Projecting the seeds

November 16, 1999|By Milton Kent


1. Connecticut

Last season: 29-5, lost to Iowa State in Mideast semifinals

Skinny: Huskies' youth might be the only thing keeping them from a title.

2. Georgia

Last season: 27-7, lost to Duke in Final Four

Skinny: Coco and Kelly Miller are best sister duo since Virginia's Burge twins.

3. Penn State

Last season: 22-8, lost to Louisiana Tech in West second round

Skinny: Guard Helen Darling and center Andrea Garner give Nittany Lions a nice inside-outside duo.

4. Virginia Tech

Last season: 28-3, lost to Tennessee in East semifinals.

Skinny: Heavy graduation losses might keep Hokies out of Top 10.


1. Tennessee

Last season: 31-3, lost to Duke in East final

Skinny: Best starting five in the nation and talented bench may result in another title.

2. Rutgers

Last season: 29-6, lost to Purdue in Midwest final

Skinny: Vivian Stringer can become first women's coach to take three different schools to the Final Four.

3. Iowa State

Last season: 25-8, lost to Georgia in Mideast final

Skinny: Guard Stacy Frese heads one of the country's most balanced attacks.

4. Marquette

Last season: 21-8, lost to Kansas in Midwest first round

Skinny: Golden Eagles could become first Conference USA team to make noise on national level.


1. Louisiana Tech

Last season: 30-3, lost to Purdue in Final Four

Skinny: Lack of experience up front may keep Techsters out of a third straight Final Four.


Last season: 26-8, lost to Louisiana Tech in West final

Skinny: Preseason injuries, monster early schedule may cripple Bruins at the start.

3. Old Dominion

Last season: 28-4, lost to Duke in East semifinals

Skinny: Monarchs' domination of weak CAA has hurt their tournament seeding.

4. Illinois

Last season: 19-12, lost to Clemson in Mideast second round

Skinny: Should challenge Penn State for the Big Ten title.


1. Oregon

Last season: 25-6, lost to Iowa State in Mideast second round

Skinny: Looking for seventh straight NCAA appearance and first Top 16 seed.

2. Notre Dame

Last season: 26-5, lost to LSU in West second round

Skinny: Ruth Riley is best returning post player in the country.

3. Auburn

Last season: 20-9, lost to Virginia Tech in East second round

Skinny: Tigers bring back all five starters and 11 letter winners.

4. North Carolina State

Last season: 17-12, lost to Texas Tech in Midwest second round

Skinny: Talented Wolfpack could repeat 1998 Final Four trip.

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