“You have to beat the best teams in the end of the year because they don’t get beat by the lesser teams” Geno Auriemma. Stanford and Baylor showed supreme dominance against the lesser teams in route to the Final Four now one of them will become the lesser team.
Baylor is trying to put the finishing touches on something no team has ever done go 40-0 and they don’t want to lose their first game of the season now. Baylor’s goals will be a two for one, can’t have one without the other. 40-0 = 2012 NCAA Champs..
Stanford is trying to rid themselves of the stat of consistently making the Final Four and losing. In their Fifth consecutive Final Four they are looking to finnally get over the hump.
Baylor as we all know has the women’s basketball game changer in the 6’8 Brittney Griner. They also have a show stopper in Odyssey Sims. I call her the show stopper because she has broken down every defense that coaches have tried to come up with to contain Griner. There isn’t a team out there that’s been close to making a show against them, but they haven’t played Stanford yet.
Stanford is playing with a chip on their shoulders and no one may have bigger shoulders to carry the chip than Ogwumike (Nneka) . The passion and effort she plays with far compliments her talent level. As she goes Stanford goes. She just needs Stanford to make outside shots tomorrow. If they make their outside shots tomorrow the underdogs will definitely come out on top.
Ogwumike and Griner are Houston natives and familiar high-school and AAU rivals. Now the David and Goliath match-up is on the biggest stage in their career thus far.
“I haven’t played against Brittney in my college career yet and I want to; I’ve been wanting to. This is going to be fun.” Nneka Ogwumike. Interesting quote almost as interesting as my prediction.
I have Stanford winning tomorrow and Baylor finishing as the lesser team. It’s not match-ups or coaches Simply put I just think it’s Stanford’s time and Baylor may not perform as well with all the pressure being on them. That’s my preview. That’s my prediction.
“You have to beat the best teams in the end of the year because they don’t get beat by the lesser teams” Geno Auriemma Its the end of the year and the best teams in women’s college basketball are all in Denver right now. Tomorrow two of these teams will go from being in the category of the best to the category of the less.
First up Notre Dame and UConn these teams have all met up seven times the last two seasons and are very familiar with each other. This game will go down to the wire because both teams have great coaches and they know each other extremely well.
Geno has been quoted as saying he doesn’t have a star on his team and he’s surprised at how well his team has played. Geno is a great coach and even better motivator. I think all his quotes about not having a star are reverse psychology to get the most out of his players.
Muffet McGraw has star guards in Novosel and Diggins but also has a great team. A great balance of leadership in the front-court and the back-court. From a players and coaches perspective you love when your pt guard is the go to player on the team, star and leader. She also is the coach on the floor and puts everyone in the right position to score. This will be valuable tomorrow as the game will probably be a close one.
Its the Final Four so none of these teams need motivation, but Notre Dame and UConn may want some revenge as they take the court Sunday. Notre Dame still has losing to UConn in the Big East tournament championship game over a month ago on their mind. UConn remembers losing to Notre Dame in the Final Four last season and I’m sure even Maya wishes she could come back for this one.
These two teams match up well and both teams will be playing with a chip on their shoulder. Geno says the best teams beat the lesser teams at this time of the year. Tomorrow I have Notre Dame finishing as the best team and UConn finishing as the lesser team. That’s my pick that’s my preview.
Elena Della Donne the 6’5 Do It All small forward, USA Gold Medal Winning, 58pt dropper, career leading scoring at Delaware, UConn’s Big Lost and Delaware’s Big Win is who I consider the Top “Female Don” and the most exciting player and story to watch heading into the NCAA’s.
She recently led Delaware to its 1st ever CAA title finishing with 27pts and 10 rebounds. Her Coach Martin commented after the game “she doesn’t get caught up in all the other stuff points rebounds, all she cares about is winning. That’s what makes the great ones great. That’s what drove Magic and Bird and she has that.”
Delle Donne also shares a unique story with one of those greats, the great Larry Bird. How unique well Delle Donne left UConn after two days and Bird left Indiana after 24days on campus. They both left without telling anyone and they both went back home to the family they missed. They sorely missed their motivation and biggest fans. Bird’s being his mother and Donne’s being her sister.
They both chose a different outlet from basketball at one period Donne played volleyball and Bird worked for the City Street clean-up department. They both eventually came back to the game they loved. Della Donne has her team into the NCAA tournament as Bird did for the small town Indiana State University.
Bird went on to lead his team to the NCAA championship game only to lose to Magic Johnson. Will their story continue in it’s uniqueness. Can Delle Donne Donne her team to a Final Four run.
With all she’s been through her struggles, the pressure, the back lash of her decision it would be a great story. We all love those stories and if your like me your excited to see just how far Elena Delle Donne the “Female Don” story can go.