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Iowa set for rematch with LSU after advancing to Elite Eight

Title game vs. Iowa a landmark NIL era moment

There will be a sequel.

Iowa beat Colorado in the Sweet 16 on Saturday afternoon, setting up a rematch of last year’s national title game with LSU.

When the two appeared in the same region, this appeared to be a strong possibility. Now, after both teams took care of business in the Sweet 16, it’s finally happening.

LSU beat Iowa 102-85 in the national title last year. The game was competitive in the first half before LSU’s offense got rolling over the final two quarters. The Hawkeyes defense didn’t have an answer and the Tigers set a national championship game scoring record.

Both teams are peaking at the right time and this one figures to be high-scoring again with Caitlin Clark on one side and LSU’s high-powered attack on the other.

Iowa put up 89 points on Saturday with Clark pouring in 29. If this one becomes a shootout, LSU will have to match it but the Tigers have their own offensive star emerging with Flau’Jae Johnson averaging 19.6 points per game in the NCAA tournament.

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