2023 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament

The 2023 NCAA Division I women's basketball tournament will be a single-elimination tournament of 68 teams to determine the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college basketball national champion for the 2022–23 NCAA Division I women's basketball season. The 41st edition of the tournament will begin in March 2023, and conclude with the championship game on April 2 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

2023 NCAA Division I
women's basketball tournament
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Season2022–23
Teams68
Finals siteAmerican Airlines Center
Dallas, Texas
NCAA Division I women's tournaments
«2022 2024»

Tournament procedureEdit

A total of 68 teams will participate in the 2023 tournament, consisting of the 32 conference champions, and 36 "at-large" bids to be extended by the NCAA Selection Committee. The last four at-large teams and teams seeded 65 through 68 overall will compete in First Four games, whose winners will advance to the 64-team first round.[1]

2023 NCAA tournament schedule and venuesEdit

The first two rounds, also referred to as the subregionals, will be played at the sites of the top 16 seeds, as was done from 2016 to 2019.

A dramatic change from past tournaments is that the regional rounds (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight) will be held at two sites, instead of the four used in past tournaments. Two regionals will be held in Greenville, South Carolina and the other two will be held in Seattle. Specific regional names will be announced by the NCAA committee on or before selections are announced on March 12, 2023.

First Four

  • Four of the campuses seeded in the Top 16.

Subregionals (first and second rounds)

  • To be determined

Regional semifinals and finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight)

National semifinals and championship (Final Four and championship)

This is the second time the women's Final Four will be played in Dallas (previously, in 2017).[2]

Media coverageEdit

TelevisionEdit

ESPN will serve as exclusive broadcaster of the tournament; it will be the second-last year of its current contract to air NCAA tournaments, which lasts through the 2023–24 season.[3] On August 23, 2022, ESPN announced that the national championship game would be broadcast by ABC for the first time, with an afternoon scheduling.[4]

RadioEdit

Westwood One will serve as radio broadcaster of the tournament.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Expansion of 2022 DI women's basketball tournament to 68 teams approved". ncaa.com. 2018-11-17. Retrieved 2021-11-17.
  2. ^ "Women's Final Four: Future dates & sites". www.ncaa.com. Retrieved 2020-03-10.
  3. ^ "ESPN acquires NCAA rights for US$500 million". SportsPro Media. April 2, 2012. Retrieved 2021-04-06.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "NCAA women's title game to air on ABC in 2023". Associated Press. 2022-08-23. Retrieved 2022-08-24 – via ESPN.com.

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