A Queens Coronation: NCAAW Final Four & National Championship
With the NCAAW Final Four and National Championship scheduled for this weekend, a queen’s coronation is truly on the horizon. From the dominant play of South Carolina to the exciting offensive play of the Iowa Hawkeyes, this weekend’s NCAAW action promises to be amazing. In lieu of that notion, checkout my predictive analysis on proposed outcomes for the impending NCAAW Final Four! In addition click here to checkout the Top 4 NCAAW tournament performers thus far! Happy Dancing!
*Projected winners are in bold
NCAAW tournament: Final Four
3 LSU Tigers v. 1 Virginia Tech Hokies
This matchup will come down to the interior play of Angel Reese versus the scoring of Georgia Amoore. Reese has been amazing in the tournament thus far, scoring & rebounding the ball at an elite level. However Amoore has been able to utilize her amazing shooting ability to break opposing defenses all season long. The LSU Tigers have been able to score at will all season long, average 84.1 PPG. In addition they average an incredible 47.2 RPG on the year, allowing them to control pace. Although the Hokies are a better Free throw shooting team and average less TO’s, I believe the sheer dominance of Angel Reese on the inside, combined with the perimeter scoring on Alexis Morris and Flau’jae Johnson, will push the Tigers past the Hokies, granting them a spot in the National Championship game.
2 Iowa Hawkeyes v. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks
This game will come down to two components; Offense vs. Defense. With Iowa averaging 87.1 PPG as a team this year, it will be tough for the Gamecocks to slow them down. The pressure that Caitlin Clark can put on opposing defenses is unprecedented in NCAAW basketball. Her ability to score out of the high screen and roll, with her range or her driving ability, will cause issues for South Carolina’s defense. However the Gamecocks have averaged a nations best 9.0 BPG as a team this season, displaying their ability to defend the rim at a high level. In addition, Aliyah Boston will be able to work effectively out of the post for South Carolina. This will create scoring opportunities on the perimeter for Zia Cooke and Brea Beal. Ultimately the defensive prowess of South Carolina will stymie the offense of resulting in the Gamecocks advancing to the National Championship.
3 LSU Tigers v. 1 South Carolina Gamecocks
In the highly anticipated rematch from their February 12th matchup, LSU versus South Carolina will be decided by the efficiency of Tigers from the field and rebounding. In the Gamecocks 88-64 victory over LSU earlier this year, they outrebounded the Tigers by 20. This allowed the Gamecocks to properly control pace and shot attempts. In addition they better from the field (57.4% vs 40.0% for LSU), through balanced shot creation. Look for more of the same to happen during this rematch, with South Carolina dominating the defensive rebounds, pushing them to a 2nd straight National Championship.
2022-2023 NCAAW Champion
South Carolina Gamecocks