Women's Bracketology: 2022 NCAA tournament

The 2022 women's NCAA tournament will have a considerably different look than what we saw last March. Fans will be back, and host cities for the first and second rounds, as well as four distinct regional sites, also return. The biggest change, however, is the shift to a 68-team field from 64 previously. The women's bracket selection also moves up a day, to Selection Sunday. ESPN will be with you every step of the way, projecting the NCAA tournament bracket and which teams are on the bubble as the march toward Minneapolis and the Final Four continues.

Bracket Watch

Who has impacted women's college basketball this season more than Kim Mulkey? After winning three NCAA titles at Baylor, Mulkey is in her first season at LSU, which hasn't made the NCAA tournament since 2018 and has had only three top-four finishes in the SEC in the past 11 seasons. But the Tigers are the No. 9 overall team on this week's Bracketology board and appear primed for a top-four seed for the first time since 2008. Meanwhile, Mulkey's departure from Waco has helped change the entire outlook of the Big 12. Baylor won the regular-season conference title each of her last 11 years there. The Bears are currently at the bottom of the Big 12, winless in two league games. They never started 0-2 under Mulkey and lost just a total of four regular-season conference games in the last six years. Although Baylor is still good enough to hold a No. 5 seed this week, its start has opened a door to teams like Iowa State, Kansas State and Oklahoma in the Big 12.

68-Team Bracket

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