Oregon vs. Baylor
|Date & Time||Friday April 5, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Tampa Bay, Florida
The Line: Baylor -4.5 -- Over/Under: 147.5
The Oregon Ducks and Baylor Bears meet Friday in the Final Four of the college basketball NCAAW Tournament at the Amalie Arena.
The Oregon Ducks are coming off a win over No. 1 seeded Mississippi State and have won nine of their last 10 games. The Oregon Ducks are averaging 85.4 points on 50.5 percent shooting and allowing 62.7 points on 39.5 percent shooting. Sabrina Ionescu is averaging 19.9 points and 7.5 rebounds while Satou Sabally is averaging 16.6 points and 6.3 rebounds. Ruthy Hebard is the third double-digit scorer and Erin Boley is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Oregon Ducks are shooting 41.7 percent from beyond the arc and 76.6 percent from the free throw line. The Oregon Ducks are allowing 30.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.9 rebounds per game. The Oregon Ducks have won six of their last seven non-home games.
The Baylor Bears are fresh off a blowout win over the Iowa Hawkeyes and look to build on their 27-game winning streak. The Baylor Bears are averaging 81.9 points on 50.3 percent shooting and allowing 54.6 points on 31.4 percent shooting. Kalani Brown is averaging 15.5 points and 8.1 rebounds while Lauren Cox is averaging 12.9 points and 8.3 rebounds. Chloe Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Juicy Landrum is grabbing five rebounds. The Baylor Bears are shooting 37.8 percent from beyond the arc and 68.2 percent from the free throw line. The Baylor Bears are allowing 29.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 47.6 rebounds per game. The Baylor Bears have won each of their last 14 non-home games.
The Oregon Ducks have the offensive firepower to hang in a game like this and have the confidence of just knocking off a No. 1 seed on Sunday. Oregon also has possibly the best player in college basketball in Sabrina Ionescu, who many believe will be the first pick in the upcoming WNBA draft. With that said, the Baylor Bears have been the most consistent team this season on the women's side, as they haven't lost since December 15 and 24 of their last 27 wins have been won by double digits. Baylor is elite at both ends of the floor and is also dominant when it comes to crashing the glass. Baylor is not a team I'm trying to step in front of, especially when getting such a reasonable line. I'll lay the chalk, as Baylor makes its first title appearance since the 2011-12 season.