Thoughts going into Monday's selection show
Everyone knows UConn will be the top seed in the NCAA tournament, but who deserves to join the Huskies?
Of course, Auburn, which won the SEC and advanced to the conference title game might think differently.
Then there's Duke. The Blue Devils played one of the toughest schedules in the country and reached the finals of the ACC tournament. Stanford won the Pac-10 regular-season and conference tournament titles. That conference, however, is clearly weaker than the Big 12 and the ACC. The Cardinal didn't do enough against ranked opponents during its non-conference part of the schedule either. They lost to Tennessee, Duke and Baylor.
"If we're the No. 1 RPI conference in America ... then why can't we have two No. 1 seeds," Mulkey said. "I don't understand why you can't."
Here's what else we know going into Monday's selections.
• Iowa State could do some damage in the postseason. Without leading scorer
• The tip rule that knocked California out of the Pac-10 tournament is ridiculous. If you get the shot off, you get the shot off and it shouldn't matter what kind of shot it is. The Golden Bears have bigger things to concern themselves with than the shot with .3 seconds, though. They have yet to make it past the second round of the NCAA tournament. Would love to expand on this, but there isn't enough time left for the thought to get from my head to the computer screen.
• Stanford coach
• Another perennial power goes out. We are about to see a tournament field without Old Dominion, which lost in the Colonial tournament for the first time ever. Old Dominion, which won the CAA Tournament 17 straight times, is among several programs from the smaller conferences that once dominated the women's scene but now struggles. To their credit, the Monarchs have continued to schedule top-caliber teams. Like Louisiana Tech, which will also miss the NCAA tournament, they are having a tougher time competing with the programs from the power conferences. Old Dominion was 1-5 against ranked teams this season.