No. 3 seed Louisville toppled 1-seed Maryland on Monday to reach its first Final Four. But instead of feeling like an upset, the better team won thanks to stars who rose to the occasion and a bench that came through when it mattered.
If life had taken a different route, Maryland natives Marissa Coleman and Angel McCoughtry might have been college teammates. But Monday, Coleman's Terps and McCoughtry's Cardinals clash in the Elite Eight.
It's sometimes said there are players who simply won't let their teams lose. Saturday, Marissa Coleman was exactly that kind of player, scoring 42 points as Maryland overcame an 18-point deficit to beat fourth-seeded Vanderbilt.
No bracket is flawless, but this year's field is pretty sound. And although some top teams will be playing on the "road," and some very familiar matchups might await, right now, there's no easy path for any team -- except, maybe, UConn.
If Charlie Creme's December Bracketology ended up as March's 64-team NCAA tournament field, how would it play out? Here are round-by-round predictions -- and yes, UConn reaches St. Louis and the Final Four.
Benched in last year's NCAA Tournament, Kristi Toliver is back this season with a refreshed attitude and an improved game after some summertime schooling. And now, the Maryland junior has been one of the nation's best point guards.