LSU Can Win the Final 4. Yet First They Need To Get Past Virginia Technology

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11 days ago

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Irrelevant. For the past 15 years that is what the LSU ladies's basketball program has been. Those days are dead. The 32-2 LSU Tigers are back in the Final 4 for the first time since 2008 when the Tigers touch of 5 straight Final Fours came to an end. LSU is positioned to potentially continue such a streak as the Tigers packed for talent in the future, yet first, LSU aims to do something that they have actually never ever done-- win a NCAA championship. To do that, the Tigers demand to win simply two video games. Nevertheless, those will be the most difficult two video games in program background. LSU initially should surpass an awesome Virginia Tech Hokies team (31-4) that has actually not lost considering that January. The Hokies, like the Tigers, were not a preseason top 10 team, however have proven throughout 2022-23 to be a top 5 group. They have done it with a tiny gifted group of players. Virginia Technology plays a core team of just six gamers who played 399 of 400 mins in the Sugary food 16 and Elite Eight. 5 of those six are seniors. LSU has somewhat a lot more depth with a turning of 8 gamers which might be an advantage if nasty problem ends up being a concern. Both teams have faced 4 usual opponents Miami , Tennessee, Kentucky, and Missouri. The Tigers went 4-1 versus that group while the Hokies went 5-1 against the very same group. That offers both teams lots of movie to contrast and see how well they pile up versus the very same competitors. Both teams could really feel pretty confident concerning current results as a measure. LSU beat Miami that previously beat Virginia Tech while the Hokies beat Tennessee, one of LSU's 2 losses. The Tigers can not play like that did versus Miami and win in the Final Four. LSU shot simply 30.2 percent from the area and held to a period reduced 54 factors. It was the end result of an offensive slump that has actually taken place throughout the competition. The Tigers crime, which had actually been averaging over 80 points the majority of the season, has actually scored over 70 points simply once in the last 5 video games. The Tigers will certainly require to find their infraction in Dallas. It will begin with the Tigers large three stars-- senior Alexis Morris, younger Angel Reese, and SEC freshman of the year Flau'jae Johnson. Reese has actually been remarkable with 32 double doubles and regardless of being held 3-15 from the flooring versus Miami, she still changed the game with 13 factors and 18 rebounds. Morris, that entered the tournament on a four-game touch of scoring over 20 ppg, has been critical throughout the competition run and in her home state expect Morris to play several of her basketball. Maybe the most vital item for LSU though is Flau'jae. She has actually not racked up in double numbers because the Hawaii video game to open up the event however gas balanced double numbers for the Tigers. She can take control of a game and may need to do so in the Final 4. LSU's supporting cast of freshman Sa'Myah Smith, juniors Kateri Poole and Last-Tear Poa, and Seniors Jasmine Carson and Ladazhia Williams have played several of their best basketball, especially on the defensive end. The Tigers have actually held their last three opponents to an average of 49 factors. If the Tigers can find a little bit a lot more crime and play at the very same intensity on defense, after that a first NCAA championship video game appearance will take place. Virginia Tech is led by younger Georgia Amoore and senior Elizabeth Kitley. The two of them have actually combined to ordinary virtually 40 factors per video game. Kitley at 6'6" is the tallest gamer in the Final Four matchup. She was a national gamer of the year prospect and limiting her will certainly be essential to if LSU can win the video game. The Hokies will certainly be a hard matchup from the boundary where they can hit threes, something LSU has actually dealt with in the competition.

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