Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma is looking forward to this season for the same reason the rest of the country outside of Storrs, Conn. is: "I think the regular season is going to be exciting, as opposed to just getting through the regular season to see who Connecticut is playing in the national championship game," Auriemma says.
Auriemma thinks Baylor, Notre Dame and Tennessee are slightly above the rest of the pack, and that's how we expect the season will play out as well. For now, Baylor is the clear number one after a convincing 94-81 win over Notre Dame Sunday in the preseason WNIT title game. Defending champ Texas A&M is going to be better than expected and Louisville will be a handful come tournament time. Stanford and Duke are young but very talented. "Us winning last year was good for the game and I think even Geno and [Tennessee coach] Pat [Summitt] would say that," says Texas A&M coach Gary Blair. "Chemistry is the most underrated thing a team can have. We all want McDonalds All-Americans but every now and then my Burger All-Staters do good."In honor of Blair's analogy, let's chew on SI.com's initial women's power rankings:
NCAA Basketball Power Rankings