The first of three NCAA Division I women’s basketball committee top-16 reveals is slated for Thursday at halftime of the Tennessee at Notre Dame game that tips off at 6 p.m. on ESPN. These announcements include the top 16 women’s basketball teams in seed order, in addition to the top four teams assigned to their potential regional site as of that date.
The top-16 announcements, according to NCAA.com, will have no bearing on the final 64-team field for the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship that will be announced on Selection Monday on March 12.
“The committee continues to support the early reveal of our top 16 seeds as a way to build conversation around women’s basketball and to raise awareness and momentum for the coming championship,” said Rhonda Lundin Bennett, chair of the Division I Women’s Basketball Committee and senior associate athletics director and senior woman administrator at the University of Nevada, in a statement.
The other two top-16 reveals will take place on Feb. 1 during halftime of the UConn-South Carolina game on ESPN (6 p.m.) and Feb. 19, during ESPN2’s Big Monday/Play4Kay tripleheader that includes Florida State at Duke (5 p.m.), Baylor at Texas (7 p.m.) and UCLA at Oregon (9 p.m.).
The final reveal on Feb. 19 will include identification with potential regional assignments for all 16 teams.
The first- and second rounds of the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship will be played March 16-19 on the home courts of the top 16 seeds. Regionals will take place March 23-26, with Kansas City (Sprint Center) and Lexington, Ky. (Rupp Arena) hosting on March 23 and 25, while Albany, N.Y. (Times Union Center) and Spokane, Wash. (Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena) host on March 24 and 26.
The 2018 Women’s Final Four will be held March 30 and April 1 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.