Stanford vs Notre Dame

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Defending national champion Notre Dame and Stanford have Hall of Fame coaches in Muffet McGraw and Tara VanDerveer and successful traditions that include two NCAA titles for each program.

Even though they followed similar paths, they went years without meeting. But lately, they keep bumping into each other.

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 winner goes to Tampa Bay for the Final Four and will face UConn on Friday night.

“I do feel like we know their team very well,” VanDerveer said Sunday. “They have a tremendous team. Their coaching staff is outstanding. They’re just really elite at everything they do.”

Top-seeded Notre Dame (33-3) beat Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 for the second straight year, with Arike Ogunbowale scoring a career-high 34 points to send the Irish to their 10th Elite Eight overall and eighth in the past nine years.

The Cardinal (31-4) outlasted Missouri State 55-46 to advance to the regional final for the 20th time despite shooting a season-low 25 percent in its second-lowest scoring game.

That sets up a matchup between marquee programs that were basically strangers until recent years despite their similarities. The two schools often recruit the same players.

Stanford trails only Tennessee and UConn with 13 trips to the Final Four. Notre Dame ranks fifth with eight.

McGraw has 920 wins in 37 seasons, with 832 coming at Notre Dame. VanDerveer has 1,067 victories in 40 years — 915 at Stanford. They are part of a small group of coaches with two or more NCAA titles that includes Geno Auriemma, Pat Summitt, Linda Sharp and Kim Mulkey.

“(VanDerveer) is somebody that just is a consistent winner,” McGraw said. “She gets pretty good players, but she makes them better. I think she’s a great strategist and just has a great mind for the game.”Though they’ve met quite a bit in the tournament in recent years, Stanford and Notre Dame have only played each other five times, with the Cardinal leading the series 4-1.

Stanford won at home in 1990 and on the road in 1991. But the two programs didn’t meet again until the 2015 Sweet 16 in Oklahoma City.

The Irish won that game, but Stanford got payback the next two years in Lexington, Ky. The Cardinal returned the favor in the 2016 regional semifinals and rallied to beat the Irish in the Elite Eight in 2017.

Stanford erased a 16-point deficit in the second half on the way to a 76-75 victory two years ago. Alanna Smith scored the go-ahead layup with 23 seconds remaining and Erica McCall swatted a last-second drive by Ogunbowale from behind to send Stanford to the Final Four.

“Stuff happens,” said Ogunbowale, a senior. “You grow and you learn.

Iowa vs Baylor

Iowa vs Baylor Live :Three-point offense and defense. Points in the paint. Rebounding. Coaching …I don’t know why I’m even attempting to overthink the obvious about Thursday’s 11:30 a.m. Iowa State-Baylor game in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Conference tournament at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.A toe could decide the outcome.Cyclone star Marial Shayok has a sprained left baby toe. Bears star Makai Mason has a bruised big toe. Both could play. One could play. Neither could play.

Top-ranked Baylor stands between Iowa and its first Final Four berth in 26 years, but don’t suggest to the Hawkeyes that they might be an underdog in tonight’s NCAA women’s basketball regional final.

“We have the utmost respect for Baylor, they are an awesome great team, but It would be really cool to knock off the overall No. 1 seed,’’ Iowa senior Hannah Stewart said Sunday. “We know we will have to be at our best, but that’s what we are focused on doing.’’

That doesn’t surprise coach Lisa Bluder, who doesn’t expect to need any fiery motivational speeches to get the eighth-ranked Hawkeyes ready for today’s 6 p.m. game at Greensboro, N.C., where a spot in Friday’s Final Four in Tampa is on the line.

“We are 40 minutes away from every kid’s dream,’’ Bluder said. “If you’re a basketball player, you want to play in the Final Four. I don’t have to worry about them being hungry at this point.’’

Bluder’s worries do center on the sizeable challenge eighth-ranked Iowa faces from the Bears in its 6 p.m. game in Greensboro, N.C.

Baylor has built its 34-1 record on the strength of its front court – 6-foot-7 Big 12 player of the year Kalani Brown and 6-4 Big 12 defensive player of the year Lauren Cox – and a look different from many of the opponents the Hawkeyes have faced.

“Not very many times anymore do teams have two bigs anymore. It’s kind of unusual,’’ Bluder said. “… Lauren and Kalani are terrific post players, but I think I’ve got two terrific post players. I think it’s going to be a great match-up.’’

Iowa will give up a couple of inches at both inside spots, countering Baylor’s size with 6-3 Megan Gustafson and Stewart at 6-2.

“We’ve got to be ready for that physical play,’’ Gustafson said, comparing the Bears’ inside approach to what the Hawkeyes dealt with against Maryland and Nebraska in Big Ten play.

Both Brown and Gustafson are finalists for the Lisa Leslie Award as the nation’s top post player, but Baylor coach Kim Mulkey downplayed the match-up between two premier senior centers.

“Gustafson’s the national player of the year, so we’ve got our hands full,’’ Mulkey said. “Everything they do offensively goes through Gustafson but if you try to go down there and double her or help, she has perimeter players that shoot the three ball and you can’t leave them open. She isn’t doing it by herself.’’

In that respect, Iowa has built its 29-6 record by mirroring Baylor’s team approach to the game.

All five starters scored in double figures for the Bears in their semifinal win over South Carolina.

The Bears lead the nation in assists, averaging 22.8 per game and right behind them are the Hawkeyes, second in the country at 21.7 per game.

Iowa leads the country in shooting at 52 percent while Baylor hasn’t allowed an opponent to top 50 percent from the field this season, leading the nation in holding opponents to 31.3 percent shooting.

The Bears’ defense benefits from its size, leading the country with an average of 7.2 blocks per game.

“They’re in your face defensively, so we’re going to have to be strong with the ball,’’ Iowa guard Tania Davis said. “Their guards, they’re a lot like Maryland and Rutgers and we’ve played them so we feel like we’re pretty much prepared for it.’’

Bluder labels the Baylor defense “remarkable,’’ but said the Hawkeyes’ approach won’t change.

“We have to do what we do and do it best,’’ Bluder said, pointing to the balance Iowa had in Saturday’s 79-61 semifinal win over North Carolina State as an example. “We have to have other people step up. It can’t just be our inside players and I thought (against the Wolfpack) we had good balance. I think we’re going to have to rely on that balance because they do such a great job defensively.’’

The match-up against an opponent in Baylor that has won its last 26 games comes in Iowa’s first Elite Eight appearance since reaching the Final Four in 1993.

The Bears, by comparison, have reached this point eight times in the last 10 seasons but haven’t reached the Final Four since winning a national championship in 2012.

“It’s about these kids here now. They are the ones who have to go out there on the floor and they have to do it,’’ Mulkey said. “It’s an exciting time for all those kids on both teams, and it should be.’’

Bluder appreciates that as well.

“We know we have things stacked against us, but it only takes once and maybe this will be that once,’’ Bluder said. “I know my team won’t back down to anybody. We know and respect Baylor, but we’re ready to play.’’


Michigan State vs Duke Live : Michigan State shoots for its first trip to the NCAA Tournament Final Four since 2019 with a game against Michigan State vs Duke on Sunday afternoon 1 Duke are now one win from the Final Four and will face No. 2 Michigan State on Sunday in the Elite Eight 2019. Duke is seeking to become just NCAA Tournament Final 2019

No. 1 seed Duke will face No. 2 seed Michigan State in the East Region final for a spot in the Final Four. Here’s what you need to know.

When: 5:05 p.m. Eastern.

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

TV: CBS (Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill and Tracy Wolfson).

Odds: Duke minus-2.5, as of Sunday morning.

How they got here: Duke (32-5) finished the regular season 26-5. Three of those losses came with star freshman Zion Williamson out with a knee injury; the Blue Devils are 6-0 since he returned, including a win in the ACC tournament final. Duke won handily in its first round game against No. 16 North Dakota State, 85-62, but has had back-to-back close contests since: a 77-76 fight vs. No. 9 seed Central Florida in the second round and a 75-73 thriller vs. No. 4 seed Virginia Tech.

Michigan State (31-6) earned a share of the Big Ten regular season title with fellow Elite Eight team Purdue before winning the conference tournament. The Spartans have hardly been tested in the NCAA tournament, winning convincingly against No. 15 seed Bradley (76-65), No. 10 seed Minnesota (70-50) and No. 3 seed LSU (80-63).

Elite Eight history: Duke is in its 22nd Elite Eight in program history and its 16th under Coach Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils are seeking their first Final Four appearance since 2015, when they defeated the Spartans in a national semifinal, and 16th overall. Michigan State, another college basketball blue-blood, is in its 14th Elite Eight and is trying to reach its ninth Final Four. The Spartans also last advanced to the final weekend of the tournament in 2015. The two programs have met five times in March, twice in the national semifinal round. Duke is 4-1 in those games.

They said it: “It means everything. That’s a big goal of ours. We always want to accomplish that. Those are the expectations here — championships.” — Michigan State captain Matt McQuaid on trying to win a national title.

“If you’re a coach, there’s no greater time to play than where there’s only gonna be so many teams left, eight teams left by the time we play. That’s what I live for, that’s what I dream of.” — Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo.

“Michigan State, they have a program similar to Duke. A winning history. And so I think it would be disrespectful to overlook them and so I think it’s going to be a great game and we just have to go out there and just compete.” — Duke forward Zion Williamson.

Elite Eight schedule and results
Sunday’s games

Kansas City (Midwest Region)

No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 5 Auburn, 2:20 p.m., CBS

Washington (East Region)

No. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Michigan State, 5:05 p.m., CBS

Saturday’s results

Anaheim (West Region)

No. 3 Texas Tech 75, No. 1 Gonzaga 69

Louisville (South Region)

No. 1 Virginia 80, No. 3 Purdue 75

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