Which teams will reach San Antonio?

Updated: March 15, 2010, 10:57 PM ET
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In less than three weeks, the women's NCAA tournament will culminate with the Final Four in San Antonio. Which teams will be there to decide the 2009-10 championship?

Mechelle Voepel's Final Four picks

Connecticut, Tennessee, Stanford, Nebraska

Connecticut: The Huskies' supposed potential weaknesses -- foul trouble, lack of depth, vulnerability to a zone defense -- haven't proven to be that yet this season. The consistent greatness of this team is what stands out the most.

Tennessee: There are some very good teams in the path of the Orange Crush, but staying in the state through the early rounds and the regional really helps. Tennessee will need to keep its offense out of those deep-freeze slides, though.

Stanford: The Cardinal have the scariest No. 2 seed; Texas A&M has so much good guard play that this really is not a good matchup for the Cardinal. However, Stanford will be near home and should prevail on the interior.

Nebraska: Will the second time in Kansas City be a charm for the Huskers? They lost in the Big 12 semifinals there to Texas A&M. Should they make it back to KC, they could face another league foe in third-seeded Oklahoma.

Graham Hays' Final Four picks

Connecticut, Tennessee, Stanford, Nebraska

Connecticut: It would take an act of a higher power to keep the Huskies away from San Antonio. And while Florida State's Jacinta Monroe or Ohio State's Jantel Lavender could make things interesting for Tina Charles in a potential Dayton Regional final, neither foe qualifies as a supernatural phenomenon.

Tennessee: When Tennessee and Baylor played to open the season, many thought it might be a Final Four preview. Instead, the Lady Vols might have to contend with Brittney Griner in the Sweet 16. It's not an easy road, but they have the balance, defense and rebounding to make it to San Antonio and give everyone the game they want to see against Connecticut.

Stanford: For my money, the two best teams that aren't No. 1 seeds reside in Stanford's quarter of the draw. The good news for the Cardinal is Texas A&M and Xavier would have to play each other before one of them gets a shot at the Pac-10 champs. And the bad news for the Aggies or Musketeers is there's a reason Stanford was able to push Connecticut in Hartford -- even after playing Duke and Tennessee in the same nine-day stretch.

Nebraska: The Huskers couldn't have picked a better draw if the committee handed them a blank bracket. That's not to say they won't get a battle from the likes of Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Michigan State, but you don't get to the Final Four without beating an elite team or two. And none of the other top Kansas City seeds are exactly loaded with size to push Nebraska on the boards or get Kelsey Griffin into foul trouble the way Texas A&M did in the Big 12 championship game.

Charlie Creme's Final Four picks

Connecticut, Tennessee, Stanford, Notre Dame

Connecticut: Call out the cavalry if the Huskies aren't in the Final Four. The Alamo won't be the only thing to remember if UConn isn't in San Antonio. Connecticut is just too talented for the other high seeds in the Dayton Regional.

Tennessee: A potential Sweet 16 meeting with Baylor might be interesting and a good way to measure how far Brittney Griner has come from her first collegiate test until now. But the Lady Vols are just too long and, it appears, too hungry to get knocked out early again.

Notre Dame: The Irish might have to win a de facto Big 12 title to get there, but Notre Dame's depth and versatility can carry the Irish over Oklahoma and Nebraska in the Kansas City Regional.

Stanford: A clash with Texas A&M in a regional final would be one of the most anticipated games of the entire tournament, and the Aggies have been tested far more in the past two months. However, Stanford's size and experience would prevail in what would be an interesting battle of styles.