January 31, 2022 

A Super Bowl basketball blitz

Breaking down women's CBK based on the Bengals/Rams showdown

Super Bowl LVI is set with the Cincinnati Bengals taking on the Los Angeles Rams. What a great opportunity to breakdown women’s college basketball based on this monster matchup – let’s call the run-pass option and see what’s happening across the country!

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The Bengals represent Ohio, as do many talented women’s basketball teams right now. A host of mid-major programs are focused on staking their claims to post-season bids. Dayton is on a ten-game winning streak, 7-0 in the Atlantic 10 and receiving votes in the Top 25. Toledo is 9-1 in the MAC and Youngstown State is 18-3 overall and 12-2 right now in the Horizon League. Ohio State is 7-3 in the Big Ten, led by junior guard Jacy Sheldon – the Buckeyes are focused on making this year’s NCAA Tournament.

The west coast is home to the Rams and the No. 2 Stanford Cardinal (16-3, 7-0 in the Pac 12). UCLA, USC and Cal have each had their struggles and need to elevate their games if the post-season is in their sights. Do not sleep on Cal Baptist in the WAC and Long Beach State in the Big West; both quality mid-major teams are playing well.

It will be an all-SEC quarterback battle in Super Bowl LVI – Matthew Stafford of the Rams (Georgia) and the Bengals’ Joe Burrow (LSU). These two top 15 women’s basketball teams will square off in a big test on Feb. 10 – a game of bragging rights before the Super Bowl.

Coaches are the masterminds at every level of sport and this year’s big game will showcase two of the youngest but most talented football minds in the NFL. Rams head coach Sean McVey went to Miami (OH) and Cincinnati’s Zach Taylor went to Nebraska. So who will you be cheering for on Feb. 13?

Written by Missy Heidrick

I am a retired Kansas State shooting guard and spent almost 20 years working in Higher Education and Division 1 athletics. I am currently a basketball analyst for television and radio, contributing correspondent at The Next, Locked on Women's Basketball podcast host, WBB Naismith Award board of selectors member and run my own consulting business. I am a proud mother of two and wife to a patient husband who is almost as big of a sports junkie as I am!

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