Women’s Final Four is must-watch TV


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Iowa guard Caitlin Clark has led the Hawkeyes to the Final Four. She won four Player of the Year awards.

Bailey Kee, Staff Writer

Why Women’s March Madness? With the SEC, ACC, and the BIG10 being in the final four for the women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament this year, big names like No. 1 South Carolina, LSU head coach Kim Mulkey and Player of the Year Caitlin Clark, why not watch it?

The final four includes Iowa, Virginia Tech, South Carolina and LSU. The storylines are endless. 

A No. 1 seed (South Carolina) is trying to defend its title. A team (LSU) is in contention for a title in its first trip to the Final Four since 2008. And there is a player (Iowa’s Caitlin Clark) who scored 40 points en route to a record-setting triple double in the Elite Eight. And a team (Virginia Tech) making program history by reaching the Final Four for the first time. This is the Women’s March Madness.

With watching the NCAA Basketball Tournament there has never been a perfect bracket ever recorded. This year, brackets were busted early. The main upset that broke the most brackets this year was when eighth-seeded Ole Miss beat the No. 1 seed Stanford. It was just one of many upsets though. 

Yes, each men’s and women’s tournaments have upsets. However, the best part of the women’s upsets are the buzzer shots, the half court shots, the shots that just somehow go in, the team aspect of the game and how they played. 

When watching the men’s, the games tend to be flashy with more of the “me” aspect. The women’s teams combine “me” with “team.” Given that an estimated 2.5 million people watched the  Louisville and Iowa women’s basketball game in the Elite Eight, it is evident that fans and viewers prefer to watch a game that incorporates the “team” aspect rather than one that revolves solely around flash and the “me” aspect.  

This year’s tournament contains the best of the best in the Final Four. No. 2 seed Iowa and No. 3 seed LSU will challenge the two remaining No. 1 seeds in South Carolina and Virginia Tech tonight. 

Iowa had a great season in the BIG10 and became a two seed in the tournament with amazing player Caitlin Clark, who is averaging 27.3 points per game and making history left and right. 

LSU, who is in a tough SEC conference, is just getting started. With Mulkey leading the squad, her starting freshman guard Flau’jae Johnson and transfer student from Maryland Angel Reese continue to beat the odds. Virginia Tech finished behind Notre Dame in the ACC, but is looking for its first title. Undefeated South Carolina, who has been No. 1 since last year, is wanting to defend its title with Aliyah Boston and her team behind her back. 

With so much power, intensity, and unbelievably good teams in the women’s Final Four, why would someone not want to watch these teams play? The unexpected turns, the fun of the brackets, and seeing the crazy unfold are just a few qualities that bring out the madness in this sport.

This is Women’s March Madness