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Selection Monday: NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Bracket unveiled on ESPN tonight; espnW provides extensive coverage

Kara Lawson and Carolyn Peck will provide fans with in studio coverage.
Kara Lawson and Carolyn Peck will provide fans with in-studio coverage.

ESPN tips off the madness of March as first-year host Kevin Negandhi unveils the 64-team NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship field exclusively during the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special beginning tonight at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and WatchESPN.

Negandhi will be joined by veteran analysts Kara Lawson, Carolyn Peck, Doris Burke and Rebecca Lobo in studio.

The second hour of the Selection Special will move to ESPNU where espnW women’s basketball writer Mechelle Voepel will join the team to give her thoughts on the bracket. Voepel has provided espnW extensive coverage during the regular season; she’s a voter in the weekly espnW National Player of the Week balloting.

In addition to the studio show, espnW.com will give fans extensive coverage of Selection Monday from its analysts and experts.

Columnist Graham Hays answers Five Burning Questions off the newly released bracket, including the toughest/easiest region, toughest path for a No. 1 seed and potential Cinderella teams. Voepel, along with Bracketologist Charlie Creme and Michelle Smith, will have in-depth analysis of the bracket.

espnW experts will make their NCAA Championship selections. espnW.com also will be home to still photos and flip-cam footage sent in from schools around the nation with their reactions to receiving an NCAA Championship invite.

The two-hour Selection Special will include insights into the women’s bracket with analysis of each region, teams, plus the players to watch.

In addition, there will be live look-ins at the “3 to see” schools — Baylor, Delaware and Notre Dame — as their respective teams await seeding for the championship, plus interviews with stars Brittney Griner of Baylor, Elena Delle Donne of Delaware and Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame.

Selection Monday tips off ESPN’s expanded coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship March 23-April 9.

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