Impossible? Louisville Makes Big East 1st With 5 Teams in Final 4

Impossible? Louisville Makes Big East 1st With 5 Teams in Final 4

For the first time in history, one conference has placed five teams in the Final Four, or rather Final Fours, as the Louisville women dominated Tennessee to join the UConn women, Notre Dame women, Syracuse men and Louisville men to give the Big East five teams in the Final Four. The 2006 Women’s ACC and 1985 Men’s Big East were the only other conferences to put three teams into either the Men’s or Women’s Final Four since the Women’s tournament started in 1982.

The feat was accomplished the year before all of the teams’ move to the ACC except for UConn. Lousville also became the first 5-seed or lower to ever make the Women’s Final Four.

Shoni Schimmel scored 24 points to add to the 22 she scored in the stunning upset of Baylor in Louisville’s other game in Oklahoma City, and Louisville maintained a double digit lead almost the entire game until eight-time champion Tennessee put on a press that cut the lead to single digits down the stretch. Louisville had one final push to win 86-78.

The Women’s Final Four is played next Sunday and Tuesday, alternating with the Men’s Final Four being played Saturday and Monday. In 1985 Big East fans held up signs saying, “Who invited Memphis to the Big East tournament?” and Memphis later forfeited that appearance for recruiting violations. The only three non-Big East teams playing in the two tournaments are the Michigan men, California women and Wichita State men.


Year Team1 Team2 Team3 Team4 Conf multi
2013 Connecticut Louisville Notre Dame California BE3 + Lville & Syr men
2012 Baylor Notre Dame Stanford Connecticut BE 2
2011 Texas A&M Notre Dame Connecticut Stanford BE2
2010 Connecticut Stanford Baylor Oklahoma  
2009 Connecticut Louisville Stanford Oklahoma BE2
2008 Tennessee Stanford LSU Connecticut SEC2
2007 Tennessee Rutgers North Carolina LSU SEC2
2006 Maryland Duke North Carolina LSU ACC3
2005 Baylor Michigan State LSU Tennessee SEC2
2004 Connecticut Tennessee Minnesota LSU SEC2
2003 Connecticut Tennessee Texas Duke  
2002 Connecticut Oklahoma Tennessee Duke  
2001 Notre Dame Purdue Connecticut SW Missouri St BE2
2000 Connecticut Tennessee Rutgers Penn St. BE2
1999 Purdue Duke Louisiana Tech Georgia  
1998 Tennessee Louisiana Tech Arkansas NC State SEC2
1997 Tennessee Old Dominion Notre Dame Stanford  
1996 Tennessee Georgia Connecticut Stanford SEC2
1995 Connecticut Tennessee Stanford Georgia SEC2
1994 North Carolina Louisiana Tech Purdue Alabama  
1993 Texas Tech Ohio State Iowa Vanderbilt BTen2
1992 Stanford Western Kentucky SW Missouri State Virginia  
1991 Tennessee Virginia Connecticut Stanford  
1990 Stanford Auburn Virginia Louisiana Tech  
1989 Tennessee Auburn Louisiana Tech Maryland SEC2
1988 Louisiana Tech Auburn Long Beach State Tennessee SEC2
1987 Tennessee Louisiana Tech Texas Long Beach State  
1986 Texas USC Western Kentucky Tennessee  
1985 Old Dominion Georgia Western Kentucky Northeast Louisiana Men 3 BE
1984 USC Tennessee Cheyney State Louisiana Tech  
1983 USC Louisiana Tech Old Dominion Georgia  
1982 Louisiana Tech Cheyney State Tennessee Maryland