From Kate Fagan: The wait is the hardest part for TCU
Pinned to the fridge inside Raegan Pebley’s home is a piece of orange construction paper, covered in red crayon.
Although that would seem like the work of kids — and Pebley does have two, a daughter and a son — this masterpiece was actually created by the Texas Christian coach and her husband, Keith.
They divided the paper into columns with the crayon:
Favorites we need to win. Teams we need to jump. Mid-major upsets that hurt us.
Each column was then filled with school names — essentially a road map outlining Championship Week, and, if all went according to this plan, a path for TCU to arrive at the promised land: the NCAA tournament.
Another team in waiting, but less nervous: Safely off NCAA bubble, Buckeyes wait for seeding
The seat cushions won’t feel like they’re bristling with pins and needles on Monday night while Ohio State waits to see where it is seeded in the NCAA women’s basketball tournament.
After a two-year postseason absence, the Buckeyes played their way into the tournament this season with a third-place finish in the Big Ten regular season and run to the championship game in the conference tournament.
Coach Kevin McGuff expects the selection committee to place Ohio State somewhere between a fifth and seventh seed.
“That sounds about right to me,” he said. “It’s always a guess. I know geography matters. They try to do something with that. But who knows?”
More on the dancers and wanna-be dancers from the Idaho Statesman: NCAA women’s basketball tournament: Boise State will dance; who joins in?
What are their chances? Check out Charlie’s latest best guess in his Bracketology.
Reminder of today’s games:
NEC – St. Francis (Brooklyn) vs. Robert Morris – ESPNU – 1 p.m.
CAA – Hofstra vs. James Madison – CAA.TV Comcast SportsNet – 1 p.m.
Southland – Houston Baptist vs. Northwestern State – CBS Sports Network – 1 p.m.
Atlantic Sun – FGCU vs. Northern Kentucky – ESPN3 – 2:30 p.m.
MVC – Wichita State vs. Missouri State – ESPN3 – 3 p.m. Of interest: This game game features two Tennessee Vols going mano-a-mano: Kellie Harper v. Jody Adams.
Horizon League – Wright State vs. Green Bay – ESPNU – 3 p.m.