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And then there were four!

Basketball’s on the brain this fine Friday, with the women’s March Madness Final Four tipping off tonight before the men take the court tomorrow. But that’s not all — there’s plenty of other sports news heading into this stacked weekend. Without further ado…

Quote of The Day
Quote I think that was the game I slapped you on your butt.
UConn redshirt junior Paige Bueckers tosses the basketball.

— No. 3 UConn superstar Paige Bueckers, reminding her head coach, Geno Auriemma, of a memorable moment from their 2021 March Madness game against No. 1 Iowa, ahead of tonight’s highly anticipated rematch. Cheeky, cheeky.

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Women’s Final Four

🎓🏀 This is what you came for

A collage of photos showing NC State’s Aziaha James, South Carolina’s Kamilla Cardoso, UConn’s Paige Bueckers, and Iowa’s Caitlin Clark
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The GIST: Record-setting viewership, stunning starpower, and a whole lot of hoopla later, the women’s March Madness tournament culminates this weekend. First up, tonight’s stacked Final Four lineup, with two spots in Sunday’s 3 p.m. ET championship game on the line.

No. 3 NC State vs. No. 1 South Carolina — Tonight at 7 p.m. ET: Naismith Coach of the Year Dawn Staley’s undefeated Gamecocks are back in the Final Four for the fourth straight year — a run characterized by depth and dominance. South Carolina looks downright unstoppable, thanks in large part to standout senior Kamilla Cardoso and her average 14 points, nine rebounds per game.

  • That said, NC State is no stranger to pulling off upsets: they downed No. 2 Stanford and No. 1 Texas to reach their first Final Four since 1998. The Wolfpack player to watch? Sophomore Aziaha James, who dropped a career-high 27 points in the Elite Eight. Big time.

No. 3 UConn vs. No. 1 Iowa — Tonight at 9:30 p.m. ET: Huskies superstar Paige Bueckers vs. back-to-back Naismith Player of the Year Caitlin Clark — need we say more? Rallied by yet another historic Clark performance, the Hawkeyes avenged last year’s title game loss to No. 3 LSU to reach their second straight and just third-ever Final Four.

  • UConn, meanwhile, overcame a myriad of injuries to make a surprisingly unlikely Final Four appearance. Their short bench could pose a problem, especially if they get into foul trouble, but the dynamic duo of Bueckers and Canadian Aaliyah Edwards have persevered before.
  • The Huskies also have the edge on defense, but what can you even do to guard Clark? One thing’s for sure: the women’s game will be shining bright under those Friday night lights.
Men’s Final Four

🎓🏀 Two Davids, two Goliaths

No. 1–seed Purdue men’s basketball practices on the Final Four court in Phoenix.
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The GIST: Tomorrow’s blockbuster men’s Final Four matchups both feature powerhouse programs vs. scrappy underdogs. Will the cream rise to the top, or can the Cinderellas hold onto their glass slippers until Monday’s title game?

No. 11 NC State vs. No. 1 Purdue — Tomorrow at 6:09 p.m. ET: NC State’s improbable run began with their shocking ACC tournament win, and they’ll need all that momentum in their toughest postseason challenge yet. Between Purdue’s Zach Edey — the likely back-to-back Player of the Year — and NC State’s breakout star, DJ Burns Jr., this will be a big-man battle for the ages.

  • Edey’s unparalleled ability to draw fouls will likely be a deciding factor: If Burns gets into foul trouble, the Wolfpack could lack answers for the 7-foot-4 Canadian. But if Burns can play clean, history could repeat itself.

No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 1 UConn — Tomorrow at 8:49 p.m. ET: UConn’s a runaway train heading toward their second straight natty: They rolled over their first four tourney opponents by an average of almost 28 points. Their one weakness? Teams who can sink risky shots from beyond the three-point arc…which just happens to be Alabama’s bread and butter.

  • The Tide’s success rests heavily on senior guard Mark Sears’ shoulders. He drained an impeccable six second-half three-pointers in Alabama’s Elite Eight win over No. 6 Clemson, and Bama will need another stellar performance to have a shot tomorrow.
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SheBelieves Cup

⚽ Keep her runnin’ back and forth, soccer team

USWNT forward Mallory Swanson passes the ball away from CanWNT midfielder Jessie Fleming.
Source: Roy K. Miller/ISI Photos/Getty Images

The GIST: The ninth annual SheBelieves Cup kicks off tomorrow, with four of the world’s best women’s footy squads competing in a preview of this year’s Paris Olympics. Oui oui.

  • But this edition of SheBelieves looks a bit different than years prior. The tourney was trimmed to four teams, so the winners of tomorrow’s semis head straight to Tuesday’s championship and the losers to the third-place match. Efficient.

No. 4 USWNT vs. No. 7 Japan — Tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. ET: The USWNT is dealing with a possibly tense locker room, but remains focused on clinching a fifth consecutive title.

No. 9 CanWNT vs. No. 10 Brazil — Tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. ET: After a dismal performance at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the defending Olympic champion red and white are finding their stride, impressing at the Concacaf W Gold Cup (even when underwater) behind a strong showing from forward Adriana Leon.

Buzzer Beaters

🔄 After just one season with the LSU Tigers, star guard Hailey Van Lith has reportedly once again entered the transfer portal, while former Virginia Tech guard Georgia Amoore is on the move to Kentucky to reunite with ex-Hokies head coach Kenny Brooks.

Before leaving for Las Vegas in 2028, the Oakland Athletics will play in a smaller, largely inadequate stadium in Sacramento, CA, beginning next season. Yikes.

🏈 After creating more beef than the hit drama series, four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Stefon Diggs was traded from the Buffalo Bills to the Houston Texans on Wednesday in exchange for a 2025 second-round draft pick.

🇺🇲 Captain Hilary Knight lit the lamp to lift No. 2 Team USA to a 4–0 Women’s Worlds opening win over No. 3 Switzerland on Wednesday. The red, white, and blue’s next group play clash is against No. 5 Czechia tonight at 7 p.m. ET.

England’s Lottie Woad leads the field after two rounds at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. The golfers will play a practice round at the esteemed Augusta National today, before the action concludes tomorrow.

🏆 The PWHL teamed up with Tiffany and Co. to unveil its championship trophy yesterday. The trophy is called the Walter Cup in honor of the Walter family, who provided foundational support to launch the league. Shimmering beautiful.

🏀 NY Knicks All-NBA forward Julius Randle will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery after trying to rehabilitate a dislocated shoulder injury suffered in January — a tough blow to the playoff-contending squad.

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Question of the Day

As you read, there’s a whole lot of Final Four basketball to be played over the next 48 hours, so we need to know: which game are you most looking forward to?

On Wednesday, we asked you who you think will win the women’s Final Four. 42% voted for No. 1 Iowa, 36% voted for No. 1 South Carolina, 15% voted for No. 3 UConn, and 7% voted for No. 3 NC State.

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