LSU vs. Iowa: Angel Reese and Caitlin Clark Expected to Draw Record Viewership During Elite Eight Game

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Women's college basketball is expected to make viewership history tonight with the LSU vs Iowa game.

Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese will face off on the court tonight in the elite eight as they vie for a final spot in women's March Madness. Last time the teams competed against one another during March Madness (that time in the final), they drew a record-breaking average of 9.9 million viewers — interest in the sport was peaking, and Reese added fuel to the flames when she made a small gesture at Clark, waving her hand in front of her face and pointing to her finger, where the championship ring would soon rest.

That game, the rivalry between Clark and Reese, and that moment — plus an exciting and talented freshman class — have all contributed to a soaring interest in women's college basketball.

“I mean, quite honestly, they did elevate the game last year,” Iowa head coach Lisa Bluder told Yahoo. Reese told Yahoo that her on court relationship with Clark amounts to "two great players playing against each other, helping grow the game.”

Women's March Madness viewership overall has been high, particularly for oft-watched teams like Iowa, UConn, and LSU. But, when Iowa and LSU meet on the court on Monday night, some expect that it may become the single most-watched women's college basketball game of all time. Others predict that the draw won't be quite as large as last year's final, since this game is still in the preliminary rounds. Even if viewership doesn't top last year's match, Sports Media Watch expects the game to easily draw more than 7 million eyes, which hasn't happened for a women's tournament game since the '90s.

How to Watch LSU vs. Iowa

Iowa and LSU will play at 7:15 p.m. ET on Monday, April 1. You can watch the game on ESPN. The winner of this game will head to the final four.


Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue