The field of 68 is set for the 2023 Women's NCAA Basketball Tournament. While the headlines will go to South Carolina, Iowa, Indiana, and the other national championship contenders, the festivities get underway with the First Four for the number of teams to get trimmed to 64.
In this year's First Four matchups, two of the games will feature the last four at-large teams in the field as 11-seeds, and the other two games feature four 16-seeds, which are the lowest-seeded conference champions. On March 15, 11-seeds Illinois will take on Mississippi State in the Greenville 1 Regional, with the winner taking on Creighton in South Bend, Ind., and in the other game Wednesday night, a matchup of 16-seeds in the Seattle 4 Regional will have Sacred Hart taking on Southern. The winner of that matchup gets No. 1 seed Stanford.
The Thursday matchups see 11-seeds St. John's and Purdue in the Seattle 3 Regional and 16-seeds Monmouth and Tennessee Tech play in the Greenville 2 Regional. The St. John's-Purdue winner gets North Carolina, and the Monmouth-Tennessee Tech winner takes on Indiana.
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How to watch the 2023 NCAA Women's Tournament First Four
- Dates: Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16
- Times: 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN
- Streaming: fuboTV (try for free)
Wednesday, March 15
|7 p.m.||(11) Mississippi State vs. (11) Illinois -- Greenville 1||South Bend, Ind.||ESPN|
|9 p.m.||(16) Sacred Heart vs. (16) Southern -- Seattle 4||Stanford, Ca.||ESPN|
Thursday, March 16
|7 p.m.||(11) St. John's vs. (11) Purdue -- Seattle 3||Columbus, Ohio||ESPN|
|9 p.m.||(16) Monmouth vs. (16) Tennessee Tech -- Greenville 2||Bloomington, Ind.||ESPN|