The No. 5/5 Baylor Lady Bears, who enter the 2017 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship as a No. 1 seed for the second consecutive season and fifth time overall, open NCAA Tournament action against No. 16 seed Texas Southern this evening at 5:30 p.m. (CT) in Waco, Texas. The Tigers are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance, while the Lady Bears have earned their 14th-straight bid and 16 overall this year.
Today’s 5:30 pm CT NCAA Tournament matchup will play live on ESPN2. Live audio is also available on the Baylor Sports Network, IMG College and ESPN 1660 AM in Waco, Texas. Rick May (play-by-play) and Lori Fogleman (analyst) are on the call.
In 1982, one program was playing its first season of women’s basketball while another was changing the game.
Texas Southern played its first season in 1982 and compiled a 26-12 record.
In the 35 years since then, the Lady Tigers hadn’t put up 20 wins in a single season or advanced to the NCAA Tournament ever.
The number-one seeded Baylor Bears got the luck of the draw, only having to drive a short distance from Waco, Texas to Oklahoma City, giving them somewhat of a home-court advantage.
However, this isn’t an ordinary regional. And Baylor can’t even be considered the odds-on favorite to win it all here. The selection committee threw in some surprises (Cal, Montana State and Texas Southern), as well as some top-caliber competition (Mississippi State, Louisville and Washington).
Let’s break it down by who I think is going to win each matchup, then we’ll breakdown the Elite Eight game.