The Sweet 16 is set. Time for some first impressions, including the fact the tournament has a much less predictable plot than the past two seasons.
Four coaches. Two hours of talk time. Anything goes, including an appearance from a former president.
Forward Amanda Thompson has come a long way in taking Oklahoma to the Final Four, and the Sooners have needed her every step of the way.
Three of the teams from 2009's national semifinals found their way back to the Final Four, joining Baylor in San Antonio.
In its first Women's Final Four, Louisville looked like a different team -- in a bad way. The Cardinals seemed down and out against Oklahoma, but a second-half comeback led them all the way to their first championship game.
Ultimately, Courtney Paris fell short of helping OU win its first NCAA title. But she and twin sister Ashley left their mark and lifted the program to its best season in seven years.
A year ago, Stanford beat UConn on this very stage. But don't think their Final Four rematch is about revenge. Both teams have changed a lot in the past 12 months, and both teams have plenty to prove.
Geno Auriemma has said all along that Tina Charles' consistent play in the post might be the key to UConn's sixth NCAA title. Charles is ready to answer the call.
Her promise to pay back her $64,000 scholarship was more devotional pledge than cocky guarantee -- and a perfect example of who the real Courtney Paris is.
Whitney Hand's positive personality and potent 3-pointers often relax Oklahoma. And that's just what the Sooners need at the pressure-packed Final Four.
After sharing the court as counselors at a basketball summer camp, Jayne Appel, Angel McCoughtry, Renee Montgomery and Courtney Paris will share the spotlight in St. Louis at the Final Four.
The march to the Arch is nearly complete. The Final Four is about to take shape. And one more win is all that matters ... until we reach St. Louis.
Technically, Stanford scored an upset Saturday. From the get-go, it was clear the Cardinal and Brooke Smith had the upper hand over Oklahoma.