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Mar 15, 2017

It's FINALLY tournament time!

The NCAA women's basketball championships kick off this Friday and Saturday at sixteen sites throughout the country.

Highest seed hosts the four teams (two games) in the bracket, with the exception of Stanford, who goes to Kansas, because Pac 12 gymnastics got to their arena first.

Each year we break down the tournament, the stories, the players, and give you a roundtable discussion to help you know what to look for and who to watch.

This year's NCAA preview roundtable consists of:

  • Mechelle Voepel, ESPNw
  • Doug Feinberg, AP
  • Gabriella Levine, Freelance women's basketball writer

It is always great to have Voepel and Feinberg, roundtable regulars who are two of the very best in the business, and it is a pleasure to have Levine, who has become a podcast regular on the Locked on WBB podcast, for the first time.

Together the panel explores topics including:

  • The NCAA committee's questionable decisions, including South Carolina out west (again) and Maryland as three seed in Bridgeport
  • Region by region discussions to help you fill out your brackets
  • Tough matchups, who can pull off the big early upset?
  • Those 5-12 games are often upsets on the men's side but could the women's five seeds be ripe to be picked off?
  • The respect (or lack thereof) for the Big Ten
  • How does the loss of Alaina Coates impact South Carolina
  • Which top five seeds are ready for the next step and to make it to the final four
  • Players to watch for that you may not be thinking of in each region
  • We know about the importance of veteran guards, but we have freshmen point guards in position to make a huge difference this year

Thank you again for the roundtable for making time to participate in the podcast! I know you are going to enjoy it!

Good luck to everyone dancing this weekend, let's have some great games!