ESPN has the Coyote women playing Louisville as a 15 seed in a first-round game in Ames to open the NCAA tournament. If that were to happen, it would include some connections between the two teams.
Louisville coach Jeff Walz was an assistant coach at Nebraska when Amy Williams was finishing up her career there as a player. It will make for an interesting story line if the game actually comes to fruition.
The other deal is that Polly Harrington, who is finishing her career strong at USD, began her college basketball playing at Louisville. Harrington, a native of Kansas City, Mo., played 16 games for the Cardinals during a season where they advanced to the Sweet 16. Harrington actually played in the first two Louisville games in the tournament but did not score.
So that’s the trivia question that you can use to win candy bars and the like from your friends today: Which USD player will be participating in her second NCAA tournament?
The tournament pairings will be announced on St. Patrick’s Day.
Again, if it would be Louisville, USD would be in for a handful. Not that that should be news. If the Coyotes are indeed a 15 seed, they’re going to be playing a top-10 team whether they enjoy any previous connections or not. The aforementioned Walz has guided the Cardinals to two Final Four appearances and national runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2013 along with four Sweet 16 appearances. Last year the Cardinals pulled off an incredible upset by beating Brittny Griner-led Baylor in the round of 16.
This year Louisville is 30-4 and lost to UConn in the finals of the American Athletic Conference in its most recent game. The Cards have absolutely mauled anything resembling a mid-major this season.