Cash, Detroit Shock
Well, it's that time of year again. NCAA
Tournament time. Or, should I say the time of the year when
all the Husky haters come out the closet and begin their annual
tirade. But I have said it before and I will say it again:
my Lady Huskies are fine.
Even after some difficulties down the stretch
and losing in the Big East Tournament, I have no doubt that
the Lady Huskies will be ready to put the recent past behind
them and excel in the NCAA Tournament. This is the time of
the year when Coach Auriemma demands excellence, the players
demand perfection, and the whole state of Connecticut looks
forward to yet another national championship.
When it's all said and done, if UConn's Tournament
run does not culminate in New Orleans with a championship
coronation, they will, no doubt, have gone down fighting like
the true champions they are.
So of course I am pulling for UConn to win
it all, but I am also excited to see the great players like
Diana Taurasi or Alana Beard on the biggest stage. But I am
also excited to see who will emerge as the next
Diana Taurasi or Alana Beard. This is the time when names
that people may not have heard before become more popular.
For example, look out for a lady from Penn
State named Tanisha Wright. Right now, she is stuck in the
shadow of the Kelly Mazzante hoopla, but she is that holds
together Penn State's hopes of going to the Final Four.
Also, please don't sleep on a girl that hales
from the state of Texas. She is not a Longhorn, but she is
long on talent. Her name Chandi Jones. Last year, while working
a game for ESPN, I had opportunity to see her up close and
personal. She is the real deal and will only get better. Chandi,
you haven't been given your fair share of props, so here goes,
You bad! And I love to watch you play. I'm just hoping that
come Draft time, some teams don't pick up on you and that
you will be taken with by Detroit. I am a fan of this kind,
no doubt about it.
Alright, so without any further interruption,
here are my picks for the finals: UConn (no surprise), Duke,
Georgia, and Tennessee.
Well, that's my two cents, not that its much,
but its mine! And how awesome would it be if UConn swept both
the men's and women's National Championships? It can happen!
FEAR THE DOGS!
I will be with the U.S. Women's National Team
in Europe over the next couple of weeks, but we'll all be watching…
Swin Cash, University
of Connecticut '02