Two top-seeded teams in the 2014 NCAA women's basketball tournament have gone home early, and as we enter the Final Four, just two remain.
No. 1 Connecticut will look to keep its unbeaten streak alive against the surging the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal while No. 1 Notre Dame will face off against surprising No. 4 Maryland.
All four of these teams have been playing inspired basketball of late, and these two Final Four contests figure to bring about the most high-octane action we've seen to date.
Be sure to tune in on Sunday when these teams take the court. This is certainly an event that is sure to bring about some thrills and intensity as we find out which two teams will face off in the finals.
Let's take a look at the full Final Four schedule and viewing information, followed by some predictions as to how these games may unfold.
Final Four Schedule
|Date||Time (ET)||Matchup||TV Info|
|Sun., April 6||6:30 p.m.||No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 4 Maryland||ESPN|
|Sun., April 6||8:30 p.m.||No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 2 Stanford||ESPN|
The 2014 NCAA women's basketball tournament Final Four can be live streamed on WatchESPN.
|Team 1||Team 2||Pick|
|Notre Dame||Maryland||Notre Dame|
Sean O'Donnell's Predictions
The Fighting Irish have put together a dominant run through the tournament. Through four games, Notre Dame's smallest margin of victory was 15 points. The team will be at a disadvantage during the Final Four, as forward Natalie Achonwa is out with a knee injury, although her teammates are rallying around her and will continue to keep up the pace in her absence.
During an interview with Tom Coyne of the Associated Press (via Yahoo Sports), coach Muffet McGraw explained her team's mentality. Said McGraw, "We still believe. She got us to this point, now somebody else has to finish it."
Expect the unbeaten Irish to maintain their flawless record due to the stellar play of Jewell Loyd, Kayla McBride and the rest of a very deep team.
What more can be said about the Connecticut Huskies that hasn't been said already?
This team continues to dominate year in and year out. Obviously, this season has been no different.
Like the Irish, the Huskies are unbeaten to this point in the season. Not only have they been winning, but they've been embarrassing opponents. A 15-point victory in a defensive struggle against Texas A&M was Connecticut's closest contest throughout the first four rounds of the tournament.
The defending champions have a great chance of repeating this season. Why is that? Simply because this may be the most well-rounded, versatile, united team in the nation.
During the Huskies' last tournament win against the Aggies, all five of the team's starters scored double-digit points. Not only does this team have the capability of going on a scoring frenzy, but their size and strength make them dominant in the paint.
The Huskies have jelled nicely as a team and continue to play solid, fundamental basketball on both ends of the court. Stanford has been fun to watch to this point; however, the Cardinal just doesn't have the depth and versatility to keep up with the Huskies.