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Can Underdog Colorado Avoid Being The Next Victim Of Iowa’s March Madness Dominance?

The 2024 NCAAW March Madness Tournament is Caitlin Clark’s world and we’re all just living in it. On Saturday, at the MVP Arena in Albany, New York, Clark and her Iowa Hawkeyes will be looking to make it two tournaments in a row where they send the Colorado Buffaloes packing in the Sweet 16 round, all while looking to make their way into the Elite Eight round, where the winner of the LSU vs UCLA matchup will be waiting. The game is set to be broadcasted by ABC nationally.


Will Underdog Colorado be the next victim of Caitlin Clark’s March Madness dominance? Image from x/@ActionNetworkHQ
Will Underdog Colorado be the next victim of Caitlin Clark’s March Madness dominance? Image from x/@ActionNetworkHQ

How Can Underdog Colorado Avoid Being The Next Victim Of Iowa’s March Madness Dominance?

Will the Buffaloes’ balanced attack and tenacious defense be enough to dethrone the Hawkeyes, or will Clark’s incredible scoring prowess and Iowa’s high-octane offense prove too much to overcome?

The Iowa Hawkeyes have been on an absolute tear throughout the 2024 NCAAW March Madness Tournament, showcasing their offensive firepower and utter dominance on the court. Led by the reigning women’s college basketball player of the year and future No.1 WNBA draft pick Caitlin Clark, there’s still no team that has shown to be capable of stopping the Hawkeyes on the road to the National Title.

Enter the Colorado Buffaloes

Colorado won’t go down without a fight, as they bring a balanced attack and a stingy defense that could spell trouble for the Hawkeyes. With a spot in the Elite Eight on the line, this matchup promises to be an epic battle, especially with the Buffs coming into the matchup with revenge set on their minds.


Iowa vs Colorado Sweet 16 Betting Line


Even As Underdogs, Buffs Have Payback On Their Minds

Colorado wants revenge, and they want it now. Or well, on Saturday, against Clark and the Hawkeyes in the Sweet 16! Last year, CU fell short against Iowa’s megastar Clark, but they’re determined to flip the script this time around. The Buffs have been battle-tested, earning their spot in the Sweet 16 by playing spoiler on the road for the second year in a row.

Last year’s matchup saw Colorado take an early second-half lead before Clark’s 31-point performance and Iowa’s massive third quarter propelled the Hawkeyes to victory. This time, the Buffaloes are hoping to learn from West Virginia’s recent game against Iowa, where they tied the score late before the Hawkeyes pulled away.

Colorado’s impressive season, highlighted by a number three ranking in the AP Poll and wins against powerhouse teams like LSU, Stanford, and USC, has set the stage for this thrilling matchup. The Buffaloes, led by Pac-12 first-teamers Jaylyn Sherrod and Aaronette Vonleh, along with sharpshooter Frida Formann and rebounding machine Quay Miller, are ready to take on the challenge of facing Clark and the top-seeded Hawkeyes.

Under the guidance of head coach JR Payne, Colorado is making their third-straight NCAA Tournament appearance and looking to secure their first Elite Eight berth since 2002. The Buffaloes have never reached the Final Four, but they’re determined to make history by knocking off the favored Hawkeyes.


Ready For Another Episode Of The Caitlin Clark Show?

As the Hawkeyes and Buffaloes prepare to battle for a spot in the Elite Eight, fans are eagerly anticipating a clash of styles between Iowa’s explosive offense and Colorado’s stingy defense. The high-powered Hawkeyes, averaging 92 points per game, will face the defensive-minded Colorado Buffaloes, who allow just 63.4 points per contest. Iowa’s success hinges on their ability to score, as they boast a 31-3 record when putting up more than 63 points.

Coming into this game, Iowa narrowly escaped an upset bid from No. 8 West Virginia. The Mountaineers erased Iowa’s lead with a 10-0 run to start the fourth quarter, but the Hawkeyes responded with a clutch 3-point play and nine free throws to secure the victory. Despite holding Iowa to a season-low 64 points, West Virginia couldn’t contain the unstoppable Clark, who single-handedly scored half of her team’s points.

Clark is the catalyst not only of Iowa’s offense, but of all women’s college basketball in actuality. While leading her Hawkeyes team in scoring (31.8 ppg), rebounding (7.3 rpg), and assists (8.8 apg), she’s also the Hawkeyes’ most lethal shooter, draining 5.2 three-pointers per game at a 38 percent clip. On top of all that, it’s no secret that Clark’s presence on the court automatically makes Iowa an instant betting favorite against any team on the other side of the paint.

Against Colorado though, a team ready to give Clark hell and then some, Iowa’s superstar might be needing a bit more help to truly propel the Hawkeyes into the Elite Eight round, where a matchup that screams instant classic against the LSU Tigers could be brewing. Hannah Stuelke (14.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and Kate Martin (12.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg), who have provided very valuable contributions on both ends of the court for the Hawkeyes will need to step up and show fans left and right that Iowa basketball is not just Clark.


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