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Mar 23, 2017

What a great first week of NCAA tournament games!

Near upsets, close games, sensational performances; the first and second round had something for everyone!

However, while last year the tournament had party crashers, with lower seeds going all the way to the final four, this year chalk is the word.  In fact, only fifth-seeded Ohio State in Lexington, tenth-seeded Oregon in Bridgeport, and twelfth-seeded Quinnipiac in Stockton are not one of the top four seeds in their region.

The NCAA women's basketball championship resumes this Friday and Saturday at four sites for the Sweet Sixteen. Games to be played on Friday are in Lexington (KY) and Oklahoma City (OK), while games on Saturday are in Bridgeport (CT) and Stockton (CA).

Last week we gave you a Writer’s Roundtable to break down the sub-regionals.  We love to bring you the differing opinions and stories a roundtable presents, so this week we are going a little different; we have a Coaches Roundtable discussion to help you know what to look for and who to watch (well, two of our guests work in broadcasting too) in the Regionals.

This year's NCAA Regionals preview roundtable consists of:

  • Dan Hughes, former WNBA coach and ESPN analyst
  • Katie Smith, associate head coach of the New York Liberty, and ESPN analyst
  • Shimmy Gray-Miller, longtime assistant and head coach with both Power Five and mid-major schools

It is the first roundtable for all three of our guests, although they have all been on Dishin & Swishin podcasts previously.

Together the panel explores topics including:

  • Continuing to discuss the head-scratching moves of the selection committee in terms of seeds and locations
  • Who can pull off an upset and move on?
  • Injuries, injuries, injuries and their impact
  • Can UConn be knocked off in their region?
  • A look at each regional, the teams involved and the players who could be difference makers
  • The coaches and their impact on these teams
  • Freshmen sensations in key roles, including Slocum, Ionescu, and Holmes
  • Who will advance?

Thank you again for the roundtable for making time to participate in the podcast! I know you are going to enjoy it!

Good luck to everyone dancing this weekend, let's have some more great games!