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The Pac-12 has had some recent success in the NCAA Tourney, including UCLA’s current run of four straight Sweet Sixteen appearances. But can the league snap its 29-year NCAA championship drought in 2021? Yes, if Michaela Onyenwere (21) has a say. (Yusuf Abdullah/ALOST)

Given the nature of unpredictability that is jam-packed with almost every single edition, the 2021 NCAA D-1 Women’s Basketball Tournament could end up being the most unpredictable of them all if the patterns established during this regular season — especially at the top of the women’s game — carries over into the field of 64.

We head into conference tournament action this week in the prelude to March Madness, and our latest edition of The A Lot of Sports Talk Podcast features an incisive interview with award-winning college basketball television analyst Debbie Antonelli to break down a number of the top women’s basketball teams in the country, including the four different teams that have occupied the No. 1 ranking in the Associated Press Poll this season: Connecticut, South Carolina, Stanford and Louisville. Outside of those teams, Debbie also gave us insight on some schools that may land just outside of being a No. 1 seed when Selection Monday rolls around but can be a threat to win it all, including Brenda Frese’s Maryland Terrapins, who lead the country in scoring at a staggering 91.7 points per contest. Our chat on happenings on the court also includes the contenders in the Pac-12 Conference and if that league can snap its 29 year drought and finally have one of its members win a women’s basketball national championship this season.

What also made this interview with Debbie so special is that we got the opportunity to hear her go into detail about her relationship with the late Kay Yow, legendary head coach at NC State and Olympic gold medal winner, whom Debbie played for during Debbie’s days as a women’s basketball student-athlete. Lastly, Deb gives us an update on her three sons almost five years to the day after the running of a Washington Post article written by Sally Jenkins about the Antonelli family dynamic and centered around Debbie’s middle son, Frankie, who was born with Down Syndrome and is currently a senior at Clemson University. 

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Interview Order: Intro (0:00 – 8:04); Debbie Antonelli; (8:07 – 50:19); Wrap-up (50:26 – 55:29)


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