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, reaching this point feels like a mission accomplished, even if the trip was unlike any other.
The NCAA tournament will look different too. The entire tournament will be played on a single goal – the San Antonio region – with multiple venues, limited fans and a adjusted schedule. The Women’s Final Four will take place on April 2nd and 4th at the Alamodome. The path to the Lone Star State begins with the selection on Monday March 15th. On the way and as automatic bids are won, we will continue to update bracketology and the planned tournament field.
Notre Dame and North Carolina were the big brackets winners Thursday night after getting excited. The Irish took to the field after defeating the state of Florida. The Tar Heels dominated Georgia Tech for their fourth win in five games, jumping to the top of the Last Four In. UCF fell out of the field, falling victim to the rise of Notre Dame. Another ACC team, Wake Forest, fell in Miami, losing a chance to be included in this update, and hurting their chances on the road. The ACC and SEC now each have eight teams in the field.
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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