Post a picture of food on Facebook and you can bet family will show up for Sunday dinner. This Sunday they saved me from boredom. The road to the women’s Final Four in Nashville had drama with a few upsets and tight games. The semifinal games on Sunday? A total flop.
As I’ve stated all season long, there’s only Notre Dame and UConn and then in a distant, distant, distant third is the rest of the women’s basketball field. So, as expected, we have a historic moment in two undefeated teams facing each other for the national championship on Tuesday at 5:30pm PT on ESPN.
“It looked to me as the season went on like it was inevitable, you know, like it was supposed to happen,” UConn coach Geno Auriemma told reporters about the championship game. “Our sport probably does not have enough significant moments. I don’t know that you get the kind of moment that happened at the men’s Final Four where you get a No.7 seed and No. 8 seed playing for the national championship. To have the spotlight on Tuesday on two teams, when one of them is going to lose for the first time this year, is remarkable. Think about hard that is to do for one team, much less two.”
But we’ve been here before, expecting at least a thrilling game and getting a blowout. Why tune in just to be disappointed, again, right? Well, Notre Dame has won seven of its last nine games against UConn. But UConn is 8-0 in NCAA championship games, has the best defense in the nation and its full roster intact. Notre Dame lost senior F Natalie Achonwa to a torn ACL in the regional championship win against Baylor last week.
No one not wearing Irish green is picking Notre Dame to win or even give UConn its first wire-to-wire challenge of the season. Especially since the men won Monday night. Connecticut is just the modern-day hub for basketball champions.
So, is the mini-drama and intrigue of two undefeated teams playing for a title enough to make you watch after Sunday’s duds?