NCAA reveals logo for 2016 women’s Final Four

Women’s college basketball doesn’t usually get a lot of attention. This is partially due to one team *cough* Connecticut *cough* ruling the scene for most of the last decade. It is also partially due to the fact that it competes with the more popular March Madness scene.

One thing that the women’s side of basketball usually gets is much better looking Final Four logos.

Over the weekend, the 2016 Final Four logo — which will be played in Indianapolis — was unveiled during an Indiana Fever-Washington Mystics game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The unveiling was part of a women’s college basketball celebration hosted by the NCAA, Indiana Host Committee, and the host conference/school Horizon League and IUPUI.

The logo certainly doesn’t let fans forget what sport they are playing, as have most of the Final Four logos, with a big basketball out in front. The logo features a brick background, obviously symbolizing the bricks at Indianapolis Motor Speedway home of the Brickyard 400 and Indy 500.

This is the first logo, that I can recall, to feature what looks to be the National Championship trophy that is handed out to winner of the annual tournament.

The 2016 logo is certainly a fancy looking design, a big step from some of the bland designs in recent years. This logo still doesn’t take the cake for me. That belongs, in a tie no less, to the 2004 logo that features a horn and confetti, symbolizing Mardi Gras as the Final Four was held in New Orleans, and the 2008 logo that features a giant grapefruit or orange sliced in half with the inlay of a basketball pattern to symbolize Florida and Tampa Bay.

These logos don’t really entail what teams will be competing in the Final Four, but I’m going to go ahead and make a bold prediction. The Huskies of Connecticut cruise through their bracket into their ninth straight appearance. Tennessee has another strong showing and gets to the Final Four and becomes the obligatory SEC team in the semi-finals. Maryland makes a big run only to meet up with powerhouse Connecticut again. And Duke makes a run at the national championship and gets to the Final Four for the first time since 2006.

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