Postponed games, long COVID-19 breaks for some programs, and few non-conference competitions made this season different from any we’ve ever seen. However, the focus is on the 2021 women’s NCAA tournament and is expected to be played by 64 teams. After last season’s tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, it feels like a mission to get to this point, even if the journey was different from any other.
The NCAA tournament will look different too. The entire tournament will be played in a single destination – the San Antonio area – with multiple venues, limited fans, and a customized schedule. The Women’s Final Four will take place on April 2nd and 4th at the Alamodome. The road to the Lone Star State begins with the selection on Monday March 15th. Along the way, and if auto bids are won, we will continue to update bracketology and the projected tournament field.
Louisville stalled on Sunday and fell in the unrated state of Florida. Texas A&M – 8-0 against teams in the NET top 50 rankings – replaces the Cardinals in the top row. The SEC now has two # 1 seeds, and the pair will clash on Sunday (ESPN2 / ESPN app, 2:00 p.m. ET) when South Carolina visits College Station. The game will decide the SEC crown, but it will likely not cost a # 1 seed either. Jackson State, Oregon State, and Utah Valley are new to the field this week, while DePaul (seeds # 7 through # 8) and Mississippi State (seeds # 8 through # 7) have moved one seed line to allow parentheses enable .
On the bladder
The first four out
The last four In
The next four out
64 team bracket
New team in brackets
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