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There were a couple of big upsets in the women’s bracket - both by “local” teams

NCAA BASKETBALL: MAR 20 Div I Women’s Championship - Second Round - Creighton at Iowa

March Madness is here in full force.

On the women’s side of things, the Huskers were the only Big Ten team to fall in the first round (insert sad face here). Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Maryland, and Ohio State all registered first round wins. Two B1G teams have played second round games. Maryland cruised along to the Sweet Sixteen. In a huge shocker, Iowa lost to Creighton.

The Hawkeyes went hunting fouls (like they always do) against a Creighton team that plays a five out offense and takes a ton of three pointers. What I’m trying to say is that Creighton isn’t a very physical team and didn’t oblige Iowa in that regard. The Bluejays would rather spread the floor and find creases. The Hawkeyes bread and butter is getting the refs to blow their whistles and then making a ton of free throws. That didn’t happen against Creighton and Iowa couldn’t adjust. Now, the Bluejays are in the first Sweet Sixteen in program history. When I tuned in with 90 seconds left and Creighton was down by four, I figured they were toast. It was odd to see Iowa miss three shots that could have given them the tie in the final seconds.

The other big upset of the day was when Amy Williams’ former team, the South Dakota Coyotes upset the two seed Baylor. USD is now also in the Sweet Sixteen. It is fun to root for “local” teams and to see a bit of madness in the women’s tournament. South Dakota’s win over Baylor broke a 130+ game winning streak for the Bears against ranked non-conference opponents.

Of course, I’m going to give you a Jackrabbit update as well. The women are playing in the WNIT (they were one of the bubble teams for the NCAA tournament). They crushed the Minnesota Golden Gophers to reach the WNIT Sweet Sixteen.

Hopefully, a young Husker team watches and learns from these other area teams and uses this year’s disappointment to propel themselves to a win in next year’s Dance.

Frosted Flakes

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Sportin’ Stuff Outside the 402/308

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More Noise and Other Disturbances

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Another Week - Another Poop Article

They just keep coming.

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Then There’s This

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