Crafting gifted defensive teams isn't easy, but the decision can result in a rewarding judgement. Both Tennessee and Ole Miss can testify to that.
Mississippi's clutch defense more than gets the job done when the Rebels' offense falters. But against defending champ Maryland on Tuesday, Ole Miss must perform at both ends of the court.
After 33 seasons, Pat Summitt still wins because she changes with the times. And in lifting Tennessee to its 17th Final Four, who better to help the coach carry the past into the present than Candace Parker?
Considering the Rebels have been working on their conditioning for a year, it's no wonder Oklahoma just couldn't keep up with Mississippi's frenetic tempo Sunday.
Three things will determine which teams keep dancing in Dayton on Sunday. And we're talking about a lot more than the numbers on the jerseys of the regional's biggest stars.
Maryland didn't lose its crown on Tuesday; Armintie Price and Mississippi stole it with four years of work, about 10 minutes of perfection and a little ugly ball along the way.