Nothing left to do but wait (and fake it at work)
Everything's all set after this weekend. The league tournaments -- and the Ivy League's tiebreaker playoffs -- are over. Old Dominion kept alive its streak of winning every Colonial Athletic Association tournament since Paul Revere's ride. Texas A&M took the Big 12 tournament title -- in spite of the fact that I picked the Aggies to win. If that doesn't jinx a team, probably nothing will. Get ready for Gary Blair Unplugged in Tampa.Liberty edged Radford on a buzzer-beater in the Big South final; Cleveland State and Cornell each celebrated earning a first trip to the NCAA tournament. (Stanford fans, by the way, think of it as the "Poison Ivy League" because of a certain, um, upset that a certain school with two ACL injuries suffered to a certain other school 10 years ago. Really, don't ask Cardinal faithful about it, unless you just like icy stares.) Oklahoma's Sherri Coale and Baylor's Kim Mulkey are still in disbelief at how much they over-packed for such short stays in Kansas City for the Big 12 tournament. Texas coach Gail Goestenkors is glad she tossed that extra outfit in her suitcase. OK, the truth is, she had another one in there for the Big 12 title game and almost needed it. Instead, Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke got to sport his visible-from-outer-space orange blazer on the sidelines. It's all done, and now we just wait for Monday night -- 7 p.m. ET on ESPN -- to find out what teams Tennessee and UConn have to dismiss to meet each other in the preordained championship game that was promised to Candace Parker and Maya Moore when they were being recruited.
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