"Green and Yellow" not just for Packers
DALLAS (AP) - Baylor loves Lil' Wayne's tune "Green and Yellow,'' a remix he made for the Green Bay Packers during their run to the Super Bowl.
But they have a request.
They want the rap star to pen a version for them as they try to make their second straight Final Four.
"Come on Lil' Wayne, you need to go ahead and put a little Baylor in there for us,'' said star Brittney Griner, who has the tune on her playlist.
Although Baylor's colors are actually green and gold, Griner and the team are fans of the song because its title so closely matches their hues. "Green and Yellow'' is a remix Lil' Wayne made of Wiz Khalifa's hit "Black and Yellow.''
"When I first heard that song: 'I was like, oh that's Baylor right there,'' Griner said excitedly when asked what she thought about the song.
Baylor's Brooklyn Pope is an aspiring rapper and was playing another Lil' Wayne song on her iPod Monday morning. She too wishes the New Orleans rapper would give the Bears a shoutout with a remix of "Green and Yellow'' geared toward them.
After all, they are the only team in women's basketball with a player who has dunked this season.
"He wasn't speaking to us, but he should,'' Pope said. "Lil' Wayne should make a Baylor song. We have Brittney Griner on our team, that's pretty entertaining in itself.''
If Lil' Wayne were to remix the song for the Lady Bears, there's a good chance coach Kim Mulkey would not be a fan of it. Both players groaned about Mulkey's musical offerings, which include playing Rascal Flatts songs during every practice.
Griner said the country tunes don't really get them amped up for games.
"Definitely we would like to listen to more rap,'' she said.
ANYTHING YOU CAN DO: Top teams rule the regional in the women's tournament.
Seven of the eight teams playing Monday and Tuesday in the regional finals are top seeds. Compare that to the men's field, where upsets ruled and not a single No. 1 or No. 2 seed advanced to the Final Four.
Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie is tired of a tournament dominated by heavyweights like Connecticut and Tennessee. She'd enjoy new blood in an anything-can-happen mix like the men's tournament has established. She sees no reason why the women can't grow the tournament to the point where the mid-majors can win as easily as the perennial powers.
And McCallie said the women might reach that parity in a tournament that's only 30 years old faster than the men did in one that started in 1939.
"The women are better than the men, that's the difference,'' she said, with a dose of sarcasm. "Women are superior, and that's exactly what I'm talking about. This is where our multitasking and intuitive smarts come in as women. We can grow this game and we can know that we need to do certain things to do it.
"I have great respect for what the men do. I compare to be better. Not compare to follow, but compare to be better.''
RATINGS BOON: Connecticut's hard-fought 68-63 win over Georgetown in the regional semifinals was the most viewed women's NCAA tournament game ever for the first three rounds. The contest earned a 1.2 overnight rating, topping the previous high of 1.1 set by the Huskies against Boston College in 2003. That numbers was matched the next season in UConn's contest against UC Santa-Barbara. Texas Tech against Tennessee also matched that number in 2005.
GRINER FREEBIES: For all the hacking that Brittney Griner has to endure, the 6-foot-8 Baylor sophomore standout gets to the free throw line a lot. And she's gotten so much better there since a miserable start this season.
When Griner scored a career-high 40 points in the NCAA round of 16 against Green Bay, her total included going 10 for 10 from the free throw line. She is 29-of-35 during the NCAA tournament.
In the first week of the season, Griner was 5 of 13 from the line in a one-point loss at Connecticut that still bothers her - and was 19 of 32 (59 percent) the first four games. She has since hit 81 percent of her free throws (208 of 256).
LONE STAR BASKETBALL: Texas A&M coach Gary Blair has a message for all the people in the Lone Star State still focusing on spring football.
There is some pretty good basketball still being played in Texas.
"There's basketball all across the country now. But isn't it surprising in the state of Texas, which is supposedly the `Woo!' football state, we have the Mavericks, the Rockets and the Spurs, and we get national champions in women's basketball,'' he said Monday. "And we're still writing about spring football.''
Blair's second-seeded Aggies play top-seeded Baylor in the Dallas Regional final on Tuesday night, a matchup of the Big 12's top two teams for a berth in the NCAA Final Four.
"This is basketball time, and the last two teams that are standing are women, whether we like it or not,'' he said. "Embrace it.''
AP Sports Writer Dan Gelston and AP Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg in Philadelphia contributed to this report.