As the curtain closed on the opening weekend of games, it's clear that there might not be a better race for bragging rights than the one in the state of Tennessee.
When the Sweet 16 gets under way on Saturday afternoon, some of the biggest stars on the court will be the smallest players on the court, the point guards.
All season long, UConn talked about taking things one game at a time rather than the possibility of perfection. Now, after withstanding some early punches from Stanford before running away in a rout, they're one and the same.
Some teams just outplay you offensively. But thanks to coach Jeff Walz and the masterful X's and O's in his game plans, Louisville's defense also excels at shutting down the opposition's strengths.
Life after Candice Wiggins has been a test of both body and spirit at Stanford. Sophomore guard Jeanette Pohlen has answered both challenges.
This might be portrayed as the Final Four of foregone conclusions. But for as much as Connecticut arrives in St. Louis as the heavy favorite, the three challengers are as complete as it gets.
The request was short and simple. But picking the country's top 15 players of the 2008-09 season was not.