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Region breakdown: Chattanooga

Tigers have been the top team all year, and still are

Posted: Monday March 14, 2005 6:10PM; Updated: Tuesday March 15, 2005 5:09PM
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Katie Feenstra and her Liberty teammates cheer from the bench during the Big South championship game.
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NCAA Tournament

By Richard Kent, Special to SI.com

Underrated: Liberty. The Lady Flames deserved to be better than a No. 13 seed. They have the ability to get to the Sweet 16 with a dominant center in Katie Feenstra and good play at the point guard position. They notched a huge win, beating Kansas State by 20 on the road early in the season.

Overrated: Virginia Tech. The Hokies were the last at-large team to get in at a No. 12 seed. They lost twice to Florida State, to Virginia at home, and in the first round of the ACC Tournament to Wake Forest.

Bracket Buster: Houston. The Lady Cougars made some noise last tournament and have the athleticism to beat Boston College in the first round, especially because the Eagles are without star guard Jessalyn Deveny.

Home cooking: Texas. The Longhorns get to play Oral Roberts and perhaps Georgia in Dallas. If guard Nina Norman is healthy they can advance to Chattanooga easily.

Best player you've never heard of: Feenstra. She is the first three-time Big South Player of the Year and the only player in the country to lead her conference in field-goal percentage, points, rebounds and blocks. She will play in the WNBA.

Best matchup: Penn State-Liberty. Liberty has a high scoring 6-7 center in the aforementioned Feenstra and Penn State will have trouble stopping her. If Liberty wins that game it has the ability to beat DePaul.

The pick: LSU. The Tigers have been the best the best team in the country and are the No. 1 overall seed. They also have the nation's best player in junior Seimone Augustus.

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