Baylor had won 32 in a row, Griner had scored 30 or more points in her previous four games, Baylor had outscored its opponent by nearly 1,000 points this season, and these games leading up to the championship seemed a mere formality.
A 16th-seeded school has still never defeated a No.1. Yet, No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast's shocking upset of No. 2 Georgetown in the first round of the South Region felt like a 16 over a 1.
One school was founded in 1789, the other in 1997. FGCU has only been eligible for the NCAA tournament for two years after moving up divisions.
And it was the brazen way FGCU won. The Eagles dominated and played like they were the No. 2 seed. The play of the tournament was the alley-oop pass and dunk from guard Brett Comer to Chase Fieler. It was an in-your-face statement against a program that 30 years ago bullied its way with its "Hoya Paranoia." What FGCU did was more like "Whoa, we'll annoy ya."
Louisville's David versus Goliath-like victory over Baylor in the women's NCAA regional semifinal Sunday night has to be the biggest upset this season and, for that matter, any season.
The Bears came into the tournament as the heavy favorite to repeat thanks to the stellar play of Brittney Griner. Her play helped Baylor put together an incredible streak that saw the program win 74 of its last 76 basketball games going back to the 2011-12 season. Louisville's win Sunday snapped a 32-game win streak. It may not be a dynasty, but it's as close to one as you can get.