On Thursday night, the Commodores used a big second half to push themselves past Texas A&M, earning a quarterfinal matchup against a Florida squad they’ve already defeated twice. If the Gators happen to avenge their two earlier losses, it still seems like Vanderbilt will become the first team to earn an at-large bid with 15 losses.
With a victory, however, the Commodores will improve upon their Top-50 record of 5-7 and their 10-13 Top-100 mark. While a 20-point loss to the 254th-ranked Missouri sticks out like a sore thumb, a single bad loss, particularly with just nine games scheduled against teams from outside of the Top 100, shouldn’t keep Vandy out.
With their frantic late rally against UCLA in last night’s final Pac-12 tournament quarterfinal falling short, the Trojans now must wait to see if its profile will be good enough. While USC defeated the Bruins and American Athletic champion SMU at home, a late swoon that featured four consecutive losses (before three straight wins over the woeful Washington schools) means Andy Enfield’s team isn’t assured of a second consecutive NCAA bid. A decent 10-6 record away from the Galen Center and the presence of a lone loss to a team from outside of the Top 100 should keep USC in, however.
“I’m a woman. I’m all for women’s empowerment and everything. Donald’s done tons for the women’s game,” Cristie Kerr told GolfChannel.com from the CME Group Tour Championship in Naples, Fla., in November. “I just think it’s unfair [Burk’s] pressing our organization to jump on the bandwagon when not all of us feel the way she does.”
LPGA commissioner Michael Whan has sounded relieved not to have the last word when it comes to such a weighty decision.
“All I’ve said to the USGA is this, ‘You have long since proven you support women’s golf so if you tell us this is the right place to play then we’re right there with you,’” Whan told Reuters in October.