FSU Basketball: A FSU Fan's Guide to The Final Four

FSU Basketball fans, come with me on an Odyssey of the NCAA Tournament's remaining contenders. We will look through the program's history, the team's performance this season, and the tournament's storylines as we create vested interests for ourselves to make these last six games all the more entertaining.

Zach Edey of the Purdue Boilermakers in action against the Tennessee Volunteers
Zach Edey of the Purdue Boilermakers in action against the Tennessee Volunteers / SOPA Images/GettyImages
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Iowa Women

Unless you have been living under a rock, you probably have heard about Caitlin Clark and her Iowa Hawkeyes. The team has been one of the best in the nation and it is due to their star with generational talent.

She shoots from the parking lot, out of rhythm or not, and sinks it. She has a remarkable handle of the basketball with great skills and court vision. She is the first player, man or woman, to score 3,000 points and have 1,000 assists in back to back seasons.

Clark breaks scoring records like bullies break pencils. And she has done it all for a program that is an NCAA Tournament mainstay with 30 appearances in the last 38 years, but never won it all. And they have a real chance.

Long-tenured coach Lisa Bluder and her team already vanquished last year's final foe in the Elite Eight, evening the score with an LSU team looking to complete a back-to-back championship season. They won their sixth BIG Ten conference tournament after finishing a close second in the contest for the regular season crown, which would have been their 11th in program history.

With a 33-4 record, the weight of the program's first championship on their shoulders, and the best player in the women's game, they take the floor for these final games.

These are legacy games for Clark. She is already cemented into the pantheon of great female players, but as a competitor and a Hawkeye, she craves adding a national championship to her long list of accomplishments.

Clark has grown the women's game to such a tremendous degree that her rematch with Angel Reese and LSU garnered 12.4 million on viewers. That is so tremendous for both women and their programs, as they continue to grow their brands and spotlights now entering the WNBA.

And the benefit is that the next girls that come in will be even better and taken more seriously from their first games because of the work these women have done. Clark has done that, while breaking records and your opponent's will, and creating some of basketballs best and most iconic moments.

How can you not root for that?

Stats from ESPN.com and history from Wikipedia.com

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