Notre Dame vs Stanford

Notre Dame vs Stanford Live : Notre Dame and Stanford will meet in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years when they face off in the Chicago Region final on Monday night. The women’s NCAA Tournament on Saturday at Wintrust Arena.Notre Dame’s defense bared its teeth early and often on Saturday night in South Bend.

Senior Danielle Gitzen scored 14 points for Missouri State, the Cinderella of the tournament as a No. 11 seed playing for a chance to advance to the Elite Eight. “We had to work really hard to beat (Missouri State), and now we can look forward to playing Notre Dame,” VanDeveer said.

“It was not just the jump shots we were missing, it was layups, too, VanDeveer said. “I can’t remember a Stanford team struggle so much to score. I believe we were a lot better than that.” The Cardinal gets the chance to prove it Monday night in Chicago.

Stanford led 16-10 after one quarter, but seven of those points came at the free-throw line. The lead was only six points despite the fact Missouri State did not score until 4:25 of the first quarter. Missouri State scored only one point in the final 5:51 of the second quarter, but Stanford did not take advantage, missing 11 of its last 12 shots in the half and going 1 of 17 from 3-point range in the first half.

Smith and center Shannon Coffee played the second half with foul trouble, and VanDeveer had to play eight players at least 20 minutes each to get through it. The Cardinal made only 3 of 29 shots from 3-point range. They did manage to pull down 20 offensive rebounds but rarely managed to take advantage of the second chances. Missouri State coach Kelli Harper pointed out her team held Stanford to its second-lowest point total of the season, but also noted “we had our season low in points as well.”

Saturday’s Sweet 16 game against Missouri State was not a pleasant time for Stanford women’s basketball coach Tara VanDerveer. “That was an absolute root canal,” VanDerveer said following the Cardinals’ 55-46 victory over upstart Missouri State at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The victory puts Stanford in the Elite Eight for the third time in the past four years, and it sets up yet another regional matchup against Notre Dame, which beat Texas A&M 87-80.

Stanford and Notre Dame have played each other four times in the past five years in the regional round of the tournament, not including last year, when Notre Dame won the national title. Stanford won the last matchup in 2017.

Neither team could put the ball into the basket consistently. For the game, neither team managed to shoot better than 25 percent, with both teams missing easy chances. “But when we needed to score, we did,” said junior guard Anna Wilson, who was one of two Cardinal players to reach double digits. Wilson scored 11 points off the bench, and senior Alanna Smith scored 13.

With 8:40 left in the game, Stanford finally built a double-digit lead on free throws by Wilson, and a frantic effort by the Lady Bears failed to turn the tide. “I honestly feel that we, as a team, weren’t worried,” said Smith who was in foul trouble most of the game. “No one was freaking out. We kept each other in the game.”

Baylor vs Iowa

Baylor vs Iowa Live : The Baylor Bears will hope to right their ship in visiting Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, when they face the 22nd-ranked Iowa State Cyclones on Tuesday night at 9 pm EST. The Hawkeyes are the best shooting team in the nation. Top women’s seed Baylor braces for test from Iowa, Gustafson, A critical strength vs strength matchup will unfold when Iowa has the ball.

The Lady Bears have seen their share of who’s-who opponents lately, including Big 12 Player of the Year Bridget Carleton of Iowa State in the conference tournament, California star center Kristine Anigwe, and South Carolina’s crafty coach, Dawn Staley.

“Everything they do offensively goes through Gustafson, and she is a tremendous player,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “And if you try to go down there and double her or help, she has perimeter players that shoot the 3-ball that you can’t leave them open. While she’s the best player in the country according to ESPN, she isn’t doing it by herself. She has plenty of help around her.”

Brown is a two-time All-American and was the unanimous Big 12 Player of the Year in 2018. At 6-foot-7, she’s a dominant force, as proven by her 2,100 career points and 1,100 career rebounds. Gustafson is the espnW national player of the year this season. The 6-3 Hawkeyes center leads the nation in scoring at 27.9 points per game and field-goal percentage at 70.2. Like Brown, she’s well past 2,000 career points and 1,000 career boards.

Those are superstar qualifications. And what’s more amazing is that each center has a top-notch forward as a frontcourt teammate. On Sunday, the media covering the Greensboro Region went beyond the Brown vs. Gustafson battle and focused on Baylor’s Brown and Lauren Cox against Iowa’s Gustafson and forward Hannah Stewart.

“Not very many times do teams have two bigs anymore,” Iowa coach Lisa Bluder said. “It’s kind of unusual. It’s hard sometimes to have one good big on a team. … I think it’s going to be a great matchup. We have to keep them off the boards. They do a great job of rebounding.”

Baylor (34-1) is certainly wary of Iowa, which has won 13 of its last 14 games, including the Big Ten tournament.

Mulkey’s description sounds a lot like how Baylor’s opponents have talked about the Lady Bears this season.

That’s the big, bold headline for Baylor vs. Iowa, which will tip off at 6 p.m. CT on Monday at Greensboro Coliseum. And it’s a ready-made TV promo for the hours leading up to the game.

It’s possibly, maybe even likely, that the Hawkeyes and Lady Bears frontcourts could cancel each other out and the fans in Greensboro Coliseum as well as those watching on ESPN2 will be treated to a guard-driven battle.

GREENSBORO, N.C. – It’s almost a certainty that the ESPN2 broadcast of the Baylor-Iowa Elite Eight matchup will start by hyping up the clash of the centers.

And fair enough, since Iowa center Megan Gustafson and Baylor center Kalani Brown are both finalists for the Lisa Leslie Award, given to the top center in women’s college basketball.

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Duke vs Michigan State Live : March Madness 2019 Duke – Michigan State Elite 8 schedule, TV Channel, Duke vs Michigan State It’s an all SEC showdown in the Midwest Region final of the NCAA Tournament, Duke vs Michigan State and one team will have revenge on its mind Will the third time be the charm for Duke as it tries to make history, or will Michigan State add yet another Final Four banner to its already

WASHINGTON — No. 2 seed Michigan State streaked its way into the Elite Eight on Friday night, defeating No. 3 seed LSU 80-63 in the East Regional semifinals. The victory marks the 10th time that Tom Izzo has guided the Spartans to the Elite Eight in his career.

Cassius Winston continued to show why he was named Big Ten Player of the Year. The junior point guard scored 17 points and dished out eight assists in the win. It was a performance that was very similar to how he has played all season, but the big surprise in Friday’s Sweet 16 victory was how well the team’s freshmen played.

Gabe Brown scored a career-high 15 points after dropping in just 11 points in his last 13 games. Brown hit four 3-pointers and finished the game 5 of 7 from the field. Aaron Henry, a starter in 20 of the team’s last 21 games, set career highs in points (20), assists (six) and minutes (38).

“It was one of those nights where I thought the basket was huge,” Henry said. “I’m glad that it was that way tonight. Just my teammates looking out for me and getting me the ball in certain positions. And coach put me in great spots to score. It was all key tonight. It just wasn’t on me. Thanks to my coach and my players for doing that for me.”

Unfortunately, though, it was not all positive for the Spartans on Friday night as they sprinted into the Elite Eight. Nick Ward had an injury scare in the second half after a Naz Reid flagrant foul caused the junior forward to fall on his left wrist. It was the same hand in which he suffered a hairline fracture in the middle of February that required surgery and subsequently caused him to miss five games.

X-rays came back negative for Ward, and his status for Sunday is uncertain.

“We’re going to need Nick whoever we play, and hopefully he’ll be able to come back,” Izzo said. “I don’t know any more than that right now. I’m sure it’s day to day. There’s no break or serious injury. It’s just how bad it’s bruised, and on his shooting hand could create a few problems I guess.”

Michigan State controlled the game from the very start, taking an 8-0 lead and never falling behind. LSU made a push early in the second half to cut the margin to four points, but MSU countered with an 11-0 run to put the game out of reach early.

Tremont Waters led LSU with 23 points in the loss, but overall, the Tigers could not get their shots to fall. The team shot just 39 percent from the field and 29 percent from 3-point range.

Michigan State will face the winner of Friday’s remaining East Regional semifinal between Duke and Virginia Tech in the Elite Eight on Sunday.

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The second week of March Madness concludes today with the final pair of Elite Eight matchups. Half of the Final Four has already been determined in thrilling fashion, with Texas Tech and Virginia winning their respective regionals to book their tickets to Minneapolis. The Red Raiders outright beat favored Gonzaga in Saturday’s first contest on the back of a sterling defensive performance, while the Cavaliers needed to hit a last-second shot to force overtime and stave off an upset of their own against Purdue. The action now turns to the other half of the 2019 NCAA Tournament bracket, as No. 5 Auburn and No. 2 Kentucky are ready to battle it out for the rights to cut down the nets in the Midwest this afternoon, followed by No. 2 Michigan State and No. 1 Duke going head-to-head with the East Region on the line.

Oddsmakers are expecting both the Wildcats and Blue Devils to advance to the Final Four, but anything could happen on the court during March Madness. Those looking for bracket predictions have come to the right place, as pro handicapper Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com provided two quick picks on the outcome of the upcoming Elite Eight matchups in the table below. Before checking those out, have a look at the complete schedule, start times, TV channels, live stream sites and updated odds for both of Sunday’s 2019 NCAA Tournament games. You can also find scores and highlights from Saturday’s showdowns and the rest of the Big Dance, plus an updated March Madness bracket and more.