Taking on the Women's Bracket

UConn fans are studying maps to find out where this mysterious outpost called "Fresno" is located (um, you'll have to look past the Mississippi River … and the Rocky Mountains). Of course, the loudest Chicken Littles in Huskies Nation started screaming, "People! Do I have to remind you we lost at the Hartford Civic Center last week?! We might not even make it to Fresno!"

Duke's bus drivers are wondering if they could drive to Raleigh, and then possibly Greensboro, literally in their sleep. Blue Devil guard Lindsey Harding probably figures she'll just ride a bike over to Raleigh. It'll be a good workout.

North Carolina guard Ivory Latta is practicing her Texas two-step, getting ready for the Dallas Regional.

Then you have the top four seeds in the Death, er, Destruction, er, Doom, er, Damned, er, Dayton Regional.

So we asked NCAA selection committee chair Judy Southard about it all.

"Principles and procedures," Southard said.

Top-seeded Tennessee, 2-seed Maryland, third-seeded Oklahoma and No. 4 seed Ohio State have this to say about potentially meeting in Dayton: "GR%#@$! M%#$&! F@@%$&$!"

Well, maybe not publicly. The Women's Basketball Coaches Association has passed on the message to coaches to clam up no matter how ticked off they are, lest the selection committee get so offended it decides to hold the NCAA Tournament on another planet. (Memo to committee: Just in case the "principles and procedures" haven't been updated with this, Pluto is technically not a planet anymore.)

Tennessee coach Pat Summitt can pretty much say whatever she wants, though. Last year she was in the Group of Death at the Cleveland Regional, and now this one in Dayton looks like it might even be deadlier.

"Last year, we obviously gave them some options. We didn't run the table in the SEC by any means. I think this year's different," Summitt said of Tennessee going undefeated in its regular-season league play before falling to LSU in the league tournament.

"I thought Oklahoma was a No. 2 seed, I think Maryland's a No. 2 seed, I think Ohio State's a No. 3 seed. That's my opinion, and it really doesn't matter. I can't imagine the other teams being very thrilled about it, either. If I'm Ohio State, I'm like, 'A 4-seed?' Oklahoma, a 3-seed? Both of those surprise me."

Well, a lot of people have wanted to see Tennessee's Candace Parker and OU's Courtney Paris on the same court. Maybe it will happen in Dayton. But we know now it can't happen in Cleveland.

What could happen in Cleveland, though, is a Tobacco Road battle for the title (North Carolina vs. Duke) or old reliable (UConn vs. Tennessee). Or a whole bunch of other stuff. At the rate things have been going, who knows what will go on between now and then. I'm starting to wonder if women's hoops has unknowingly turned into a reality show.

Good gravy, what a day. What a past week.

We've got the ongoing Pokey Chatman saga, which obviously no one at LSU wants to -- or even can, really -- talk about. Certainly not LSU associate athletics director Southard, who in her worst nightmares couldn't have imagined her time as chair coinciding so dreadfully with such sad times at her school.

"Principles and procedures," Southard said.

As if there isn't really enough going on with the tough times in Baton Rouge, and the little matter of the NCAA Tournament … we also have Texas coach Jody Conradt resigning Monday night after 31 years at the school.

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