Definitely not the teams that most people expected to be in the Final Four. Great job by both of them getting there. It's refreshing for the sport to have a new team in and one that no one thought could advance past Baylor.
This is going to be a track meet with a lot of shots going up. It may come down to offensive shot selection to determine who comes away with the victory. Whoever settles in the quickest will win the game.
Louisville may have the most exciting player left in the tournament in Shoni Schimmel. She carried the Cardinals to the upset over Baylor and then past Tennessee. She's so fantastically exciting to watch.
The Cardinals are definitely battle-tested and coach Jeff Walz has been here before, which gives him some experience on how to handle the Final Four. Louisville had incredible motivation. No one thought they'd beat Baylor, then no one thought they'd beat Tennessee. Now look where they are.
While Louisville had a tough road, Cal had a little bit of an easier time despite winning two games in overtime. The Golden Bears didn't have to face top-seeded Stanford or No. 3 seed Penn State after both were knocked out in earlier rounds.
Lindsay Gottlieb has a great head on her shoulders and has done a wonderful job, even though it's her first trip to the Final Four. When I took Michigan State to the Final Four I was fortunate to have Tom Izzo around to offer his advice. The culture he established at the school helped get us ready for the challenges.
When you look at that championship trophy the first time it impacts you, you want to just go and get it since you don't know when you're going to be back again.