Thursday, May 23, 2024

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

West                                                   Seed           Player(s)                                        
Texas 1986, 0-01Clarissa Davis 
Oklahoma 2010, 0-016Abi Olajuwon
  Texas won 76-66 
USC 1994, 0-09Lisa Leslie, Tina Thompson
UCLA 2018, 0-08Monique Billings
   UCLA won 71-63
Baylor 2012, 1-15Kalani Brown
Washington 2017, 0-112Kelsey Plum
Virginia Tech 2024, 0-113Elizabeth Kitley
Stanford 2021, 1-14Kiana Williams
USC 1983, 2-13Cheryl Miller
Texas 2018, 0-114Ariel Atkins
Mississippi State 2018, 0-111Victoria Vivans
Oregon 2019, 0-16Sabrina Ionescu
Stanford 2012, 0-07Nnemkadi Ogwumike
Colorado St. 1999, 0-010Becky Hammon
Long Beach State 1987, 0-115Cindy Brown
Louisiana Tech 1982, 3-12Pam Kelly

Here are the debut games in our all-time great West bracket - note the new updated teams.

We added 11 great women's teams due to more stats becoming available and us finding the coveted Texas 1985-86 stats to make that team (they actually recorded even blocked shots and steals that many did not record until years later).

On this link, Women's Great Teams - Arizona 2021 to Marquette 2019, we added Arizona 2021 (page 1), Auburn 1989 (page 2), Louisiana Tech 1987 (page 19) and LSU 2005 (page 23).

On this link, Women's Great Teams - Maryland 2006 to Stanford 2021, we added Michigan State 2005 (page 2), Notre Dame 2012 (page 8), Oklahoma 2002 (page 12), Old Dominion 1985 (page 15) and Old Dominion 1997 (page 16).

The big two changes were to the third and final - Women's Greats Hoops - Tennessee (8 of greatest 50 ever and we included 3) to Washington 2007Tennessee (8 of greatest 50 ever and we included 3) to Washington 2007 - with perhaps the greatest team ever (Texas 1986) added as well as Tennessee 1989 to give Pat Summit perhaps three of the top seven teams in the game. They are on pages 1 and 4 respectively.

1-seed Texas 1986 vs. 16-seed Oklahoma 2010

8-seed UCLA 2018 vs. 9-seed USC 1994 - what fun to get this rivalry game paired with Texas.

7-seed Stanford 2012 vs. 10-seed Colorado St. 1999

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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