The matchup of the night features the best running rivalry in women's college basketball, as Stanford hosts Tennessee for the 22nd consecutive year of regular season games. (Trivia: these teams have never had a running contract; they just keep calling each other up and making it work.)
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Just the condensed version: Stanford runs everything through the Sisters, to the tune of nearly half their scoring and rebounds. Outside the Ogwumikes, the team is still searching for go-to options on offense and on the boards, but those two will be quite the handful on their own as they'll be the most physical and talented interior duo that Tennessee has faced all year. If Baugh and Johnson don't have their heads on straight for this one, it'll be a long night.
The biggest question is how Tennessee's long road stretch affects them, if at all. This is the last and toughest game in a trek spanning both coasts and a stop in Knoxville barely long enough to refuel the plane. With the UCLA game still in the rear view mirror, this will be a great precursor to test Tennessee's playoff focus: come out sharp, and there's reason to believe, even with a loss. Come out sloppy, and we'll have to hope for a massive turnaround during conference play.
Prediction: 83 - 77 Tennessee (but it might take overtime)
BassWatch™: DNP; CD