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2017 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament First Round TV Schedule (March 17-18, 2017)

March 13 was Selection Monday for the 64 women’s teams; their seedings and regions were announced for the upcoming annual tournament to ultimately determine college’s women’s national champion in Division I basketball.

There will be 63 tournament games televised on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN3. The tournament’s early round games will air regionally, according to its suitable television market.

The bracket’s overall No. 1 seed, the undefeated UConn Huskies (32-0 for 2016-17), are aiming to earn a record fifth consecutive national championship, and their twelfth overall in their lauded school history. The Huskies enter the championship having won 107 straight games, the longest streak in team and NCAA Division I women’s or men’s basketball history.

South Carolina (27-4), Notre Dame (30-3) and Baylor (30-3) are the other No. 1 seeds in the tournament. A No. 1 seed for the fourth consecutive year, South Carolina is vying for its first national championship. Notre Dame, which has played in five of the last six Women’s Final Fours, is playing for its second national title.  Big 12 Conference regular season champion, Baylor seeks their third overall national championship.

The Final Four semifinal and national championship title games will be held in Dallas, Tex. on Friday Mar. 31 and Sunday Apr. 2 — all three games will air on ESPN.

The following are the scheduled game start times (all times Eastern; start times subject to change), locations and respective networks for the first two rounds of tournament action:

Friday, March 17, 2017

Noon on ESPN2: Lexington Region
(#4) Kentucky vs. (#13) Belmont
Location: Lexington, Ky.
Announcers: Beth Mowins, Nell Fortner

Noon on ESPN2: Lexington Region
(#6) North Carolina State vs. (#11) Auburn
Location: Austin, Tex.
Announcers: Roy Philpott, Brooke Weisbrod

Noon on ESPN2: Bridgeport Region
(#3) Maryland vs. (#14) Bucknell
Location: College Park, MD
Announcers: Courtney Lyle, Tamika Catchings

Noon on ESPN2: Oklahoma Region
(#7) DePaul vs. (#10) Northern Iowa
Location: Starkville, MS
Announcers: Bob Picozzi, Katie Smith

2:30 p.m. on ESPN2: Lexington Region
(#5) Ohio State vs. (#12) Western Kentucky
Location: Lexington, Ky.
Announcers: Beth Mowins, Nell Fortner

2:30 p.m. on ESPN2: Lexington Region
(#3) Texas vs. (#14) Central Arkansas
Location: Austin, Tex.
Announcers: Roy Philpott, Brooke Weisbrod

2:30 p.m. on ESPN2: Bridgeport Region
(#6) West Virginia vs. (#11) Elon
Location: College Park, MD
Announcers: Courtney Lyle, Tamika Catchings

2:30 p.m. on ESPN2: Oklahoma Region
(#2) Mississippi State vs. (#15) Troy
Location: Starkville, MS
Announcers: Bob Picozzi, Katie Smith

5:00 p.m. on ESPN2: Stockton Region
(#6) Missouri vs. (#11) South Florida
Location: Tallahassee, Fla.
Announcers: Melissa Lee, Angel Gray

5:00 p.m. on ESPN2: Lexington Region
(#8) Green Bay vs. (#9) Purdue
Location: South Bend, Ind.
Announcers: Paul Sunderland, Mike Thibault

5:00 p.m. on ESPN2: Stockton Region
(#1) South Carolina vs. (#16) UNC Ashville
Location: Columbia, SC
Announcers: Dave Pasch, LaChina Robinson

5:00 p.m. on ESPN2: Stockton Region
(#2) Oregon State vs. (#15) Long Beach State
Location: Corvallis, Ore.
Announcers: Elise Woodward, Mary Murphy

7:30 p.m. on ESPN2: Stockton Region
(#3) Florida State vs. (#14) Western Illinois
Location: Tallahassee, Fla.
Announcers: Melissa Lee, Angel Gray

7:30 p.m. on ESPN2: Lexington Region
(#1) Notre Dame vs. (#16) Robert Morris
Location: South Bend, Ind.
Announcers: Paul Sunderland, Mike Thibault

7:30 p.m. on ESPN2: Stockton Region
(#8) Arizona State vs. (#9) Michigan State
Location: Columbia, SC
Announcers: Dave Pasch, LaChina Robinson

7:30 p.m. on ESPN2: Stockton Region
(#7) Creighton vs. (#10) Toledo
Location: Corvallis, Ore.
Announcers: Elise Woodward, Mary Murphy

Saturday, March 18, 2017

11:00 a.m. on ESPN2: Bridgeport Region
(#1) UConn vs. (#16) Albany
Location: Storrs, Conn.
Announcers: Eric Frede, Dan Hughes

1:30 p.m. on ESPN2: Bridgeport Region
(#8) Syracuse vs. (#9) Iowa State
Location: Storrs, Conn.
Announcers: Eric Frede, Dan Hughes

1:30 p.m. on ESPN2: Oklahoma Region
(#4) Louisville vs. (#13) Chattanooga
Location: Louisville, Ky.
Announcers: Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Kara Lawson

1:30 p.m. on ESPN2: Lexington Region
(#2) Stanford vs. (#15) New Mexico State
Location: Manhattan, Kans.
Announcers: Brenda VanLengen, Carol Ross

1:30 p.m. on ESPN2: Stockton Region
(#5) Marquette vs. (#12) Quinnipiac
Location: Coral Gables, Fla.
Announcers: Jenn Hildreth, Steffi Sorensen

4:00 p.m. on ESPN2: Oklahoma Region
(#5) Tennessee vs. (#12) Dayton
Location: Louisville, Ky.
Announcers: Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Kara Lawson

4:00 p.m. on ESPN2: Lexington Region
(#7) Kansas State vs. (#10) Drake
Location: Manhattan, Kans.
Announcers: Brenda VanLengen, Carol Ross

4:00 p.m. on ESPN2: Stockton Region
(#4) Miami (Fla.) vs. (#13) Florida Gulf Coast
Location: Coral Gables, Fla.
Announcers: Jenn Hildreth, Steffi Sorensen

6:30 p.m. on ESPN2: Bridgeport Region
(#4) UCLA vs. (#13) Boise State
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Announcers: Sam Gore, Julianne Viani

6:30 p.m. on ESPN2: Bridgeport Region
(#7) Temple vs. (#10) Oregon
Location: Durham, NC
Announcers: Clay Matvick, Christy Winters-Scott

6:30 p.m. on ESPN2: Oklahoma Region
(#1) Baylor vs. (#16) Texas Southern
Location: Waco, Tex.
Announcers: Lowell Galindo, Sue Bird

6:30 p.m. on ESPN2: Oklahoma Region
(#6) Oklahoma vs. (#11) Gonzaga
Location: Seattle, Wash.
Announcers: Pam Ward, Gail Goestenkors

9:00 p.m. on ESPN2: Bridgeport Region
(#5) Texas A&M vs. (#12) Penn
Location: Los Angeles, Calif.
Announcers: Sam Gore, Julianne Viani

9:00 p.m. on ESPN2: Bridgeport Region
(#2) Duke vs. (#15) Hampton
Location: Durham, NC
Announcers: Clay Matvick, Christy Winters-Scott

9:00 p.m. on ESPN2: Oklahoma Region
(#8) LSU vs. (#9) California
Location: Waco, Tex.
Announcers: Lowell Galindo, Sue Bird

9:00 p.m. on ESPN2: Oklahoma Region
(#3) Washington vs. (#14) Montana State
Location: Seattle, Wash.
Announcers: Pam Ward, Gail Goestenkors

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