Saturday, March 28, 2009

Lady Cards In The Sweet Sixteen

The Cards men's team isn't the only Cardinal basketball team looking like a buzz saw through the tournament. The Lady Cards are in their second straight sweet 16 and have a match up with the #2 seeded Baylor. First of all the fact that Louisville is a three seed is a crime. This team rolled all year with only four losses and two of those were against UCONN. They had to play on the #6th seeded LSU's home court in the second round.

That is in the past though and so are LSU and Liberty (Cards first round opponent). While Louisville has been beating the odds and their opponents, Baylor has had two dog fight like games. I guess I should have said cat fight but that would be to easy. The Lady Bears had to go to overtime against the 1 seed, the first time a 15 seed has ever even forced overtime in woman's basketball. No seed higher then 12 has ever one a first round game. A buzzer beater in the second round sets up their show down with the Lady Cards.

Angel McCaughtry is a dominant force (#4th in country in scoring at 23.5 points a game). She is the Blake Griffin of woman's basketball. She is averaging 20 points and 7 rebounds a game through the tournament, all while facing double and triple teams with every touch. She averages 4.3 steals a game this season and 9.3 rebounds, while shooting 44% from the field.

Candyce Bingham has to be able to take pressure off of Angel and she has to this point. Averaging 15 points and 5 rebounds in the first two rounds. Bingham averaged 12.7 points and 7 rebounds a game during the regular season.

On the stat sheet these teams are as close as they come. Louisville averages 72 points and allows 57.4 points a game. Baylor on the other hand average 70.2 points and allow 57.5 points a game. And to tell you the truth I really don't watch to many Lady Bear games (or to many Lady Cards games) as maybe I should so the stats are all I really have to work with.

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