How to watch LSU women’s basketball No. 3 vs. Michigan No. 6 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Sunday
After a 23-point win in the NCAA women’s tournament opener against Hawaii, the No. 3-seeded LSU Tigers (29-2) will return to action Sunday for a second-round duel against No. 6-seeded Michigan Wolverines (23-9), advancing on a 71-59 win over 11-seeded UNLV.
The Tigers will attempt to rejoin the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2014 and for the first time under second-year coach Kim Mulkey. LSU was also a No. 3 seed last year but was eliminated in the second round by a No. 6 seeded Big Ten team in Ohio State. A different result is expected this time.
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“We’re moving in the right direction,” said Mulkey, who will coach her 800th career game on Sunday, in a press release. “This would be just another stepping stone that we stepped on.”
The Wolverines played a difficult schedule but only managed one ranked win that year. They ranked as high as No. 12 but fell away after losing three of their last four regular season games, and they were eliminated by rival Buckeyes in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament.
“It’s just going to be a very, very good duel,” said Coach Mulkey. “The difference is maybe we have a little bit more speed, they have more altitude. what will it take It will only take loops.
“They’ve been together for a while and play like this. They know every move that each one of them is making and as a coach you can just tell they’re just a little bit smoother.”
LSU will be looking to match the end of last season against Michigan on Sunday night. Here’s everything you need to know to follow this one typing at 6:30pm CT.
LSU is healthy going into this game.
- Points — F Angel Reese (23.7 PPG)
- Rebounds – F. Angel Reese (15.5 RPG)
- Submissions — G. Alexis Morris (4.1 APG)
- Steals – F Angel Reese (1.9 SPG)
- Blocks — F Angel Reese (1.5 BPG)
- Points — G Leigha Brown (18.0 PPG)
- Rebounds —F Emily Kiser (7.2 RPG)
- Assists — G Leigha Brown (5.9 APG)
- Steals – G Maddie Nolan (1.55 SPG)
- Blocks — F Emily Kiser (0.8 BPG)
The first round for LSU versus Hawaii went mostly smoothly, but I expect this to be a much tougher matchup for the Tigers. Michigan is a good team and is in the top 25, and this is going to be one of the better teams LSU has played all year. That being said, this team has improved in pretty much every way this season and I think it comes with a narrow win over the first weekend.
forecast: LSU 73, Michigan 68