ESPN’s Coverage of NCAA Women’s Basketball Tips Off Monday, November 14

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ESPN’s Coverage of NCAA Women’s Basketball Tips Off Monday, November 14

Exclusive Home of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship presented by Capital One

ESPN will carry 140 women’s basketball matchups across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Longhorn Network and SEC Network during the 2016-2017 regular season, culminating with the 30th anniversary of ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.

The addition of ESPN3, SEC Network+ and ACC Network Extra exclusive games will be included in future releases, resulting in a record number of games.

This season’s schedule opens on Monday, Nov. 14, with four-time defending champion UConn at Florida State as part of the annual Tip-Off Marathon (6 p.m. ET, ESPN2). Following that game, Stanford takes on Texas as marathon coverage continues. Every team on espnW’s way-too-early preseason top 25 rankings will play on one of ESPN’s networks throughout the season.

Highlights

  • ESPN – features defending champion UConn in two Sunday matchups, facing LSU as part of Feast Week presented by Lowe’s, and Texas in the Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona and hosted by the Basketball Hall of Fame
  • ESPN2 – will air a total of 43 games, with two netflex options in January and February; also serves as the home of Big Monday
  • ESPNU – coverage will feature 22 women’s basketball matchups, including a Sunday slate of We Back Pat games on Sunday, Jan. 22
  • Longhorn Network – the 24-hour network devoted to the University of Texas will see 11 home matchups, including Big-12 conference play
  • SEC Network – more than 70 games on ESPN’s network dedicated to the Southeastern Conference, highlighted by key in-conference matchups, as well as early rounds of the SEC Tournament

Franchise Programming

  • Tip-Off Marathon four top-15 teams will face off to begin the marathon coverage: UConn will play Florida State at 6 p.m., followed by Texas at Stanford at 8 p.m., both on ESPN2.
  • Big Monday – beginning January 16, the 11th season of the seven-week series on ESPN2 will feature 13 of the top-15 teams in the espnW poll: No. 1 Notre Dame, No. 2 Louisville, No. 3 South Carolina, No. 4 UConn, No. 5 Baylor, No. 6 Texas, No. 7 Maryland, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 9 UCLA, No. 10 Stanford, No. 11 Tennessee, No. 12 Mississippi State and No. 15 Florida State.
  • Feast Week presented by Lowe’sfeatures two matchups among top-ranked programs: UConn at LSU on Sunday, Nov. 20 (5:30 p.m., ESPN) and South Carolina at Louisville on Sunday, Nov. 27 (1 p.m., ESPN2).
  • Holiday Hoops presented by Zales – includes DePaul at Temple on Thursday, Dec. 15 (9 p.m., ESPNU) and UCLA at South Carolina on Sunday, Dec. 18 (2 p.m., ESPN2).
  • Rivalry Week presented by Wendy’s –begins with a Big Monday doubleheader on February 6 featuring ACC opponents Louisville at Notre Dame at 7 p.m., followed by Pac-12 rivals UCLA at Stanford at 9 p.m. The week will conclude on Sunday, Feb. 12, with five games across ESPN2 and ESPNU.

Events/Tournaments

  • SEC/Big 12 Challenge – on ESPN2, two teams from each conference will face off: Texas will host South Carolina on Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., and Baylor will visit Tennessee on Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m.
  • Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona and hosted by the Basketball Hall of Fame – in its 15th year, the annual event will feature UConn vs. Texas on Sunday, Dec. 4 (4 p.m., ESPN) from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. While both teams have faced each other in regular- and post-season action, this will be their first matchup as part of this event. UConn is 7-0 all-time against Texas, including four wins in the NCAA Women’s Championship. Texas is appearing for the second time, while UConn is making its sixth consecutive appearance in the Jimmy V Women’s Classic.
  • We Back Pat – the SEC’s “We Back Pat” initiative honoring the late Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt will expand to one week – kicking off with a Big Monday matchup of Notre Dame and Tennessee in Knoxville (Jan. 16, TIME), including five games on Sunday, Jan. 22 (ESPN2 and ESPNU), and concluding with a matchup between Mississippi State and South Carolina on Monday, January 23 (7 p.m., ESPN2) also part of Big Monday.
  • Play 4Kay – ESPN’s annual Play 4Kay – highlighting the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) – will air multiple games across ESPN2 and ESPNU on Sunday, Feb. 19. Two top-10 matchups – No. 7 Maryland at No. 8 Ohio State and No. 5 Baylor at No. No. 6 Texas – airs February 20, as part of Big Monday.

ESPN: Home of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship presented by Capital One

This year marks the 30th anniversary of ESPN’s coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. Beginning Friday, March 17, every round of the championship will be carried on ESPN or ESPN2. The Women’s Final Four will be live from American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, on Friday, March 31 and Sunday, April 2. Details and a complete schedule will be available at a later date.

espnW

  • A comprehensive two-week season preview October 31-November 11 will include a preseason top-25 poll, preseason All-America teams, preseason Bracketology and a ranking of the top 25 players in the nation.
  • Writers Mechelle Voepel, Graham Hays and Charlie Creme, as well as analyst Rebecca Lobo, will write in-depth profiles of some of the nation’s top teams, players and coaches throughout the season.
  • Prior to each Big Monday game, espnW.com will offer an updated Bracketology segment from Creme and a game preview for that night’s matchup, as well as postgame coverage with video analysis.
  • For the fifth consecutive season, espnW will name a national player of the week each Monday.

ESPN The Magazine
A variety of topics in the Big & Tall issue relating to college basketball – available on newsstands beginning Friday, Nov. 18. Featured content includes:

  • Men’s and Women’s Top 25 Power Rankings
  • The return of the true center: After Brittany Griner graduated, there was a dearth of true bigs in the women’s game. Then along came Elena Coates (6’4). In a time of hybrid post players, the South Carolina senior has the skills and technique of an old-school center. That will pay off handsomely in the WNBA, which could make her the No. 1 pick next year. For now, with Coates in tandem with likely preseason player of the year A’ja Wilson, the Gamecocks’ front court is going to make them tough to beat.

Content will also live throughout the year on SportsCenter, espnW, ESPN Radio and many more ESPN properties.

The regular-season will culminate with ESPN’s Champ Week presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods conference tournament coverage March 3-12.

All games aired on an ESPN network will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

2016-2017 NCAA Div. I Women’s Basketball Schedule (Subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Mon, Nov 14 6 p.m. College Hoops Tip-off Marathon: UConn at Florida State ESPN2
  8 p.m. College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon: Texas at Stanford ESPN2
Wed, Nov 16 Noon Houston Baptist at Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Nov 20 5:30 p.m. Feast Week presented by Lowe’s: UConn at LSU ESPN
  6 p.m. Texas at Mississippi State SEC Network
Wed, Nov 23 8 p.m. Northwestern State at Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Nov 27 1 p.m. Feast Week presented by Lowe’s:  South Carolina at Louisville ESPN2
2 p.m. Indiana at Auburn SEC Network
Thu, Dec 1 7 p.m. Oklahoma at Kentucky SEC Network
SEC/Big 12 Challenge: South Carolina at Texas ESPN2
Sat, Dec 3 4 p.m. Texas Tech at Arkansas SEC Network
Sun, Dec 4 Noon Kansas at Alabama SEC Network
2 p.m. TCU at LSU SEC Network
  3 p.m. SEC/Big 12 Challenge: Baylor at Tennessee ESPN2
  4 p.m. Jimmy V Women’s Classic presented by Corona and hosted by the Basketball Hall of Fame: UConn vs. Texas

(Uncasville, Conn.)

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Wed, Dec 7 7 p.m. UConn at Notre Dame ESPN2
Sun, Dec 11 1 p.m. Arizona State at Kentucky SEC Network
3 p.m. Minnesota at South Carolina SEC Network
Thu, Dec 15 7 p.m. Clemson at South Carolina SEC Network
  8 p.m. UT Rio Grande Valley at Texas Longhorn Network
  9 p.m. Holiday Hoops presented by Zales: DePaul at Temple ESPNU
Sat, Dec 17 6 p.m. Texas-San Antonio at Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Dec 18 2 p.m. Holiday Hoops presented by Zales: UCLA at South Carolina ESPN2
3 p.m. Stanford at Tennessee SEC Network
  5 p.m. Virginia Tech at Auburn SEC Network
Mon, Dec 19 7 p.m. Virginia at Georgia SEC Network
Tue, Dec 20 8 p.m. New Orleans at Texas Longhorn Network
Wed, Dec 28 5 p.m. Vanderbilt at Memphis ESPNU
Thu, Dec 29 6 p.m. UConn at Maryland ESPN2
8 p.m. Texas Tech at Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Jan 1 1 p.m. Georgia at Missouri SEC Network
  2 p.m. Alabama at South Carolina ESPN2
  3 p.m. LSU at Mississippi State SEC Network
  4 p.m. Kentucky at Tennessee ESPN2
  4:30 p.m. Tulsa at Houston ESPNU
  5 p.m. Arkansas at Ole Miss SEC Network
  6 p.m. Temple at Memphis ESPN2
Mon, Jan 2 7 p.m. Louisville at Duke ESPNU
Vanderbilt at Texas A&M SEC Network
Thu, Jan 5 5 p.m. UT Martin at Belmont ESPNU
  7 p.m. Missouri at Kentucky SEC Network
  9 p.m. Tennessee at Vanderbilt SEC Network
Sat, Jan 7 7 p.m. TCU at Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Jan 8 Noon Vanderbilt at Georgia SEC Network
  South Carolina at Florida ESPNU
1 p.m. Tulane at Temple ESPN2
  2 p.m. Kansas at Iowa State ESPNU
  Texas A&M at Kentucky SEC Network
  3 p.m. Notre Dame at Miami or Duke at Florida State ESPN2 or ESPN3
  4 p.m. Ole Miss at Auburn SEC Network
  5 p.m. UCLA at Washington ESPN2
Tue, Jan 10 8 p.m. Oklahoma State at Texas Longhorn Network
Thu, Jan 12 7 p.m. Georgia at South Carolina SEC Network
9 p.m. Florida at Mississippi State SEC Network
Sun, Jan 15 Noon Dayton at Saint Louis ESPNU
1 p.m. Texas A&M at Florida SEC Network
  1:30 p.m. Miami at Louisville ESPN2
  2 p.m. Baylor at Kansas ESPNU
  3 p.m. Georgia at Kentucky SEC Network
  3:30 p.m. Ohio State at Purdue ESPN2
  5 p.m. Arkansas at Alabama SEC Network
Mon, Jan 16 7 p.m. We Back Pat as part of Big Monday: Notre Dame at Tennessee ESPN2
Ole Miss at Mississippi State SEC Network
Thu, Jan 19 7 p.m. Ole Miss at South Carolina SEC Network
9 p.m. Texas A&M at Missouri SEC Network
Sun, Jan 22 Noon We Back Pat: North Carolina at Notre Dame ESPNU
  1 p.m. We Back Pat: Tulane at UConn ESPN2
Florida at Georgia SEC Network
  2 p.m. We Back Pat: Louisville at USF ESPNU
  3 p.m. We Back Pat: Rutgers at Maryland ESPN2
  Kentucky at Auburn SEC Network
  5 p.m. We Back Pat: Vanderbilt at Tennessee ESPN2
  LSU at Texas A&M SEC Network
Mon, Jan 23 7 p.m. We Back Pat as part of Big Monday: Mississippi State at South Carolina ESPN2
Missouri at Arkansas SEC Network
Thu, Jan 26 7 p.m. South Carolina at Georgia SEC Network
9 p.m. Alabama at Vanderbilt SEC Network
Sun, Jan 29 Noon Virginia at Notre Dame ESPNU
  2 p.m. Iowa at Maryland ESPN2
  Oregon at Oregon State ESPNU
Arkansas at LSU SEC Network
  4 p.m. Texas A&M at Mississippi State SEC Network
  6 p.m. Oklahoma at Baylor ESPN2
  Auburn at Alabama SEC Network
Mon, Jan 30 6 p.m. Big Monday: Tennessee at South Carolina ESPN2
7 p.m. Kentucky at Missouri SEC Network
Thu, Feb 2 7 p.m. South Carolina at Kentucky SEC Network
9 p.m. Mississippi State at Auburn SEC Network
Sat, Feb 4 8 p.m. Kansas State at Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Feb 5 Noon Maryland at Indiana ESPN2
  Vanderbilt at Kentucky SEC Network
2 p.m. Auburn at Texas A&M SEC Network
  South Carolina at Arkansas ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. Missouri at Mississippi State ESPNU
  4 p.m. Alabama at LSU SEC Network
  Tennessee at Georgia ESPN2
  6:30 p.m. USF at Memphis ESPNU
Mon, Feb 6 7 p.m. Big Monday as part of Rivalry Week: Louisville at Notre Dame ESPN2
Ole Miss at Florida SEC Network
9 p.m. Big Monday as part of Rivalry Week: UCLA at Stanford ESPN2
Thu, Feb 9 7 p.m. Missouri at Tennessee SEC Network
  9 p.m. Vanderbilt at Mississippi State SEC Network
Sat, Feb 11 2:30 p.m. Kansas at Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Feb 12 Noon Rivalry Week presented by Wendy’s: Tulane at USF ESPN2
  Rivalry Week presented by Wendy’s: Dayton at George Washington ESPNU
2 p.m. Florida at Alabama SEC Network
  Rivalry Week presented by Wendy’s: Maryland at Michigan State ESPN2
  Rivalry Week presented by Wendy’s: Texas A&M at Tennessee ESPNU
  4 p.m. Mississippi State at Ole Miss SEC Network
  Rivalry Week presented by Wendy’s: Baylor at TCU ESPN2
  6 p.m. Arkansas at Missouri SEC Network
Mon, Feb 13 7 p.m. Big Monday: Texas at Florida State ESPN2
LSU at Vanderbilt SEC Network
  9 p.m. Big Monday: South Carolina at UConn ESPN2
Thu, Feb 16 7 p.m. Vanderbilt at South Carolina SEC Network
9 p.m. Auburn at Ole Miss SEC Network
Fri, Feb 17 5 p.m. Iona at Quinnipiac ESPNU
Sun, Feb 19 Noon Play 4Kay: North Carolina at Louisville ESPNU
1 p.m. Florida at Kentucky SEC Network
  Play 4Kay: Temple at USF ESPN2
  2 p.m. Play 4Kay: Wake Forest at NC State ESPNU
  3 p.m. Arkansas at Tennessee SEC Network
  Play 4Kay: South Carolina at Missouri ESPN2
  5 p.m. Mississippi State at Texas A&M SEC Network
  Play 4Kay: Notre Dame at Syracuse ESPN2
Mon, Feb 20 7 p.m. Play 4Kay as part of Big Monday: Maryland at Ohio State ESPN2
Alabama at Auburn SEC Network
  9 p.m. Play 4Kay as part of Big Monday: Baylor at Texas ESPN2
Thu, Feb 23 7 p.m. Tennessee at Florida SEC Network
9 p.m. South Carolina at Texas A&M SEC Network
Fri, Feb 24 8:30 p.m. Iowa State at Texas Longhorn Network
Sun, Feb 26 Noon Georgia at Florida ESPNU
1 p.m. Vanderbilt at LSU SEC Network
  Florida State at Notre Dame ESPN2
  3 p.m. Auburn at Arkansas SEC Network
  Ohio State at Rutgers ESPN2
  5 p.m. Texas A&M at Ole Miss SEC Network
  Kentucky at South Carolina or Tennessee at Mississippi State ESPN2 or ESPNU*
Mon, Feb 27 7 p.m. Big Monday: UConn at USF ESPN2

* will air at 2 p.m. ET if game is on ESPNU

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