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A Promising Final Four

The Final Four will be groundbreaking in so many ways
The Final Four will be groundbreaking in so many ways

After many entertaining games and tons of memorable moments throughout the last couple of weeks, March Madness is coming to a close after this weekend. The final four teams who include future stars look to compete for a national title in the host city Cleveland, Ohio.

In what has been a historic season for women’s basketball, records have been broken left and right for both viewership and attendance. Could it be a double championship for teams like UCONN and NC State, who have both their men’s and women’s teams in the final four? Can Iowa win it all this year after coming up short in the national championship last year? Could South Carolina conclude the perfect season by winning the national championship?

UCONN Huskies: What UCONN has done throughout March Madness is nothing short of exciting and must watch TV. They’ve won all four games by a combined 47 points. The first started out by beating Jackson State by 20, and then winning against Syracuse 72-64. After a two win start, they continued the streak after beating Duke by eight points. Most recently, they won against University of Southern California, led by top freshman JuJu Watkins. After a close game, they won 80-73 thanks to a masterful performance by their star junior guard Paige Buekers. Bueckers has been spectacular, averaging 28 points a game along with nine assists and seven rebounds while shooting 51% from the field. If Bueckers can keep performing the way she has, it won’t be a surprise to many if they win it all.

South Carolina Gamecocks: The Gamecocks have been favorites all throughout the season. If you don’t think they’re good enough, think again. They’ve gone an astonishing 36-0 all season and look to continue it on Friday. They are led by their center Kamilla Cardoso, who is averaging a near double double a game. They started off their March Madness journey by obliterating Presbyterian 91-31 and North Carolina 88-41. They won a very close and competitive team against Indiana by four points and then most recently beat Oregon State 70-58 to advance to the final four. They have to continue to play as a team if they want to go back to the national championship.

Iowa Hawkeyes: It is easy to say that they have probably become America’s favorite team, all because of phenom Caitlin Clark. The 6 ‘0 senior averaged an outrageous 32 points a game along with a more than impressive nine assists and seven boards. Not only is she doing that, she’s maintained a field goal percentage of 46. Clark led the Hawkeyes to a 33-4 record this season. The Hawkeyes have won all their tournament games, beating Colorado State and Holy Cross, by over 20 points. Most recently, probably the most anticipated matchup happened against the LSU Tigers. LSU, led by Angel Reese, beat Iowa in the national championship last year. Clark went off, scoring 41 points while notching 12 assists, and hitting nine three pointers and went on to beat them 94-81. If Caitlin Clark continues this dominant run, the Hawkeyes won’t be stopped.

NC State Wolfpack: Ranked as the third seed coming into the tournament, the Wolfpack came ready to play. They’re led by junior guard Aziaha James, who’s averaging about 17 points a game and guard Saniya Rivers, who averaged 12 points and seven assists. They started off by beating Chattanooga by 21, then went on to beat Tennessee by seven. Then they faced off against two seeded Stanford and their star center Cameron Brink. The Wolfpack went on to upset them and won by 10. Then they faced off against number one seed Texas. To most people’s surprise, the Gamecocks upset the Longhorns and won by 10 to advance to the final four. If South Carolina wants to advance to the national championship, they can’t get distracted and must continue to play good basketball as a team.

These are the backgrounds of each team in the final four. South Carolina are the favorites to win the national championship. This will probably go down as the most entertaining and star studded final four. The elite eight matchup between LSU and Iowa broke the record for the most watched women’s basketball game ever with a stunning 12.3 million viewers on average and a 16 million viewership at its peak. Below is when the games are and what channel the game will be broadcasted on.


6:00 PM: #3 NC State vs South Carolina on ESPN (National Semifinal)

8:30 PM: #3 UCONN vs Iowa on ESPN (National Semifinal)


2:00 PM: National Championship on ABC


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Troy Perhacs
Troy Perhacs, Staff Writer
Troy Perhacs is a Junior at St. Dominic and is a staff writer for the journalism program. He likes working out and playing basketball outside of school.

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