The final games of the regular season will offer some intrigue as teams race to seed in conference and national tournaments.
On Friday night, the underperforming 10th-place Indiana team faces Maryland at home (8 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network).
The Hoosiers beat Maryland in January, and are now just one win behind the Terrapins in a crowded field at the top of the Big Ten. If Maryland wins, it will likely win its fourth straight regular-season generals title and be the top seed in the Big Ten; If it loses, it will fall among the swarms.
On Sunday, Louisville and North Carolina State will close out the regular season with ranked opponents they beat. The Cardinals will face No. 14 Notre Dame (noon, ESPN2), and the Wolfpack will face No. 23 Virginia Tech (6 p.m., ACC Network). A nasty loss for either team could take them out of the top four seeds overall and provide a steeper path towards the ACC title.
During the Southeast Conference, South Carolina’s strangulation at the top of the table silenced some of its familiar competitors. But the state of Louisiana with a new look has entered the top 10 for the first time in 13 years with Kim Mulkey at the helm and looking to enter the NCAA tournament despite not qualifying as of 2018.
On Sunday, the Eighth Tigers will take on No. 16 Tennessee (2pm, ESPN2), a team that got off to a strong start but has recently been bullied, losing four of six – albeit against a group of opponents. Difficult players include Connecticut and South Carolina. – before Thursday’s victory.
However, Mulkey’s former team, Baylor, barely tire of her absence. The Bears will take on Iowa State on Monday (7pm, ESPN2), with NaLyssa Smith, one of the best players in the country, on center stage as she attempts to drag the Bears to the top of the Big 12.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/25/sports/basketball/womens-college-basketball-tournament-preview.html NCAA Tournament: South Carolina locked in 1st place before disturbance