As the 2012 NCAA Tournament nears completion, the men's version has had significantly more excitement than the women's side.
In the men's, two 15 seeds made tournament history by winning first-round games. No. 13 seed Ohio took No. 1 seed North Carolina to the wire, forcing overtime in an eventual loss. No. 12 seed Virginia Commonwealth, on the heels of a magical tournament run last year, nearly found itself in the Sweet Sixteen again this year.
Yet on the women's side, all four No. 1 seeds reached the Final Four. And all four No. 1 seeds did it easily.
Baylor got there by winning games by margins of 41, 19, 25 and 19 points. It led by double-digits at the half in three of those four games. The only fun anyone had watching the Bears was tuning in to see if star Brittney Griner would dunk.
Notre Dame's road was just as easy. The Lady Irish won their games by 31, 11, 44 and 31 points. Three of their four games were decided by at least 30 points. Just one men's tournament game was decided by more than 26 points all tournament long.
UConn got there with wins by 36, 46, 18 and 15 points. And Stanford did it with wins of 22, 17, 16 and 12.
Think about this: no No. 1 seed won a single game by single digits all tournament. You could have had one of the top brackets in the country simply by picking favorites. All four No. 1 seeds made the Final Four. All four No. 2 seeds made the Elite Eight. And just two double-digit seeds reached the Sweet Sixteen.
Suffice it to say that nobody's bracket is exactly busted. And as I've said before -- and taken heat for before -- this just adds gasoline to the fire for anyone saying women's hoops is more March Monotony than March Madness this time of year.