Good gal-ly:More hoops

March 26, 2002 9:52 AM
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Connecticut and lay the points.

So much for the women’s NCAA basketball tournament.

Oh, you mean there’s more?

Okay, take Pat Summitt and lay the points until Tennessee meets UConn. What else does anyone need to know about the state of hoops, women’s style?  Parity simply doesn’t exist.  Years ago, Old Dominion and Louisiana Tech controlled the sport. Tennessee replaced ODU as Louisiana Tech’s main worry.  North Carolina, Iowa, Texas, USC and Purdue broke in for a cup of coffee until UConn built its dynasty.

For the first time all season, odds have begun appearing for the 2002 NCAA women’s  tournament games. While, this event pales  compared to March Madness,  there is some money to be had. And, that makes women’s hoops a most enticing venture.

“There was no reason to book the women’s tournament  until this past Saturday,” said John Avello, race and sports book director at Bally’s-Paris Las Vegas.

“Now that the men’s games are down to two (per day), there’s a spot on the board for the women,” he said. “If you just like to watch and wager, it’s worth a play. We have the games up just to give bettors something to do. Believe me, everything else is on the shelf compared to the men’s tournament.

Maybe, we were wrong. UConn only beat Penn State by 18, failing to cover as a 23-point favorite. Good thing we had no money riding.

PUT UP YOUR DUKES: Avello said there is no clearcut favorite in the NCAAs, now that the tourney has reached the Final Four.

 “No team seems to be able to put any team away until the end,” Avello said. “However, the interest has been as strong as I have ever seen it for the NCAA’s.”

Avello said that Oklahoma would be  a seven to eight-point favorite over Indiana.

My bracket has Maryland and Oklahoma in the Finals with the Terps winning it all.