USC and UConn women’s basketball announce can’t-miss games starting in December

After an exciting 2023-2024 women’s basketball season that saw the undefeated South Carolina Gamecocks win their second title in three years, the 2024-2025 season will certainly need some big games to compete with last year’s viewership.

Luckily, fans didn’t have to wait long for the NCAA to announce perhaps the game, or should I say games, of the year.

The USC Trojans and UConn Huskies are both expected to be powerhouses in women’s basketball next season, with each team competing for a national title while boasting some of the most talented players in the sport.

UConn, of course, brings to the table Paige Bueckers, a 6-foot-1 guard who many considered the best player in college basketball last year after Caitlin Clark. Meanwhile, USC will feature JuJu Watkins, who took the NCAA by storm in her freshman season. The two will undoubtedly improve between last year and next year, and the home-and-home series between the two schools could very well be a preview of the NCAA title game.

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Rivalry between USC and UConn?

Do these schools often play against each other? Not at all, and that makes this series all the more appealing. The two schools have only met three times in their history, with the Huskies holding a 3-0 lead.

USC vs. UConn Elite Eight matchup:

The last time these schools faced off was last year in the Elite Eight of the March Madness tournament. Bueckers and the No. 3 seeded Huskies were able to defeat the No. 1 seeded Trojans by a final score of 80-73.

What did Watkins and Bueckers do last season?

Last season, Bueckers averaged 21.9 points per game, leading UConn to a 33-6 record and a Final Four appearance. They were ultimately defeated in the Final Four by Caitlin Clark and the Iowa Hawkeyes. Meanwhile, Watkins, as a freshman, scored 27.1 points per game.

What else do we know about this stay-at-home series?

The excitement surrounding this matchup cannot be understated, and is only further sold by the fact that the first game of the series will feature an NFL lead-in, according to Michael Mulvihill of FOX Sports.

If that doesn’t scream game of the year, then nothing does.

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