Quick, who won the women's NCAA championship last season?
Hint: Not Connecticut. Not Tennessee. Not Stanford. Not Duke. Nope, not Baylor, either, despite 6-8 blocking machine Brittney Griner.
It was Texas A&M, and the runner-up was Notre Dame, proving that the women's game is getting deeper. This season, the race to the top could be more wide-open than ever. Rising programs like the the University of Miami, No. 7 in the AP preseason poll, and 10th-ranked Georgetown could be in the mix come late-March.
The days of Geno Auriemma's UConn Huskies and Pat Summitt's Vols rolling over the rest of the country are past. In fact, Tennessee hasn't made the Finals Four since winning back-to-back titles in 2007 and 2008.
This could be the year, though, that the Vols rise again. Not only is it the last shot for seniors Shekinna Stricklen, Glory Johnson, Alicia Manning and Alssia Brewer, but they will be hypermotivated to win the title for legendary coach Summitt, who is battling early-onset dementia.