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

All the metrics suggest that UConn is at worst a No. 4 seed and would host a pair of games in the NCAA tournament if it were to start today. But does the NCAA selection committee see the Huskies that way? That's one of the answers we will get Thursday when the NCAA reveals it current top-16 teams, the first look into how the committee evaluates the season so far. The No. 1 seeds should be South Carolina, NC State, Stanford and Tennessee -- in that order -- but there are bigger storylines: The front-loaded but now more competitive Big 12 could put anywhere from two to five teams on the list. BYU, the lone contender outside of the Power 5 conferences and the Big East, should also make the top 16.

68-Team Bracket

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