Your huskies are making their 9th straight final four appearance but will be up against some unusual competition. On one side of the bracket UConn will take on Oregon State who is making their first final four in school history. The winner of UConn and Oregon State will face the winner of Syracuse and Washington where both of those teams will also be playing in the first final fours in school history. The huskies and beavers will tip off a little after 6 in Indianapolis followed by an 8:30 start between the orange and the other huskies on Sunday. The championship game will take place Tuesday at approximately 8:30.
As many of you know the women are looking to do something no team in womens college basketball has ever done before; win 4 straight national championships. Led by three seniors Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck, and Moriah Jefferson this team has the odds and experience on their side to complete the 4 year sweep of womens college basketball. Key contributors Katie Lou Samuelson and Kia Nurse also are looking to take part in the dynasty and cut down the nets Tuesday night. While many think UConns dominance is bad for the game the success from this group of seniors is pretty remarkable as they've only lost 5 games their entire career in the blue and white uniforms.
Breanna Stewart-UConn The star of womens college basketball and future #1 pick in the wnba draft is a obvious choice as she will be the center of attention for the beavers defense. But as she always does she will find a way to score and get it done and try to get UConn into the championship. Averaging 20.5 points per game in the tournament she is leading the huskies and is making sure her last games in as husky uniform are wins.
Katie Lou Samuelson-UConn Although the high praised freshman started her career off slow for the huskies as of recently she has caught fire from beyond the arc and is finally looking like the player we were expecting to see. She brings fantastic three point shooting and the ability to make jumpers and can post up which combined makes her very hard to guard. While anyone watching can tell that the seniors lead this team over looking Katie Lou is a big mistake.. just ask Robert Morris where she had 22 points in her first ever NCAA tournament game.
Jamie Weisner-Oregon State The 5-10 senior will have a tall task having to deal with Moriah Jefferson and the rest of the huskies but with her talent shes proven she can take on any task. The leader of this team will need to be herself in the game as she averaged 17.5 points per game and has grown as a player the past 4 years into the great player she is now. One of the toughest issues that teams facing Oregon state have is trying to contain this dynamic point guard who is doing her best leading her team into the unknown.
Ruth Hamblin-Oregon State The rock in the paint this year for this team will be very valuable in this game. With plenty of big games under her belt she will have to be prepared to have a monster game against the huskies. Averaging 3.4 blocks and 11.8 points per game is what the production the beavers will need to see if they want to pull off the upset against the #1 team in the country. Expect the senior to play one of her best games yet and give the huskies trouble down low.
Roads to the Final Four
UConn: After finishing yet another undefeated season while never having a game end within single digits the huskies locked up the #1 seed overall and the 1 seed in the Bridgeport region. The huskies round of 64 game against Robert Morris and round of 32 game against Duquesne were anything but close as the huskies won those by an average of 49 points per game. The next two games were expected to be much closer but in blowout fashion the huskies cruised to a 9th straight final four.
Oregon State: In a very successful season for the beavers they finished 32-4 en route to a Pac 12 championship and a 2 seed in the Dallas region of the bracket. In the first game they blew out Troy by 42 and then breezed by to the elite 8 without any scares. Then with the tall task of beating the one seed Baylor all players stepped up and they pulled off the upset in a thriller winning 60-57.
Prediction: Although i believe the huskies will be tested more than they have been before in the tournament i cant see the huskies losing this game. With so much on the line you want experienced seniors and thats exactly what they have and possibly the three best. While Oregon State will put up a fight the huskies have too much talent and fire power for the beavers which will mean the huskies will be one step closer to their 4th straight championship.