Does NCAA March Madness include women's basketball?
In attempts to bridge gender equity gaps, the NCAA has included the 2022 women’s college basketball championship in March Madness for the first time ever.
The double March madness got underway last week, with the NCAA women’s championship unveiled on March 13th, after being suspended due to the covid pandemic for two consecutive years.
Following last year’s video that went viral by Oregon forward Sedona Prince highlighting the differences between the men’s and women’s tournaments, this year, and for the first time ever, the women’s tournament has expanded from 64 to 68 teams, and is now part of March Madness.
The NCAA attempts to bridge gender equity gaps
Additionally, the NCAA is using the "March Madness" phrasing and branding for the women’s tournament, matching the men’s tournament as it attempts to bridge gender equity gaps.
NCAA vice president of women's basketball, Lynn Holzman said, "the brand recognition that March Madness carries will broaden marketing opportunities as we continue that work to elevate the women's basketball championship"
2022 March Madness schedule for the NCAA women's basketball tournament
The tournament started with the First Four games taking place on March 16, 17 at top-16 seeds.
First- and second-round games will be played March 18- 21, at top-16 seeds.
Regionals take place March 25-28, in Connecticut, North Carolina, Washington and Kansas. The Sweet 16 will be played March 25-26, with the Elite Eight following on March 27-28.
On Friday, April 1, the Women's Final Four starts at 7 and 9:30 p.m. ET, and on Sunday, April 3, the national championship game is at 8 p.m. in Minneapolis, Minn.