NCAA Women’s Basketball Conference Championships 2024: Everything You Need to Know

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NCAA Women’s Basketball Conference Championships 2024, As the calendar pages turn and March approaches, a palpable buzz begins to envelop fans of college basketball across the nation. This year, the journey to the championship begins in earnest with Selection Sunday, slated for March 17, 2024, at 8 p.m. On this day, the air will be thick with anticipation as teams and fans alike gather around screens, big and small, to witness the unveiling of the tournament teams. ET and broadcast on ESPN. The tournament will feature 68 teams, with 32 receiving automatic bids by winning their respective conference tournaments and the remaining 36 being selected as at-large bids.

NCAA Women’s Basketball Conference Championships Schedule is as follows:

  • First Four: March 20-21
  • First round: March 22-23
  • Second round: March 24-25
  • Sweet 16: March 29-30
  • Elite Eight: March 31-April 1
  • Final Four: April 5
  • America East: Quarterfinals on March 8, Semifinals on March 11, and the Championship on March 15 at 5 p.m. E.T. on ESPNU. The higher seed hosts games.
  • American Athletic: First round on March 9. The location is Fort Worth, TX.
  • Atlantic 10: First round on March 6, Second round on March 7, Quarterfinals on March 8, Semifinals on March 9, and the Championship on March 10 at 4 p.m. E.T. on ESPN2. The tournament is held in Henrico, VA.
  • ACC: First round on March 6, Second round on March 7, Quarterfinals on March 8, Semifinals on March 9, and the Championship on March 10 at 1 p.m. E.T. on ESPN or ESPN2. The location is Greensboro, NC.
  • ASUN: First round on March 8, Quarterfinals on March 9, Semifinals on March 12, and the Championship on March 16 on ESPN+. The higher seed hosts games.
  • Big 12: First round on March 7. The location is Kansas City, MO.
  • Big East: First round on March 8, Quarterfinals on March 9, Semifinals on March 10, and the Championship on March 12 at 7 p.m. E.T. on FS1. The tournament is held in Uncasville, CT.
  • Big Sky: First round on March 9, Second round on March 10, Quarterfinals on March 11, Semifinals on March 12, and the Championship on March 13 at 5 p.m. E.T. on ESPNU. The location is Boise, ID.
  • Big South: First round on March 6, Quarterfinals on March 7, Semifinals on March 9, and the Championship on March 10 at 6 p.m. E.T. on ESPNU. The tournament is held in High Point, NC.
  • Big Ten: First round on March 6, Second round on March 7, Quarterfinals on March 8, Semifinals on March 9, and the Championship on March 10 at noon E.T. on CBS. The location is Chicago, IL.
  • Big West: First round on March 13, Quarterfinals on March 14, Semifinals on March 15, and the Championship on March 16 at 9 p.m. E.T. The tournament is held in Henderson, NV.
  • CAA: First round on March 13, Second round on March 14, Quarterfinals on March 15, Semifinals on March 16, and the Championship on March 17 at 2 p.m. E.T. on CBSSN. The location is Washington, D.C.
  • Conference USA: First round on March 12, Quarterfinals on March 13-14, Semifinals on March 15, and the Championship on March 16 at 4:30 p.m. E.T. on CBSSN. The tournament is held in Huntsville, AL.
  • Horizon League: First round on March 5 (campus sites), Quarterfinals on March 7 (campus sites), Semifinals on March 11, and the Championship on March noon E.T. on ESPNU. The semifinals onwards are held in Indianapolis, IN.
  • Ivy League: Semifinals on March 15 and the Championship on March 16 at 5 p.m. E.T. on ESPN NEWS. The location is New York, NY.
  • MAAC: First round on March 12, Quarterfinals on March 13 and 14, Semifinals on March 15, and the Championship on March 16 at 3:30 p.m. E.T. on ESPNU. The tournament is held in Atlantic City, NJ.
  • MAC: Quarterfinals on March 13, Semifinals on March 15, and the Championship on March 16 at 11 a.m. E.T. on CBSSN. The location is Cleveland, OH.
  • MEAC: Quarterfinals on March 13 and 14, Semifinals on March 15, and the Championship on March 16. The tournament is held in Norfolk, VA.
  • Missouri Valley: First round on March 14, Quarterfinals on March 15, Semifinals on March 16, and the Championship on March 17 on ESPNU. The location is Moline, IL.
  • Mountain West: First round on March 10, Quarterfinals on March 11, Semifinals on March 12, and the Championship on March 13 at 10:30 p.m. E.T. The tournament is held in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Northeast: The higher seed hosts quarterfinals on March 11, Semifinals on March 14, and the Championship on March 17 at noon E.T. Games.
  • Ohio Valley: First round on March 6, Quarterfinals on March 7, Semifinals on March 8, and the Championship on March 9 at 3 p.m. E.T. on ESPN+. The location is Evansville, IN.
  • Pac-12: First round on March 6, Quarterfinals on March 7, Semifinals on March 8, and the Championship on March 10 at 5 p.m. E.T. on ESPN. The tournament is held in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Patriot League: First round on March 9, Quarterfinals on March 11, Semifinals on March 14, and the Championship on March 17 at noon E.T. on CBSSN. The higher seed hosts games.
  • SEC: First round on March 6, Second round on March 7, Quarterfinals on March 8, Semifinals on March 9, and the Championship on March 10 at 3 p.m. E.T. on ESPN. The tournament is held in Greenville, SC.
  • Southern: Quarterfinals on March 7, Semifinals on March 8, and the Championship on March 10 at noon E.T. on ESPNU. The tournament is held in Asheville, NC.
  • Southland: First round on March 11, Quarterfinals on March 12, Semifinals on March 13, and the Championship on March 14. The location is Lake Charles, LA.

The Final Four and championship game will be hosted at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. The Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight regional rounds will be held at two sites: the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, and the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.

NCAA Women’s Basketball Conference Championships 2024 Details

The 2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball Conference Championships are the tournaments held by each NCAA conference to determine their respective champions, who will receive automatic bids to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. The conference tournaments are held at various locations and times leading up to the NCAA tournament.

Here is a summary of some of the conference tournament details:

  • ACC Tournament: Held in Greensboro, North Carolina, from March 6-10, with the championship game on March 10 at 1 p.m. ET.
  • Big Ten Tournament: Took place in Minneapolis, Minnesota, from March 6-10, with the championship game on March 10 at noon ET.
  • Pac-12 Tournament: Located in Las Vegas, Nevada, from March 6-10, with the championship game on March 10 at 5 p.m. ET.
  • SEC Tournament: Conducted in Greenville, South Carolina, from March 6-10, with the championship game on March 10 at 3 p.m. ET.
  • Ohio Valley Conference: UT Martin won the automatic bid despite losing to Southern Indiana in the championship game. Southern Indiana is ineligible for the NCAA tournament during their transition to Division I.

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What is the Schedule for the 2024 NCAA women’s basketball tournament?

The 2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament schedule is as follows: 

Selection Sunday: March 17, 2024, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. This is when the 68 participating teams will be announced.

  • First Four: March 20-21, 2024. The last four at-large teams and the four lowest-seeded automatic qualifiers will compete in these games. The top 16 seeds will host these games.
  • First Round: March 22-23, 2024. The top 16 seeds will host the first and second rounds.
  • Second Round: March 24-25, 2024. The top 16 seeds will host.
  • Sweet 16: March 29-30, 2024. The regional semifinals will be held at two sites: Times Union Center in Albany, New York, and Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
  • Elite Eight: March 31-April 1, 2024. The regional finals will occur at the same locations as the Sweet 16.
  • Final Four: April 5, 2024. The national semifinals will be held at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • National Championship: April 7, 2024, at 3 p.m. ET. The championship game will also take place at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio, and will be broadcast on ABC.

What is the format of the 2024 NCAA women’s basketball tournament?

The format of the 2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament is a single-elimination tournament involving 68 teams. 

Here are the key elements of the Tournament Format:

  • 68 Teams: The tournament will include 68 teams for the third consecutive year, matching the men’s tournament field size.
  • First Four: The tournament begins with the First Four, which includes the last four at-large teams and the four lowest-seeded automatic qualifiers. These games are played before the first round and are hosted by the top 16 seeds.
  • Hosting: The top 16 seeds will host the first and second rounds and the First Four games.
  • Regional Semifinals and Finals: The Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds, also known as the regional semifinals and finals, will be held at two sites, with eight teams competing at each location. This is a continuation of the format introduced in 2023. The two regional sites for 2024 are the Times Union Center in Albany, New York, and the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon.
  • Final Four: The national semifinals and championship game, the Final Four and Championship, will take place at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio.

Which teams are expected to compete in the 2024 NCAA women’s basketball tournament

Specific teams expected to compete in the 2024 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament have yet to be finalized since the tournament’s selection process is scheduled for Selection Sunday on March 17, 2024. This event will reveal the 68 teams participating in the tournament, including automatic qualifiers from conference championships and at-large bids determined by the NCAA Selection Committee.

The tournament will feature 32 automatic qualifiers from conference champions and 36 at-large bids. For example, UT Martin has already secured an automatic bid by virtue of winning their conference’s tournament, despite losing to Southern Indiana in the Ohio Valley Conference championship, as Southern Indiana is currently ineligible for the NCAA tournament due to their transition period to Division I.

For more detailed information on which teams will compete, the official NCAA bracket will be available after the March 17, 2024 selection process. Additionally, ESPN’s Bracketology provides early projections of the field, including teams considered “on the bubble,” for those looking for predictions ahead of the official announcement.

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