“The boys suck!” Shaquille O’Neal hails praise of Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese, JuJu Watkins for outshining men’s NCAA tournament

The Hall of Famer believes men's college basketball is not worth watching anymore and he does not even know the names of any players.

“The boys suck!” Shaquille O’Neal hails praise of Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese, JuJu Watkins for outshining men’s NCAA tournament

JuJu Watkins, Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese have made Shaquille O'Neal switch over from men's basketball

The NCAA Tournament has been the bedrock for elite performances in the men’s basketball game. But over the last few seasons, the narration has slowly shifted to the women’s side. With elite performances from superstars Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese and JuJu Watkins, NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal has confirmed the belief that he only watches women’s college basketball and does not watch men’s.


While speaking on his podcast, The Big Podcast with Shaq, the Hall of Fame NBA superstar, was asked if he watches the NCAA March Madness.

Well, the boys suck, but I’m definitely following the girls. Actually, women’s basketball is kicking a**. It was kind of like an epiphany. Like, last week was the first time I watched all girls games. Like, I’ve never done it before, ever. JuJu Watkins, Caitlin, my girl Angel Reese…like, they just killing. I don’t think I even know any men’s (players).

Shaquille O’Neal replied

Shaquille O’Neal pointed out that he does not watch NCAA men’s basketball. The women’s side is so good that he had not watched any men’s games last week.


On the contrary, he knows how far the women’s side has come. The 4-time NBA Champion follows the games of JuJu Watkins and Caitlin Clark. He is also known to be a proud supporter of Angel Reese. The big man knows quality when he sees one. And that is with the women’s college basketball game.

No denying that women’s basketball is soaring high

Women’s basketball has been steadily on the rise for some time. However, the spotlight started to shine brighter when Paige Bueckers won the AP Player of the Year award in her freshman year. Then it was Clark who took over and made fans around the world switch over to women’s college basketball. Add to that the two best teams in the WNBA going head-to-head in the Finals last season.

This year, Bueckers has returned to her former elite self after missing two years with injuries. Clark has become the all-time leading scorer in NCAA history. Her battle with Reese in a rematch this year brought in the highest viewership ratings ever for a women’s basketball game. Add to that the explosion of JuJu Watkins in her freshman season.

Shaquille O’Neal’s youngest daughter Me’Arah O’Neal will start her freshman season next year with the Florida Gators. All in all, the big Diesel has all the more reasons to watch women’s basketball going forward.


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