There is a very frosty relationship between coach Brenda Frese and her former assistant and current Louisville head coach Jeff Walz. It was clear from the the way Walz was celebrating on the sideline that this victory was especially sweet for him beyond just getting his current program to a Final Four. There just seems to be something missing in the program since the magical national title run. The women's team certainly has great talent but they tend to come up short when they get deeper into the tournament and get away from College Park.
In other news here is a good summary of the men's basketball team from the ACC Sports Journal. I agree completely that the fate of this squad really depends on the return of Greivis Vasquez. The rest of the players on the squad have failed to show that they are much more than complementary players. Without Vasquez this team may stumble through the season and be on the bubble again if the ACC is hit with massive defections to the NBA draft but they probably have little hope of doing better than that. With Vasquez they could be very good indeed.
Virginia hired Washington State head coach Tony Bennett to replace Dave Leitao. If you thought Herb Sendek's offense at N.C. State was difficult to watch be prepared to explore a new version of 40 minutes of hell. The last three season Washington State's tempo was ranked 340, 335 and 322 according to Ken Pomeroy. No team in the ACC the last three years ranked below 266 (N.C. State) in tempo. Big Ten basketball coming to your arena! It will be interesting to see how that fits with the players that Bennett inherits from Leitao because their system was almost a direct opposite. A stall ball based offense with an emphasis on half court defense is not really what the players on Virginia are suited for so it will be interesting to see who stays and if they are able to make that transition.