2016 Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament PicksNoah Williams
The draw for the Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament happened on March 14. As expected, the undefeated Connecticut Huskies are the number one overall seed. Connecticut has dominated women’s college hoops for what feels like 20 years. Click here for the latest Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament odds.
Behind the awesome Breanna Stewart, the Huskies are going for their fourth straight NCAAW Basketball Tournament Championship. As good as Connecticut has been over the years, no team, not even the Huskies, has ever won four championships in a row? Is this the year that it happens? You can find the full bracket at the NCAA’s official website.
A Closer Look At My 2016 Women’s NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament Picks
Smart Pick 2016 Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament: Connecticut
The Huskies sure look tough. The latest odds haven’t come out, but based on past odds on UConn, one could expect the Huskies to be an American Pharoah like 1 to 5, or possibly even 1 to 9, to take home the trophy in this year’s women’s college hoops tournament. Connecticut enters the tournament undefeated at 32 and 0. They have Brianna Stewart. Stewart may be the greatest player in UConn history. She’s averaging 19.3 points, 8.3 boards, and 4.2 assists per game. It’s going to take a monster effort for anybody to beat Connecticut. But, unlike horse racing, you can’t really play an exacta in basketball. So, unless you want to swallow 1 to 5 or 1 to 9 odds, it might be wise to look somewhere else for the winner.
Cinderella Pick 2016 Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament: Maryland
Why not Maryland? The Terrapins are 30 and 3 overall and 16 and 2 in the Big Ten Conference. More importantly, Maryland got as close as anybody this season to beating Connecticut. The game took place at Madison Square Garden in the Maggie Dixon Classic in late December. Maryland went toe to toe with UConn for most of the game. They ended up losing 83 to 73. If Maryland is able to do to UConn what they did in this game, that is force 13 turnovers in the first half, they might be the team to end UConn’s winning streak. The road won’t be easy for Maryland, though. The Terps are going to have to take down 1 seed Notre Dame in the Lexington Region before probably battling 1 seed South Carolina in the Sioux Falls Region in the Final Four.
Is Maryland a Cinderella pick to win the Women’s College Basketball Tournament as a 2 seed? Yes, they are. Any team outside of UConn can pretty much be considered a Cinderella Pick in the 2016 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.
My Pick 2016 Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament: Baylor
The bulk of my future money will be on Baylor to upset UConn for the 2016 Women’s College Basketball Tournament. To me, Baylor is the team to back. The Bears head into the NCAAW Tournament with a 33 and 1 overall record and a 17 and 1 Big 12 Conference Record. Baylor is considered the least likely of the four 1 seeds to make it to the Final Four. That’s perfectly okay with me. What it means is that Baylor, like Maryland, will offer odds much higher than what UConn, Notre Dame and South Carolina end up offering. The Bears have to hope that either someone upsets UConn in the Bridgeport Region, which would be one of the greatest upsets in history, or that the Bears can somehow beat UConn in the Final Four. Baylor over UConn also would be one of the greatest upsets in women’s college hoops history.
The bottom line is that anybody beating UConn for the championship is close to improbable. In Maryland, bettors have a team that knows how to play UConn tough. In Baylor, bettors have a 1 seed that’s flying under the radar. Maryland and Baylor have just as good of a shot as anybody to take down the Connecticut Huskies in the 2016 Women’s College Basketball Tournament.
Here’s a look at the matchups in the Round of 64:
No. 1 UConn vs. No. 16 Robert Morris
No. 2 Texas vs. No. 15 Alabama State
No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Hawaii
No. 4 Michigan State vs. No. 13 Belmont
No. 5 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 Chattanooga
No. 6 South Florida vs. No. 11 Colorado State
No. 7 Brigham Young vs. No. 10 Missouri
No. 8 Seton Hall vs. No. 9 Duquesne
No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 16 Idaho
No. 2 Oregon State vs. No. 15 Troy
No. 3 Louisiana vs. No. 14 Central Arkansas
No. 4 Texas A&M vs. No. 13 Missouri State
No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 12 Middle Tennessee State
No. 6 DePaul vs. No. 11 James Madison
No. 7 Oklahoma State vs. No. 10 St. Bonaventure
No. 8 St. John’s vs. No. 9 Auburn
No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 16 North Carolina A&T
No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Iona
No. 3 Kentucky vs. No. 14 UNC Asheville
No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 13 San Francisco
No. 5 Miami vs. No. 12 South Dakota State
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Purdue
No. 7 Washington vs. No. 10 Penn
No. 8 Georgia vs. No. 9 Indiana
No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 16 Jacksonville
No. 2 Arizona State vs. No. 15 New Mexico State
No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 14 Buffalo
No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 13 Army
No. 5 Florida vs. No. 12 Albany
No. 6 West Virginia vs. No. 11 Princeton
No. 7 Tennessee vs. No. 10 Green Bay
No. 8 George Washington vs. No. 9 Kansas State