The round of 16 is now set in both the men’s and women’s bracket in the 2013 NCAA Basketball Championship. Of the five men’s teams from the Big 12 Conference, only Kansas is left standing as the road to the Final Four continues this week at four regional sites. The Big 12 women fared a little better than the men again this year, sending seven teams to the NCAA Tournament. Three of those teams – defending national champion Baylor, Oklahoma and Kansas – survived first and second-round action and have moved on to the Sweet 16.
This is the second straight year that both the Kansas men’s and women’s teams have advanced to the Sweet 16 round and Week No. 2 of the NCAA Basketball Championship. The Kansas Lady Jayhawks (20-13) are making their fourth appearance in the regional semifinals, while coach Kim Mulkey’s Baylor Bears (34-1) are going to the Sweet 16 for the fifth consecutive year.
Baylor’s Brittney Griner, the most celebrated female player in the country again this past season, made her final appearance before the home folks in Waco, Texas, Tuesday night with a dominating 33-point, 22-rebound performance as the Bears crushed Florida State 85-47.
No. 6-seed Oklahoma (24-10) upset UCLA, the third seed in the Oklahoma City Region, to advance to the regional semifinals round for the 10th time and the fourth time in the past five seasons.
Baylor and Oklahoma are both in Oklahoma City for the Sweet 16. Baylor, the overall top seed in the women’s tournament will play five-seed Louisville on Sunday. Oklahoma and women’s basketball traditional power Tennessee will play in the other game at that regional site. Kansas will play top-seed Notre Dame in the Norfolk (Va.) Region.
Oklahoma State and Iowa State both survived their opening round NCAA Tournament games, but were defeated in the second round. Texas Tech and West Virginia were’t as lucky, both going down to defeat in the first-round.