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The Lady Vols reached their sixth Final Four in seven seasons.
From Candace Parker playing through a dislocated shoulder to the Lady Vols digging down on defense with her out of the game, sheer gritty toughness led No. 1 Tennessee to its 18th Final Four. Voepel

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Texas A&M is back in the Sweet 16 for the first time in 14 years. But for as high as times are now, a team meeting in late January just might be what salvaged the season. Elizabeth Merrill

Notre Dame had already overcome injuries and tragedies. So a five-point deficit in OT wasn't such a hurdle, especially with Charel Allen pouring in the best performance of the tourney so far. Graham Hays

Not long from now, Candace Parker will be in the WNBA. For Tennessee to win two straight and send her out a champ, every other Lady Volunteer must fill her role -- just like in Cleveland a year ago. Mechelle Voepel
• Hays: Defense carries Vols to Sweet 16

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Oklahoma City 

West Lafayette, IN
1 Tennessee
16 Oral Roberts
94
55
8 Utah
9 Purdue
59
66
1 Tennessee
9 Purdue
78
52
West Lafayette, IN
5 Notre Dame
12 SMU
75
62
4 Oklahoma
13 Illinois State
69
61
5 Notre Dame
4 Oklahoma
79
75
College Park, MD
6 Arizona State
11 Temple
61
54
3 Duke
14 Murray State
78
57
6 Arizona State
3 Duke
59
67
Baton Rouge, LA
7 Syracuse
10 Hartford
55
59
2 Texas A&M
15 UTSA
91
52
10 Hartford
2 Texas A&M
39
63
Oklahoma City, OK
1 Tennessee
5 Notre Dame
74
64
3 Duke
2 Texas A&M
63
77
1 Tennessee
2 Texas A&M
53
45