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March Madness Schedule: Key Dates for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament

68 NCAAW Teams Will Fight for the Crown Starting on March 20th With the First Four

March Madness Schedule: Key Dates for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament
Caitlin Clark #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes | Greg Fiume/Getty Images/AFP

Let the Madness Begin

If you don’t know who [Caitlin Clark] is, why are you even here?

NCAA women’s basketball will be front and center in only a few weeks as the girls have their own March Madness schedule right along with the boys. Below we review the key dates throughout until the national finals on April 7th.

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Women’s Tournament Schedule

Selection Sunday: March 17th

ESPN will be beaming Selection Sunday live at 8 p.m. ET and my biggest question is, what’s the over/under on the name Caitlin Clark being uttered on that broadcast from start to finish? If you don’t know who that is, why are you even here?

 

First Four: March 20th – 21st

Last year the four teams to survive the First Four were Mississippi State, Tennessee Tech team, St. John’s, and Sacred Heart. No. 11 Mississippi State was the only one of the four to advance beyond the first round with an 81-66 upset of No. 6 Creighton but bowed, 53-48, to No. 3 Notre Dame in the following round.

 

First Round: March 22nd – 23rd

If this year’s tournament is anything like last year’s, then don’t expect many upsets. There were just two games that caused eyebrows to arch when No. 12 Toledo defeated No. 3 Iowa State while another No. 12 seed, FGCU, upended No. 5 Washington State.

 

Second Round: March 24th – 25th

Here we found a few surprising upsets last year as No. 8 Ole Miss knocked off No.1 Stanford while Miami (FLA) edged No. 1 Indiana. That took a few big teams off the big board and busted a March Madness bracket or two…more like two million.

 

Sweet 16: March 29th-30th

No. 9 Miami was the lowest seed left in the tournament at this point and they did not disappoint Hurricanes fans as they continued their Cinderella story with a 70-65 victory over No. 4 Villanova.

 

Elite Eight: March 31st – April 1st

There’s always someone who wants to spoil the fun and that someone was the No.3 seeded LSU Tigers last year as they rained all over Miami’s parade in a 54-42-point blowout. It was a nice ride for the Canes who came up agonizingly short of a Final Four appearance.

 

The Final Four: April 5th

The four teams remaining from last year’s tournament were the following: No. 1 South Carolina (Greenville Regional 1), No. 3 LSU (Greenville Regional 2), No. 1 Virginia Tech (Seattle Regional 3), and No. 2 Iowa (Seattle Regional 4).

 

NCAA Championship Game: April 7th

Caitlin Clark’s Iowa squad went on to defeat top-ranked South Carolina while LSU took care of No. 1 seed Virginia Tech. The match was set and the Hawkeyes were a 1 ½ point neutral site favorite over the upstart LSU Tigers with an over/under of 162 ½.

The total was obliterated as both teams combined for 187 points but it was LSU that made NCAAW news and took home the hardware after a 102-85 victory, sending Caitlin and the Iowa girls home with no trophy, only memories.

 

Top Guns in 2024

If you’re just climbing aboard the women’s basketball hype train it’s probably because you’ve heard about Caitlin Clark making history as the most prolific scorer in women’s college basketball history. The 6-foot point guard broke a school game record with 49 points in a win over Michigan on February 15th and surpassed Washington standout Kelsey Plum’s (2013-2017) 3,527 career points.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that  Clark’s crew is among the favorites at +800 according to the oddsmakers over at BetUS but they are not “the” favorites as that distinction belongs to the uber-chalky South Carolina Gamecocks at +115. We should also note the reigning champs, LSU, are not being overlooked at +800 with U Conn (+1200), Stanford (+1400), and UCLA (+2200) as other notable threats this season.

 

NIT Men’s and Women’s Schedule

I’m not sure who watches these games besides family and friends but this is the basketball tournament equivalent of everyone gets a trophy. Okay, maybe I’m being a bit sarcastic but can anyone name me last year’s NIT winner? It was North Texas as they defeated UAB and nobody but those affiliated with the Mean Green’s men’s basketball program gave two damns.

This year the women will also have an NIT Tournament so, without further ado, let’s give you the schedules for both so you can book your flights!

 

Men’s NIT Schedule

  • March 19-20- First Round
  • March 23-24 – Second Round
  • March 26-27 – Quarterfinals
  • April 2 – Semifinals
  • April 4 – Championship

 

Women’s NIT Schedule

  • March 21 – First Round
  • March 24 – Second Round
  • March 28 – Quarterfinals
  • April 1 – Semifinals
  • April 3 – Championship

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