NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special Kicks off on ESPN and ESPNU
Selection Special is ESPN’s Exclusive Unveiling of 64-Team Women’s Bracket; Coverage Continues Tuesday with NCAA Women’s Bracket Special and ESPNU Coaches Spotlight
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For the 18th consecutive year, ESPN and ESPN HD will present the exclusive, live announcement of the women’s 64-team NCAA Women’s Tournament field on the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special Monday, March 15, at 7 p.m. ET. The show will be simulcast on ESPN360.com. Trey Wingo will host the show with analysts Kara Lawson and Carolyn Peck on the main set, while Doris Burke and Rebecca Lobo will join in to further break down the brackets.
The exclusive presentation continues at 8 p.m. on ESPNU with NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special: Extended Coverage as Wingo, Lawson, Peck, Burke and Lobo continue to break down the bracket, with special attention paid to first-round matchups. The show will feature guests from around the world of women’s basketball. The two hours of programming will tip off ESPN’s robust coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, March 20-April 6 on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN360.com and ESPN FULL COURT. Meanwhile, ESPN will feature supplemental women’s NCAA Championship content across its platforms, including SportsCenter, ESPNU.com, ESPNEWS, ESPN Mobile and ESPN.com.
On Tuesday, March 16, Wingo, Lawson and Peck will return for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Bracket Special at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The show will more closely examine the bracket seeds and matchups, with more interviews and reaction from the basketball community.
NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special at a Glance
March 15, 7 p.m. ET, ESPN and ESPN360.com; Extended coverage, 8 p.m. ESPNU
- Virtual player cards for Connecticut’s Tina Charles and Stanford’s Jayne Appel, along with analysis of more players and teams, each bracket and players to watch within each bracket;
- Exclusive interview with NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee Chair Jane Meyer;
- Live interviews and reactions from coaches, including Connie Yori of Nebraska, one of only two undefeated teams in the country;
- Opening tease to the show: Darius Rucker’s “History in the Making.”
Selection Monday on ESPN.com
- Expert analysis from Graham Hays and Mechelle Voepel, including their picks on the toughest region, best first-round game, Women’s Final Four and more;
- Predictions and analysis from women’s basketball bracketologist Charlie Creme, who will also take a look ahead at the worst- and best-case scenarios for all 64 teams;
- Live chat at 9:30 p.m. ET with NCAA Div. I Women’s Basketball Committee Chair Jane Meyer.
ESPNU Coaches Spotlight: Women’s Tournament Edition
The three-hour special ESPNU Coaches Spotlight: Women’s Tournament Edition on Tuesday, March 16, at 3 p.m. on ESPNU will attempt to interview 32 coaches and discuss other top stories. Beth Mowins and Cara Capuano will interview the coaches during the show, while Abby Waner will be the in-studio analyst. Lawson and Peck will join the show from Bristol.
Women’s Tournament Challenge on ESPN.com
Sign-up has begun on ESPN.com for the 14th annual ESPN Women’s Tournament Challenge. The Tournament Challenge game is free and allows contestants to submit up to 10 entries. Fans complete and submit a bracket of hypothetical tournament outcomes. Points are awarded for each correct pick, with point values increasing as the Tournament progresses.
The Women’s Tournament Challenge winner will receive 3,000 ESPN Winner’s Circle points, which are redeemable for prizes on the ESPN Winner’s Circle Web site. Entries for the Women’s Tournament Challenge will be accepted until just before tipoff of the first game Saturday, March 20.
All 63 NCAA Championship Games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN360.com & ESPN FULL COURT
For the eighth consecutive year, the ESPN networks will combine to present all 63 games from the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship. During the first two rounds, ESPN and ESPN2 will present the 48 games within 12 telecast windows in a whip-around format with home market protection. ESPN360.com will offer complete game telecasts of all 63 games, while ESPNU will offer select ESPN and ESPN2 early-round games in their entirety. The final 15 games (regional semifinals and beyond) will be televised nationally on ESPN or ESPN2. ESPN FULL COURT, ESPN’s out-of-market, pay-per-view package, will offer complete game telecasts of all 48 games. The complete schedule will be announced at a later date.