The Iowa Hawkeyes and South Carolina Gamecocks meet Friday in the women’s college basketball NCAA Tournament Final Four at the American Airlines Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Iowa Hawkeyes are averaging 87.6 points on 51.1 percent shooting and allowing 70.9 points on 39.8 percent shooting. Caitlin Clark is averaging 27.3 points and 7.3 rebounds, while Monika Czinano is averaging 17.2 points and 6.6 rebounds. McKenna Warnock is the third double-digit scorer and Kate Martin is dishing 3.6 assists. The Iowa Hawkeyes are shooting 37.9 percent from beyond the arc and 76.4 percent from the free throw line. The Iowa Hawkeyes are allowing 29.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39 rebounds per game.
The South Carolina Gamecocks are averaging 80.5 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 51.1 points on 31.7 percent shooting. Zia Cooke is averaging 15.1 points and 1.9 rebounds, while Aliyah Boston is averaging 13.2 points and 1.9 assists. Laeticia Amihere is dishing 1.3 assists and Kamilla Cardoso is grabbing 8.4 rebounds. The South Carolina Gamecocks are shooting 31.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.9 percent from the free throw line. The South Carolina Gamecocks are allowing 26.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 49.5 rebounds per game.
The South Carolina Gamecocks are the best team in the country as they're well coached, deep, elite defensively and haven't lost a game since March 6 of last year. I can understand why South Carolina is big favorites. However, Iowa is as good offensively as any team in the land and has one of the most decorated scorers ever in Caitlin Clark. If there's one player capable of going nuclear and shocking the world, it would be Clark. Lots of points here. I'll take a shot with Iowa and the points.