Thursday, May 23, 2024

South Bracket - Tournament of Greatest Women's Teams In History

Here are the debut games in our all-time great South bracket:

9-seed Oklahoma 2002 vs. 8-seed Texas Tech 1993

5-seed Louisiana Tech 1988 vs. 12-seed Arizona 2021

7-seed Kentucky 2013 vs. 10-seed LSU 2005

South                                               Seed         Player(s)                                                   
Tennessee 1998, 4-01Tamika CatchingsChamique Holdsclaw
Auburn 2009, 0-116Keke Carrier, DeWanna Bonner
   
Oklahoma 2002, 0-09Stacey Dales (cards being made)
Texas Tech 1993, 0-08Sheryl Swoopes
   
Louisiana Tech 1988 0-0 W80-645Teresa Weatherspoon (cards being made)
Arizona 2021, 0-012Sylvia FowlesSeimone Augustus
   
South Carolina 2017, 1-113A'ja Wilson
LSU 2023, 1-04Angel Reese
   
SouthSeedPlayer(s)
Connecticut 2010, 2-13Breanna Stewart
Duke 2006, 0-114Alison Bales
   
Virginia 1991, 1-011Dawn Staley
Baylor 2019, 1-16Brittney Griner
   
Kentucky 2013, 0-010DeNesha Stallworth
LSU 2005, 0-07Sylvia Fowles, Seimone Augustus
   
Virginia 2018, 0-115Dominique Toussaint
South Carolina 2024, 1-02Kamilla Cardoso

 The outline for how we got here is below: 

We found complete stats for one of the best few women's basketball teams in history, the Texas Longhorns 1985-86 undefeated national champs. This holiday weekend we plan to produce eight new all-time great women's teams which will give us a set of 64 - the perfect number for a new Value Add Basketball Game tournament.

The 64 teams we have selected for the game were chosen on the following basis:

If a team had one of these players we list as the greatest 40 college players of all time, then that team is in the game.

In addition, these 50 teams we rank as the best of all time are in the game EXCEPT when a team has several of the top 50 teams over the course of a few years, we just keep one of the teams so no player is on more than one team.

In addition to those teams, we took the best team from some other very strong programs.

Finally, I took a point of personal preference of two teams I used to watch in person - the first Marquette team to beat UConn and the first Auburn team to beat Tennessee.

I broke down the 64 teams into the four regular March Madness regions - East, South, Midwest and West - and seeded them based basically on these current rankings I keep for my game - but I tweaked a bit to line up seeds so that the teams I have yet to use in the game play each other first - so every 0-0 team is playing another 0-0 team until all teams have played once in order to catch any mistakes on any cards. 


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