No. 3 LSU vs. No. 2 UCLA preview: Angel Reese, Kim Mulkey and the Tigers face their toughest test of the tournament (2024)

This LSU vs. UCLA clash has a lot of surface drama — Kim Mulkey has generated headlines of late, and Angel Reese is one of the sport’s most magnetic and talked-about stars. But the big trends overshadow other exciting storylines, not to mention that this may emerge as the best game of the NCAA tournament so far (and possibly for its entirety).


For instance, LSU guard Flau’jae Johnson averages 14.4 points per game, shoots 38.1 percent from 3, was on “America’s Got Talent” at age 14, and has a collaboration with Lil’ Wayne on the horizon. UCLA center Lauren Betts is a 6-foot-7 transfer from Stanford who was ESPN’s No. 1 ranked recruit in 2022. She averages nearly a double-double (and has four in her last five games), is fifth in the nation in FG percentage and she’s signed to a modeling agency that only features women 6-foot-4 or taller.

And there is more. A lot more. We didn’t even get to Kiki Rice yet! This game is, as noted below, “appointment viewing.” Let’s dive in!

Ben Pickman’s keys to the game

Which team will create extra possessions?

LSU and UCLA are two of the best teams in the nation on the glass. The Bruins are currently in the 99th percentile of offensive rebound percentage, according to CBB Analytics, retrieving their misses 41.5 percent of the time. That’s only slightly less than LSU, which is in the 100th percentile and grabs an offensive rebound on 44 percent of its missed shots. Controlling the offensive and defensive glass will be paramount, as will not committing careless turnovers. LSU had a season-high 24 turnovers in its opening-round win over Rice and has had 15 or more turnovers in five of its last six games.

From our Sweet 16 preview:

The Tigers were locked in a struggle against MTSU for two-and-a-half quarters until Flau’jae Johnson turned on the jets. The Bruins were in an even bigger hole in the second half of their second-round game but similarly relied on a sophom*ore guard — Kiki Rice — to power their comeback. Now, the two heavyweights — who placed first and third in The Athletic’s preseason power rankings — meet in the Sweet 16.

The reason Albany 2 was considered the Region of Death was because of matchups like this. LSU won it all last year, and it has the current SEC Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year, as well as a four-time title-winning head coach (who, umm, might be a little more distracted than usual). The Tigers also brought in this year’s No. 1 recruiting class. The Bruins counter with 2022’s top class, whichLauren Bettsis now a part of, as well as projected first-round draft pickCharisma Osborne.


The matchup betweenAngel Reeseand Betts will be appointment viewing. Betts has the size and is more polished in the post, but nobody works harder than Reese, who will fight her counterpart for every inch in the post. Osborne will have the task of defending Johnson and specifically preventing the star sophom*ore from getting loose in transition, but Osborne is no stranger to difficult matchups. UCLA’s advantage could come at point guard, where Rice is bigger and more physical thanHailey Van Lith, potentially forcing LSU to bring in Last-Tear Poa for her defensive prowess.

The Tigers have the edge in experience, but the Bruins are deeper and arguably more talented. UCLA has beaten teams as good as, if not better than, LSU in the regular season, but the Tigers have turned it on in the NCAA Tournament with a similar cast of characters before.

– Sabreena Merchant

How to watch UCLA vs. LSU

What: Albany 2 Region, Sweet 16

Tipoff time: 1 p.m. ET Saturday


Location: Albany, N.Y.

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UCLA vs. LSU odds

Odds are from BetMGM and update live.

Expert picks and projections

Sabreena’s Pick: LSU to win

Austin Mock’s projection: Our “numbers guy,” Austin Mock, uses advanced statistical models and simulations to project the chances for each team to make it through each round of the tournament. Based on 1 million simulations of the women’s 2024 NCAA Tournament, here is our projected score:

  • LSU 72.8, UCLA 71.3

Players to watch


  • Angel Reese, junior forward, SEC Player of the Year, first-team All-SEC, SEC all-defensive team
  • Mikaylah Williams, freshman guard, SEC Freshman of the Year
  • Aneesah Morrow, junior guard, first-team All-SEC
  • Flau’jae Johnson, sophom*ore guard, second-team All-SEC


  • Lauren Betts, sophom*ore center, All-Pac-12, Pac-12 all-defensive team
  • Charisma Osborne, graduate guard, All-Pac-12, Pac-12 all-defensive team
  • Kiki Rice, sophom*ore guard, All-Pac-12

More NCAA basketball tournament coverage

  • Everything to know about the women’s NCAA Tournament this year
  • Sweet 16 projections: Every team’s chance to make it to each round
  • Women’s March Madness Big Board: Details on all 68 teams

(Top photo: Andy Hanco*ck / NCAA Photos / NCAA Photos via Getty Images; Brian Rothmuller / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

No. 3 LSU vs. No. 2 UCLA preview: Angel Reese, Kim Mulkey and the Tigers face their toughest test of the tournament (2024)


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LSU vs. UCLA Game Information & Streaming
  • Date: Saturday, March 30, 2024.
  • Time: 1:00 PM ET.
  • Location: Albany, New York.
  • Venue: MVP Arena.
  • TV: Watch on ABC.
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ALBANY, N.Y. – The No. 2 seed UCLA women's basketball team fell in the NCAA Tournament third round on Saturday afternoon to third-seeded LSU, 78-69, at the MVP Arena in Albany, New York. Lauren Betts led the Bruins with 14 points and 17 rebounds in the loss.

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In each instance, the abbreviation for Louisiana State University is commonly known and accepted as "LSU."

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Flau'jae Johnson had 24 points and 12 rebounds and Reese put up her 26th double-double of the season Saturday as LSU (31-5) beat UCLA 78-69 in the Sweet 16.

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Johnson, Reese lead defending champion LSU past UCLA 78-69 to reach Elite Eight. — Angel Reese says LSU's players are embracing the role of "good villains” as they make a run toward repeating as national champions.

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What time is March Madness Sweet 16 game LSU vs UCLA? The March Madness Sweet 16 clash between LSU and UCLA is scheduled for Saturday, March 30. It will tip off at 13:00 Eastern Time.


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