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College Station, TX, December 6, 2009

2009 NCAA College Cup: Stanford 0-1 UNC

UNC’s 20th national championship, a/k/a the end of the O’Hara era at the Cardinal.

Enough ink has been spilled on KO’s ejection at the 73rd minute but not enough about Baby Press soldiering on without the partner that helped make Stanford’s unprecedented 25-0 run possible.

I see you there, #4 Meghan Klingenberg…

ACC has one team left in NCAA tournament

The reputed best conference in the country has some explaining to do.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, which sent nine teams to the NCAA tournament, has one left standing (North Carolina) after two rounds. That’s quite a slide from a year ago when the ACC put a record six teams in the Sweet 16 and two in the Final Four, a banner year that came with offseason bragging rights.

The bragging might be quieter this offseason.*

Surpassing expectations was the much-maligned Big Ten, slammed throughout the season and ignored completely in February when the selection committee offered a preview of its thinking: No Big Ten teams were among the top 16 seeds (none, the committee said, merited a 1, 2, 3 or 4).

Who’s laughing now? 

*Of course, if North Carolina wins it all, then never mind.