No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 1 Mississippi State
Date: April 1
Time: 6:00 p.m.
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For the second straight year, an undefeated UConn basketball team won’t play in the National Championship game. Instead, it’ll be the Mississippi State Bulldogs and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Both teams enter the title game by way of overtime victories in the Final Four. Mississippi State beat Louisville by 10 points, and Notre Dame beat UConn from a two-point clutch shot by Arike Ogunbowale ahead of the buzzer.
This game will be a battle between teams with loads of talent. Jackie Young and Ogunbowale combined for 60 points against UConn, the league’s best defensive team. Both are capable of finding their way to the basket, launching from deep and getting to the foul line. Jessica Shepard is a strong forward who can battle in the paint, too. If the Irish can topple Gabby Williams, Napheesa Collier and Katie Lou Samuelson, who can’t they stop?
Maybe the Bulldogs.
Connecticut had a lot of talent, but no player like Teaira McCowan. The 6’7 big had 21 points and 25 rebounds in the Final Four, and she’s here to swat any shots that come her way. Notre Dame can’t match that size, and they’ll have to find ways to compensate.
She isn’t the only problem Mississippi State has to offer. Victoria Vivians is a first-round WNBA draft pick-to be, who can shoot the lights out. She went 11-of-21 from the floor against Louisville, and hit 2-of-5 threes.
Notre Dame has its work cut out, though they’ve proved they can handle any goliath.