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No. 4 Mississippi State at No. 7 Oregon Women’s Basketball Preview

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It will be a showdown in Eugene, as No. 4 Mississippi State faces it’s toughest test against No. 7 Oregon.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Final Four Championship Game-Notre Dame vs Mississippi State Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

While Mississippi State has shown tremendous promise thus far, the Bulldogs will be put to the test in Eugene. In what has been regarded as one of the game’s toughest environments, Oregon will be backed by a loud and loyal crowd in primetime. But if there’s anyone in the nation who knows a thing or two about road wins, it is Mississippi State head coach Vic Schaefer, who will have his team ready.

Broadcast Information

The game is at 6:00 pm and can be watched on ESPN 2.

Records and Rankings

Mississippi State:

  • Record: 10-0
  • Ranking: 5th AP / 5th Coaches

Oregon

  • Record: 8-1
  • Ranking: 7th AP / 7th Coaches

What to Watch For

  • Jazzmun Holmes running the show

Holmes has embraced her new role as a starting point guard, proving herself on both ends of the floor. In addition, Holmes is a spark plug who can turn the tide, especially creating turnovers into points. She is quick with vision along with a nose for the ball. Look for Holmes to be on point and get things started from opening tip

  • Teaira McCowan & Anriel Howard ruling the paint
NCAA Womens Basketball: Final Four Championship Game-Notre Dame vs Mississippi State Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

It is no secret that McCowan and Howard will be a problem for Oregon. Both are averaging double figures in points, McCowan with 18.6 and Howard with 14.7 per game. Expect a double double from if the Bulldogs come out on top. Coach Schaefer will heavily rely on both as each are sure to see their share of minutes.

  • Myah Taylor off the bench

Taylor can score, it’s as simple as that. Mississippi State’s are loaded with depth, as they will have to assist the starters tonight. Look for Taylor to have a huge impact on the national stage. The Mississippi State native from Olive Branch is due for a brake out game and what better one than this?

Prediction

Truth be told, this once could go either way. But because of Mississippi State’s dominance in the paint, expect the Bulldogs to get a hard earned W by a score of 78-74. Mississippi State just has too much depth and will ultimately be too much for the Ducks to handle late.