UConn leads way in 1-64 NCAA tournament power rankings


UConn might be the favorite to win its 12th NCAA tournament, but there are 63 other teams standing in the way. Here's how we size up the field before the first round tips off Friday (ESPN2, noon ET).
64. Grambling
Best case: Junior guard Shakyla Hill, who posted a quadruple-double earlier this season, does one better with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 11 assists, 10 steals and 10 blocks -- and the Tigers manage to stay within 30 of Baylor.
Worst case: Baylor freshman point guard Alexis Morris bottles up Hill, Grambling doesn't hit 20 points in the first half and Kalani Brown outscores Grambling all by herself.
63. Seattle
Best case: Leading scorer and rebounder Alexis Montgomery, a redshirt senior who missed a year and a half with an injury, plays like she doesn't want her career to end, and the Red Hawks stay within eight points of Oregon at halftime. The Ducks pull away in the second half, but the Eugene crowd gives Montgomery a standing ovation as she leaves the court.
Worst case: Seattle, playing in its first NCAA tournament, is overwhelmed by the Matthew Knight Arena crowd and never threatens the Ducks, who hit 100 points.
62. Nicholls State
Best case: The Colonels ride the high of their first NCAA tournament berth and catch a Mississippi State team that's still upset over its loss in the SEC tournament off guard. Nicholls State is still in the game midway through the second quarter.
Worst case: The Bulldogs are still mad about that loss to South Carolina and unleash that fire.