I’m not the biggest football fan, but even if it was on tonight, I’d still opt for this.
Top-ranked UConn travels to Waco to face the No. 7 Baylor Bears on Monday in a match between the top teams in the American and Big 12 Conferences, respectively. The game will be televised on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. for those that want to tune in.
This is arguably the toughest challenge for the undefeated Huskies (17-0) so far this year. While top-notch wins against the likes of No. 2 Duke, No. 3 Stanford, No. 8 Maryland, No. 13 Penn State and No. 21 Cal are impressive, Geno Auriemma’s squad heads into enemy territory where its opponent has been seemingly unbeatable.
Baylor (14-1) brings a 69-game home winning streak into Monday’s contest, so on top of trying to tally another top-10 win, the Huskies could earn some added bragging rights with a win over the 2012 national champions. Granted, there’s no Brittney Griner in the Bears’ lineup this year, but it should still be a very competitive game.
Baylor’s only loss was a four-overtime thriller against No. 5 Kentucky, which ended in a 133-130 final (I know, right). Maybe it was fatigue, maybe Baylor was out-played; but a 4OT loss isn’t the best source of judging a team, if you ask me.
If you’re home on Monday and are channel surfing for something to find, give this a try. It should be great basketball (and since you’re reading this, you’re likely a girls/female basketball fan), and of course, there’s a local gal in the action.
TALE OF THE TAPE:
— Teams have won the last two NCAA national championships.
— Baylor is among the highest-scoring teams in the nation, averaging more than 94 points per game.
— UConn has the second-best defense on paper, in terms of scoring, but many would argue it’s the nation’s best.
— Baylor’s Odyssey Sims, the nation’s leading scorer at 30.7 PPG, and UConn’s Breanna Stewart (18.4 PPG, 8.6 RPG) are arguably the top two players in the nation and frontrunners for Player of the Year honors.
Baylor photo credit: AfterEllen.com
UConn photo credit: UConn Today