Mariana: I will agree with you that the Huskies’ biggest opponent this upcoming weekend could be Mississippi State. Besides having to deal with the physical game, UConn will potentially be playing a mind game trying not to get distracted by the fact that they’re playing a team that embarrassed them and knocked them out before the championship game. If the Huskies do meet Mississippi State, Teaira McCowan will be a monumental task for them. In the regular season, McCowan averaged points per game and rebounds per game. To counter that, Katie Lou Samuelson leads UConn in points per game with and Napheesa Collier leads the Huskies in rebounds with . Also, Mississippi State head coach Vic Schaefer cannot be underestimated. He molded his team from being beaten by UConn by over 60 points to being able to beat the Huskies in the Final Four a year later. He puts incredible trust in his players and makes them believe that anything is possible. His team does not get caught up in the idea that UConn is unbeatable. If they truly believe that they can win, Mississippi State has as good a chance as any at beating UConn for a national championship.
“Management and ownership justify almost everything they do to curtail salaries—salary caps, the draft—by saying, ‘We need to maintain competitive balance or people won't be interested,’” adds Maxcy. That myth has percolated down to fans, who now see those measures—as well as the NCAA’s carefully guarded amateurism—as necessary to ensure the sports they follow remain entertaining. Yet, for example, the College Football Playoff National Championship delivered its second-highest ratings on ESPN this year, as Alabama took home its...17th national title.