If 2020-21 was a season of adaptability, 2021-22 is expected to be a season of normalcy. The women's NCAA tournament, played entirely in San Antonio last March and April, returns to its traditional format of 16 higher seed home courts for the e arly rounds, four regional sites and a Final Four in Minneapolis -- all with fans, bands and atmosphere. And for the first time on the women's side, March will contain Madness. The women's field might also expand to the same 68-team field utilized for the men's tournament, with a final decision coming on that in November. Whether it stays 64 or becomes 68, ESPN will take you through every step of the way with bracket projections that will include the teams on the bubble, those fighting for the right to host first- and second-round games, and schools near the top jockeying to be called a No. 1 seed on Selection Monday.
The biggest changes from our last bracket in April reflect further evaluation of Kim Mulkey's move from Baylor to Baton Rouge. The coach's entry into the SEC will remain a top storyline throughout the season. With Mulkey now on the Tigers' sideline, along with some related roster improvements, LSU moves from the Next Four Out to a No. 9 seed in the field. Baylor falls off the No. 1 line and is now a No. 2 seed.
On the Bubble
- 10Ole Miss