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FIRST TAKE | Can Paige Bueckers stop Caitlin Clark from becoming GOAT? - Stephen A. on Iowa vs UConn

Apr 04, 2024
and that's how we got there Paige Beckers and Caitlyn Clark once again put in electric performances Beckers scored 28 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and a win over USC and Clark had 41 with seven rebounds and 12 assists and a win over LSU, our girl Andrea. Dre is back, I'm GNA, I start with you on this one, how big is the Clark Becker feud, it's huge, it's like I would literally call it a colossal feud between these two because of everything they've been through for Paige with her injuries . Caitlyn almost won a national championship last season, but you have to remember that these two were the talk of her freshman year in terms of who will win the national freshman of the year award.
first take can paige bueckers stop caitlin clark from becoming goat   stephen a on iowa vs uconn
Caitlyn scored more points per game as a freshman, but Paige was more efficient. In her

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year, Paige's team was a little better and everyone was trying to decide who is the best player you would rather have on your team, that's still a topic of conversation, so they have a chance too. There is nothing but respect between them. By creating this rivalry, we are not saying that they hate each other, but they are two of the best in the game right now and have been that way since their freshman year with the opportunity to go head to head and the difference is that they could protect each other.
first take can paige bueckers stop caitlin clark from becoming goat   stephen a on iowa vs uconn

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Iowa could go to the Zone, but Caitlyn could be protected by Paige and have that one-on-one matchup to see them do it and see Paige try to slow down or limit Caitlyn, which we haven't seen a lot of people be able to do. It could be a really special game to see them go one on one. We saw Paige defend Juju. That was special. Paige possibly defended Caitlyn and then tried to operate on the offensive end like the Smooth Criminal she has been all season. She could move on. I'm going to let the guys get involved, but this one is going to be amazing, you know, the game is always about the game within the game, so it was much more about the Lakers than the Celtics, it was the magic of the birds.
first take can paige bueckers stop caitlin clark from becoming goat   stephen a on iowa vs uconn
It was Russell Chamberlain and every time you see two greats, it was not only the Patriots against the Colts, it was Tom Brady against Pton Manning and this is what we have, we have two elite players, yes, it's Yukon against Iowa, we always like . oh it's my team, this team, that team, no, we want to see Caitlyn Clark and we want to see Paige Beckers and we hope we get a chance to see these links I'm protecting you, you're protecting me because at some point In the moment in what will happen, we hope the game is close enough at the end of the game Andrea and Steve, hey, you know what, because that's what KD and Lebron did, that's what Bird and Magic did, that's what left Jordan, who is the best player.
first take can paige bueckers stop caitlin clark from becoming goat   stephen a on iowa vs uconn
I understand, that's what Kobe would do, so I want to see the game within the game, but hey, they are two great players. Both have been players of the years. Paige Beckers was player of the year her freshman year and her last two years. Caitlyn Clark Paige is coming back from that gruesome knee injury and now she is coming into shape. Can you imagine if you see what she looks like now? She waits until you see her next year. H, but this will be the game I want to see. I'm going to watch it, but to me it's the game within the game Paige Beckers Caitlyn Clark Yukon Iowa someone is advancing to the national championship game there's more than one way to define and cement legacies but they're still very few it's more than one but they're still very few and this is one of those situations where you mentioned teams, listen when we talk about magic and bird magic had Kareem and worthy and Byron Scott Norm Nixon before Michael Cooper Michael Thompson people like that bird had a male and Parish and a and Henderson DJ all these other DJ Dennis Johnson the last great Dennis Johnson, of course, Tiny Archall, one of the best little guards in the history of the game, but you still find yourself talking about Bird and Magic, yes, and why, because in sports.
In basketball, that one-on-one matchup means everything, so when we look at Paige Beckets and we look at Caitlyn Clark, as big as she's going to be for women's college basketball, as big as she's going to be for women's basketball, it's even bigger for Paige. Beckets. than Caitlyn because after last night's performance you said Shannon Caitlyn reviewed all the fighters, I mean just look at what you saw last year in the semifinals against South Carolina with the 41 you saw last night with another 41 against LSU. She saw her defeat that giant, the current defending NCAA champions, Caitlyn, has reviewed the boxers with Paige.
We know what Paige could and should be if it hadn't been for her injuries, but now that she's back to really put herself on the map considering this is the case. In a typical Team Yukon year you made it to the final four, but even Andrea pointed out that they're supposed to be here not with the plethora of injuries they've had, nor the capable bodies they don't have at their disposal, nor the ascending battle. and uphill that they were going to have to fight, Paige Beck has brought them here and so she is essentially doing for Yukon what Caitlyn Clark is doing for Iowa and now that she is in this particular situation now that she has apparently recovered of her injury and To face Caitlyn Clark again because of what we know about Caitlyn Clark and what she has cemented, it is Paige's turn to provide that cement to her Legacy as well and it will be really interesting to see how she responds to that. challenge this Friday night.
I suspect they're both going to have big games, you know what this reminds me of too? I can't let this moment pass without giving some credit to the women both players admire, you know? What this reminds me of reminds me of last season's WNBA Finals who was the game within the game in the WNBA Finals was Brianna Stewart and Asia Wilson that was the one on one matchup everyone wanted to see they held their own every They both hit each other, they both made tough buckets, you have Asia Wilson with her fadeaway and her elbows out and you foul her every time she hits a shot, she took control at times and then what happened to the aces?
They had an exhausted list. I'm not saying Connecticut is going to win the game, but Asis had a depleted roster and she still won that game, so she saw masterful coaching too. You'll have to see that on both sides, like in this matchup, everything is flooding. For me, seeing Asia and Brianna Stewart and also seeing her teammates be great and her teammates have to step up in those moments, so this is the parallel that I'm drawing, it's immediate, it's there. , both players have observed those two players. It's just amazing what we'll get to see again after witnessing greatness at the W and Paige is trying to do something that every great Yukon woman who came through that program has done, win a National Championship.
They have been the play of the year, but if you want to solidify yourself to get ahead with Rosi and Maya Mo and Banna Stewart and all those Tina Charles, you have to get one if it's just one like Luther used to say. the time when Stephen, if only for one night, if you could only get one, Banna, he got four terasi, he got three, but if you could only get one, you'd see you miss out on your legacy, that's a lot of pressure, and that's a lot of pressure , because think about it. to the stores in Connecticut, your women's basketball, you go to the stores in Connecticut, as good as you are as a player, think of the room they have, think of the greatness that has blessed that campus, that university and you, the only one without a championship, yes, that. that's not a good feeling yeah, that's not a good feeling they remind you every day it's the coming home that coming home you're the only person who's not going to want to show up you're the only person who's not going to want to show up at homecoming, yeah, okay, Dre, before you go.
I want to ask you this, start with you on this question, who do you think is the biggest threat to South Carolina? We haven't really been talking about South Carolina much because they're obviously dominating, so who do you think is the biggest threat? Iowa is the biggest threat to South Carolina. Granted, there are multiple reasons why you have to give credit to the state of North Carolina. North Carolina State has aiah James, they have shooters. electric guards Iowa one has Caitlyn Clark two has more depth than Connecticut and three have beaten South Carolina before. This is a completely different South Carolina team, but with the same idea of ​​having to go up against the Elite in length, skill, athleticism and depth.
Iowa is the only team of the remaining three that can at least keep in mind that we've done this before, not only have we done it before, we did it last season, when no one thought we could do it, so I think Iowa, given its experience, given Caitlyn Clark and her three-point shooting ability, that's the biggest difference in keeping games close with South Carolina. You need a difference of 12 to 15 points from the three-point line. Caitlyn Clark can give you that herself once. Gabby. Marshall and Kate Martin start hitting threes, it's problematic on all fronts, so with the way Caitlyn's teammates are playing, the way she's playing in her experience from last season of doing exactly That way, Iowa would have the best chance of defeating South Carolina.
I don't disagree, I agree with Everything you said Andrea, but the difference between this year's South Carolina team and last year's team. This team can shoot from outside. Remember last year when Caitlyn Clark said, "I'm not a girl. I'm not even worried about you. Go ahead and shoot." They turned their back on Stephen, now you can't do that because they can knock down those shots and also their sides and size with thistles and the other one is you like you said Andre, they are going to have to beat him from the outside, but South Carolina has better shots outside and we know the presence inside, but I think I am still the best team that has the best chance of beating them.
Also, we have to discuss whose show has the most pressure on you are Dawn sterley, you lost in the final four last year, you had back-to-back undefeated regular seasons, okay you literally know 73 and/or 72 and one the last two years and you're just The loser is Caitlyn Clark, you know what you're going to lose again, that's her story, Yukon, we already talked about Paige Beckets and the pressure that comes with her and how you can't be the one who didn't give you a championship. I have Caitlyn Clark hey look you were lost in the national championship last year, your cemented is one of the great players we have seen in the history of college basketball, but there is no championship to prove it, that is pressure in itself same for the team. the least amount of peer pressure NC State NC State yeah, yeah, sure, yeah, okay, unfortunately we have to leave it there on Andrea.
It's great to see you, we miss you and by we I mean me because I haven't had you in a long time. Maybe, uh, haven't you been watching on TV? haven't you been looking? but I don't have to hang up. I've been watching on television. I see all the time yes, yes, yes, but it's different, it's different when she's fine, she's fine coming. Our Middle Lane Tower is under attack. How much of these stories is really true? I guess that's the part where no one defeats me to attack. I long to be worthy. An ally has been defeated.
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