2021 NCAA women’s tournament: TV schedule, tip times, dates, game previews, scores

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For the 64 teams in the NCAA women’s tournament, it’s finally time to dance. Two years after Baylor edged Notre Dame 82-81 in the 2019 national championship, the tournament is back.

This year’s tournament started off with significant controversy: players and coaches from multiple teams took to social media to highlight the unequal resources provided to the male and female players. Most notable was the discrepancy in the supplies in the two weight rooms, but further inequities included food, COVID tests and even the content of the swag bags.

Oregon’s Sedona Prince has provided some of the most detailed chronicles from San Antonio, including a video of the updated weight room after stars like Sue Bird, A’ja Wilson and Steph Curry weighed in and called for action from the NCAA. Follow On Her Turf for continued updates on this story throughout the tournament.

The first round of the NCAA women’s tournament kicked off Sunday, March 21. This year’s No. 1 seeds — NC State, South Carolina, Stanford and UConn — headline the field as action gets underway from the San Antonio area.

Click here for a full, printable version of the 2021 NCAA women’s tournament bracket

Women’s NCAA Tournament TV Schedule 2021

First Round

Monday, March 22

  • Where: Alamodome, Bill Greehey Arena, Frank Erwin Center, University Events Center, UTSA Convention Center (San Antonio, Austin, San Marcos)
  • Start time: 12 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU

Second Round

Tuesday, March 23

  • Where: Alamodome, Bill Greehey Arena, UTSA Convention Center (San Antonio)
  • Start time: 3 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU

Wednesday, March 24

  • Where: Alamodome, Bill Greehey Arena, UTSA Convention Center (San Antonio)
  • Start time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN2, ESPNU

Sweet 16

Saturday, March 27

  • Where: Alamodome (San Antonio)
  • Start time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ABC, ESPN2

Sunday, March 28

  • Where: Alamodome (San Antonio)
  • Start time: 1 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ABC, ESPN

Elite Eight

Monday, March 29

  • Where: Alamodome (San Antonio)
  • Start time: 7 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN

Tuesday, March 30

  • Where: Alamodome (San Antonio)
  • Start time: 7 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN

Final Four

Friday, April 2

  • Where: Alamodome (San Antonio)
  • Start time: 6 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN

National Championship

Sunday, April 4

  • Where: Alamodome (San Antonio)
  • Start time: 6 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: ESPN

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2021 NCAA Women’s Tournament Scores and Results

First Round Results

Sunday, March 21

(5) Iowa def. (12) Central Michigan 87-72
(7) Virginia Tech def. (10) Marquette 70-63
(8) Oklahoma State def. (9) Wake Forest 84-61
(4) Kentucky def. (13) Idaho State 71-63
(3) Tennessee def. (14) Middle Tennessee 87-62
(6) Michigan def. (11) Florida Gulf Coast 87-66
(1) NC State def. (16) North Carolina A&T 79-58
(2) Baylor def. 15 Jackson 101-52
(5) Georgia Tech def. Stephen F. Austin 54-52
(8) Syracuse def. (9) South Dakota State 72-55
(1) South Carolina def. (16) Mercer 79-53
(8) Oregon State def. (9) Florida State 83-59
(1) UConn def. (16) High Point 102-59
(4) West Virginia def. (13) Lehigh 77-53
(8) South Florida def. (9) Washington State 57-53
(1) Stanford def. (16) Utah Valley 87-44

First Round Schedule

Monday, March 22 – Coverage begins at noon ET on ESPN

(10) North Carolina vs. (7) Alabama
(14) Drexel vs. (3) Georgia
(11) BYU vs. (6) Rutgers
(13) Wright State vs. (4) Arkansas
(14) Stony Brook vs. (3) Arizona
(13) VCU vs. (4) Indiana
(15) Mount St. Mary’s vs. (2) Maryland
(12) Belmont vs. (5) Gonzaga
(10) UCF vs. (7) Northwestern
(10) Michigan State vs. (7) Iowa State
(15) Troy vs. (2) Texas A&M
(12) UC Davis vs. (5) Missouri State
(15) Marist vs. (2) Louisville
(11) Bradley vs. (6) Texas
(14) Wyoming vs. (3) UCLA
(11) South Dakota vs. (6) Oregon

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2021 Women’s NCAA Tournament Bracket

MERCADO REGION

  • (1) NC State vs. (16) North Carolina A&T

The Wolfpack (20-2) hit their stride late in the season but face a difficult test against two-seed Texas A&M if the teams meet the Elite Eight. NC State edged Louisville 58-56 in the ACC championship game, beating the Cardinals for the second time this season after an initial matchup saw the Wolfpack knock off then-No. 1 Louisville in early February. The Wolfpack have the pieces to be a title contender — but so does their region’s second-ranked team.

  • (8) South Florida vs. (9) Washington State
  • (5) Gonzaga vs. (12) Belmont
  • (4) Indiana vs. (13) VCU
  • (6) Rutgers vs. (11) BYU
  • (3) Arizona vs. (14) Stony Brook
  • (7) Iowa State vs. (10) Michigan State
  • (2) Texas A&M vs. (15) Troy

HEMISFAIR REGION

  • (1) South Carolina vs. (16) Mercer

Dawn Staley’s Gamecocks (22-4) knocked off both Tennessee and Georgia 67-52 en route to an SEC championship, but they struggled against highly ranked opponents this season. South Carolina dropped contests to one-seeds NC State (54-46) and UConn (63-59 OT), as well as two-seed Texas A&M (65-57). Their first player off the bench, LeLe Grissett, will miss the whole tournament due to a lower leg injury suffered during the SEC championship game.

  • (8) Oregon State vs. (9) Florida State
  • (5) Georgia Tech vs. (12) Stephen F. Austin
  • (4) West Virginia vs. (13) Lehigh
  • (6) Texas vs. (11) Bradley
  • (3) UCLA vs. (14) Wyoming
  • (7) Alabama vs. (10) North Carolina
  • (2) Maryland vs. (15) Mount St. Mary’s

ALAMO REGION

  • (1) Stanford vs. (16) Utah Valley

Stanford (25-2) hasn’t lost a game since late January, when the Cardinal dropped their only two losses of the season in back-to-back matchups against Colorado and UCLA. Since then, Stanford has dominated the Pac-12, rolling through the conference tournament to beat UCLA 75-55 in the championship. That strong defensive performance is a hallmark of this Stanford team; the Cardinal have held opponents to an average of 52.7 points per game.

  • (8) Oklahoma State vs. (9) Wake Forest
  • (5) Missouri State vs. (12) UC Davis
  • (4) Arkansas vs. (13) Wright State
  • (6) Oregon vs. (11) South Dakota
  • (3) Georgia vs. (14) Drexel
  • (7) Northwestern vs. (10) UCF
  • (2) Louisville vs. (15) Marist

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RIVER WALK REGION

  • (1) UConn vs. (16) High Point

The Huskies (24-1) will be without coach Geno Auriemma for the first two rounds of the NCAA women’s tournament after he tested positive for COVID-19. Freshman standout Paige Bueckers leads the Huskies in points per game (19.7) and assists per game (6.1) — and will now look to lead them to the Final Four. But as the Huskies seek their 13th consecutive Final Four appearance, a prospective Elite Eight matchup with Baylor looms on the bracket.

  • (8) Syracuse vs. (9) South Dakota State
  • (5) Iowa vs. (12) Central Michigan
  • (4) Kentucky vs. (13) Idaho State
  • (6) Michigan vs. (11) Florida Gulf Coast
  • (3) Tennessee vs. (14) Middle Tennessee
  • (7) Virginia Tech vs. (10) Marquette
  • (2) Baylor vs. (15) Jackson State

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Peacock Classic 2022: How to watch Gonzaga vs. Baylor, live stream info and game preview

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Two of men’s college basketball’s elite programs are set to face off when the No. 6 Baylor Bears and No. 14 Gonzaga Bulldogs play in the inaugural “Peacock Classic” Friday night. The game marks a rematch of the highly-anticipated 2021 NCAA National Championship Game, and the Zags will certainly look to get some revenge after Baylor ended their bid at an undefeated season.

The two programs boast two of the best coaches in the country, with Scott Drew of Baylor and Mark Few of Gonzaga working the sidelines. The “Peacock Classic” also marks a crucial point in the development of name, image and likeness deals at the collegiate level. Read on to learn everything you need to know ahead of the event.


How to watch the 2022 “Peacock Classic”

Only those with a $4.99/month Peacock Premium plan can stream the event. Sign up here or, if you have a free account, upgrade to Premium by going to your account settings.


A new world of NIL opportunities

For the first time, college athletes will be able to earn money by promoting a game in which they are playing.

Eligible players for both Baylor and Gonzaga can opt-in through NBC Sports Athlete Direct – a NIL community connecting student-athletes, advertisers and fans – and promote the game’s sponsors on their personal social media channels.

All participating players will be paid the same rate for their involvement.


Rematch of 2021 NCAA National Championship Game and series history

Baylor’s 86-70 victory over Gonzaga in the 2021 championship game marked the Bears’ first-ever NCAA men’s basketball title. The game carried added stakes since the Bulldogs entered it with a 31-0 record – the first team to make the championship game without a loss since Larry Bird’s Indiana State Sycamores in 1979.

That matchup was a rightful bout between the two behemoths of that season – it was the first championship game that featured the tournament’s top two overall seeds since North Carolina beat Illinois in 2005. Baylor jumped all over Gonzaga in the early going, playing an aggressive style that prevented the Bulldogs from getting into their fluid offense and opened up its own attack for 3-pointers. Gonzaga was a -4.5-point favorite but never led in the game.

Gonzaga leads the all-time series between the teams 5-1, having won all their matchups with Baylor before the championship game. The previous meeting before 2021 saw Gonzaga eliminate Baylor from the 2019 NCAA tournament in the second round by a score of 83-71.


How Baylor and Gonzaga match up with each other

Both teams have been tested multiple times early in their seasons. Gonzaga (5-2) has defeated two teams currently ranked – No. 20 Michigan State and No. 19 Kentucky – but lost to No. 2 Texas and No. 5 Purdue. The Zags last played on Sunday, when they outlasted Xavier 88-84 to secure third place in the Phil Knight Legacy men’s tournament.

Baylor (5-2) has had it slightly easier but has still had to deal with talented teams; they lost to No. 3 Virginia and defeated No. 21 UCLA in back-to-back games earlier this month. They’re coming off a surprising 96-70 loss to Marquette in Wisconsin Tuesday night as part of the Big East-Big 12 Battle.

Gonzaga will face a tough task in trying to slow down Baylor’s offense, whose 88.1 points per game ranks ninth in the country.

The Bears are paced by a duo of strong guards. LJ Cryer leads the team at 17.9 points per game, and Adam Flagler is not far behind at 16.9 points per contest while averaging 6.9 assists.

Baylor also boasts the services of freshman Keyonte George, another talented guard who could be a lottery pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.

Naismith Player of the Year Award candidate Drew Timme leads the way for the Zags, averaging 20.3 points and 7.7 rebounds. He’s flanked by Julian Strawther, who’s putting up 14.8 points and 8.8 rebounds per night.

Timme and Strawther are two of the six Gonzaga players left over from the 2021 finalist team, so vengeance will be top of mind. Baylor also has six holdovers from that championship matchup, including Cryer and Flagler.

With both teams ranked and looking to prove themselves early in the season, Friday will be a statement game – in more ways than one.

NIL and NCAA: What to know about the new policy and how NBC Sports can help

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As of July 1, 2021, a new NCAA policy has been in effect allowing student-athletes from all three divisions to monetize their name, image, and likeness (often referred to as NIL). As long as the activities are “consistent with the law of the state where the school is located,” athletes now have the opportunity to accept endorsements from brands, monetize their social media presences, and work with professional firms to coordinate deals.

Click here for additional information and guidelines regarding NCAA NIL policies and keep reading to find answers to questions such as how NIL works as well as how NBC Sports can help.

What is NIL and NBC Sports Athlete Direct?

NBC Sports Athlete Direct is coming to a school near you. The program enables college student-athletes to earn money from their name, image, and likeness (NIL) through a unique marketplace that connects athletes with advertisers. NBC Sports Athlete Direct will work to provide equal opportunities to all student-athletes, regardless of which team you play on or any statistical performance.

How will the NIL Marketplace work?

Advertisers will use NBC Sports Athlete Direct to make NIL offers available to college student-athletes. College student-athletes will then have the option to participate in the NIL offer. Those who decide to participate and complete the advertiser’s campaign requirements will be compensated based on a predetermined rate.

How much money can athletes make participating in NBC Sports Athlete Direct?

Compensation will vary by advertiser campaign.

When will NBC Sports Athlete Direct launch and how can I sign up?

NBC Sports Athlete Direct will officially launch in the Fall of 2022 but prior to that, we will be launching a pilot program soon, exclusively for Temple and Vanderbilt student-athletes.

In the meantime, click here to fill out a student-athlete interest form and once it is available at your school, we will notify you and provide you with additional information on how to sign up.

If I participate in NIL offers from NBC Sports Athlete Direct, do I still have the freedom to do other NIL deals that are not related to NBC Sports Athlete Direct?

Yes, this program is non-exclusive so our student-athletes will have the freedom to participate in other NIL deals that are not related to NBC Sports Athlete Direct.

What are the rules or restrictions for participating in this program?

Unfortunately, international students and students under the age of 18 are not eligible to participate in the pilot program at this time.