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LSU Women’s Basketball Great for the Sport
You may have missed it, but LSU has assembled the best college basketball roster in history. They already had Angel Reese, the final four MVP, and Flau'jae Johnson, the SEC freshman of the year. So naturally, they added two All-American transfers in Hailey Van Lith, one of the best-returning guards in college basketball, and Aneesah Morrow, who, at 25.7 points a game, will be the second highest scorer returning to college basketball, behind only Caitlin Clark. Oh, and how could I forget the imminent addition of Mikaylah Williams, the number-one player in high school basketball.
We have never seen anything like this, and I am here to say that, contrary to popular belief, this is good for women's basketball and sports.
This is the Avengers deciding defeating Thanos isn't enough, they want to merge with DC and get Superman, Batman, and the rest over just because. This has gone beyond wanting to build a good team, this is downright greed, and I love every bit of it.
There's this misconception that competitive balance is always best for sports, no matter the context. But that is wrong- competitive in-balance is often the secret ingredient to entertaining the casual sports fan.
Time and time again, we have learned that the sports world gravitates towards legendary teams and players, not competitive balance. We love to see Goliath take on David. There's a reason that the four highest-rated finals in NBA history all featured Michael Jordan on his quest for an unblemished finals record.
The hottest ticket in sports is always to see that one team or player chase records. It's why Caitlin Clark set the sports world on fire last season with a 40-point game after a 40-point game. We love to see people and teams accomplish what we thought was impossible, and if you're a hater, you want to see them fail.
Without a doubt, it is the best roster in college basketball history. It's one thing to build a team of hypothetical stars coming in as highly-rated recruits like Kentucky basketball did in the past. It's another to have legitimate college basketball superstars team up.
And if you think I'm wrong, check your Twitter feed. It is almost all tweets about LSU women's basketball, from memes to legitimate discussions about a potential undefeated season. Without a doubt, LSU will be the hottest ticket in basketball next season, maybe even American sports, an incredible accomplishment marking how far women's sports have come in the last few years.
You need teams like this to draw eyes to the sport, whether you're rooting for their historic success or waiting to see them fall to an underdog. Either way, you will be watching. They will have the same revolutionary impact the Fab-Five did on men's college basketball, the same sort of impact Michael Jordan and the Bulls had on the NBA. It will revolutionize women's basketball and sports.
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