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Women’s College Basketball: We Back Pat, First NCAA Top-16 Seed Reveal and Big Monday Highlight Schedule


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The first of three NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee top-16 reveals will take place Thursday, Jan. 18, during halftime of this week’s Thursday Showcase game on ESPN – featuring No. 6 Tennessee at No. 5 Notre Dame at 7 p.m. ET.

ESPN will once again support the SEC’s We Back Pat initiative honoring the late Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt. The day-long programming on Sunday, Jan. 21, across ESPN2, ESPNU and SEC Network tips off with reigning national champion South Carolina taking on Kentucky (noon, ESPNU), and continues with No. 1 UConn at Temple (1 p.m., ESPN2), Ole Miss at Florida (1 p.m., SEC Network), Tulsa at Tulane (2 p.m., ESPNU), No. 3 Mississippi State at No. 6 Tennessee (3 p.m., ESPN2), No. 12 Florida State at No. 2 Louisville (5 p.m., ESPN2), and Arkansas at No. 11 Missouri (5 p.m., SEC Network).

Big Monday presented by Jos. A. Bank will feature No. 8 Ohio State against No. 14 Maryland (7 p.m., ESPN2).

Other ranked teams playing across ESPN networks include No. 11 Missouri, No. 15 Duke, No. 16 Texas A&M and No. 23 Green Bay.


espnW’s national player of the week is Louisville’s Asia Durr, after her 36-point game against then-No. 2 Notre Dame during last week’s Thursday Showcase matchup on ESPN.

This week’s content includes:

  • The Mountaineers surprised most folks by upsetting Texas and Baylor last season to win the Big 12 tournament. And with much of their team back for 2017-18, they had high aspirations. But injuries, particularly to Tynice Martin, the MVP of last year’s Big 12 tournament, have had an impact. Still, West Virginia is 15-2 overall and who has really stepped forward for the Mountaineers? Teana Muldrow. The senior has played every position but point guard for West Virginia, and she’s averaging 20.6 points and 9.5 rebounds. (Mechelle Voepel)
  • Three mid-major teams are probably locks for NCAA tournament at-large bid should they fail to win their league’s automatic berth, but there are a few more that should be considered for the field of 64 (Charlie Creme)
  • Bracketology (Charlie Creme)
  • Reaction to NCAA Top-16 seed reveal
  • With two rookies in the starting lineup, the Lady Vols are trying to accelerate growth on the court with freshmen, but Rennia Davis already did so off the court. As part of an accelerated high school program, she entered Tennessee with an associate of arts degree. (Graham Hays)
  • Live coverage from Mississippi State at Tennessee as part of We Back Pat (Mechelle Voepel)


Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Wed, Jan 17 7 p.m. Grace College at Indiana Wesleyan ESPN3
  East Tennessee State at Furman ESPN3
  Ball State at Toledo ESPN3
  Western Michigan at Eastern Michigan ESPN3
  Kent State at Bowling Green ESPN3
  Buffalo at Ohio ESPN3
  Central Michigan at Northern Illinois ESPN3
  Akron at Miami (Ohio) ESPN3
  8 p.m. South Florida at Memphis ESPN3
  Oklahoma at Kansas State ESPN3
  Texas Tech at Kansas ESPN3
  Incarnate Word at Lamar ESPN3
  Abilene Christian at Stephen F. Austin ESPN3
Thu, Jan 18 1 p.m. Western Carolina at Samford ESPN3
  5:30 p.m. Park at Missouri Baptist ESPN3
  6 p.m. Louisiana at UT Arlington ESPN3
  Appalachian State at Troy ESPN3
  Lake Superior State at Grand Valley State ESPN3
  Chattanooga at Wofford ESPN3
  7 p.m. Thursday Night Showcase
No. 6 Tennessee at No. 5 Notre Dame
Adam Amin, Kara Lawson/Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe
  Florida at Arkansas
Courtney Lyle, Tamika Catchings
SEC Network
  Syracuse at Miami ACC Network Extra
  Boston College at Clemson ACC Network Extra
  NC State at North Carolina ACC Network Extra
  No. 2 Louisville at Pittsburgh ACC Network Extra
  No. 15 Duke at Virginia Tech ACC Network Extra
  No. 12 Florida State at Wake Forest ACC Network Extra
  Tulsa at Connecticut ESPN3
  Albany at UMass Lowell ESPN3
  Maine at Hartford ESPN3
  New Hampshire at Vermont ESPN3
  Stony Brook at Binghamton ESPN3
  Louisiana Tech at Florida International ESPN3
  Marshall at Old Dominion ESPN3
  Milwaukee at Oakland ESPN3
  No. 23 Green Bay at Detroit ESPN3
  UNC Greensboro at Mercer ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. North Texas at Middle Tennessee ESPN3
  8 p.m. Auburn at LSU SEC Network +
  No. 10 South Carolina at Vanderbilt SEC Network +
  No. 16 Texas A&M at Alabama SEC Network +
  9 p.m. No. 11 Missouri at Ole Miss SEC Network
Fri, Jan 19 7 p.m. Bradley at Indiana State ESPN3
  Loyola-Chicago at Southern Illinois ESPN3
  UIC at Wright State ESPN3
  IUPUI at Northern Kentucky ESPN3
  8 p.m. Northern Iowa at Drake ESPN3
  Illinois State at Evansville ESPN3
  Valparaiso at Missouri State ESPN3
Sat, Jan 20 Noon Georgia Southern at Georgia State ESPN3
  1 p.m. Jacksonville at NJIT ESPN3
  Siena at Iona ESPN3
  Milwaukee at Detroit ESPN3
  Youngstown State at Cleveland State ESPN3
  Ohio at Bowling Green ESPN3
  2 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  Fort Wayne at North Dakota State ESPN3
  Omaha at South Dakota ESPN3
  Abilene Christian at Central Arkansas ESPN3
  Fairfield at Quinnipiac ESPN3
  Canisius at Monmouth ESPN3
  Southern Miss at Middle Tennessee ESPN3
  Chattanooga at Furman ESPN3
  Western Carolina at Mercer ESPN3
  East Tennessee State at Wofford ESPN3
  Ball State at Kent State ESPN3
  Miami (Ohio) at Western Michigan ESPN3
  Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois ESPN3
  Toledo at Buffalo ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Stetson at Lipscomb ESPN3
  3 p.m. UL Monroe at UT Arlington ESPN3
  Coastal Carolina at Troy ESPN3
  Sam Houston State at Lamar ESPN3
  Texas A&M Commerce at West Texas A&M ESPN3
  No. 23 Green Bay at Oakland ESPN3
  UNC Greensboro at Samford ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. North Florida at South Carolina Upstate ESPN3
  5 p.m. Incarnate Word at New Orleans ESPN3
  Central Michigan at Akron ESPN3
  6 p.m. Dartmouth at Harvard ESPN3
  Ferris State (Mich.) at Grand Valley State ESPN3
  10 p.m. UC Riverside at  Cal State Northridge ESPN3
Sun, Jan 21 Noon We Back Pat
No. 10 South Carolina at Kentucky
Roy Philpott, Brooke Weisbrod
Noon Binghamton at UMass Lowell ESPN3
  12:30 p.m. Virginia Tech at Virginia ACC Network Extra
  Valparaiso at Southern Illinois ESPN3
  1 p.m. We Back Pat
No. 1 UConn at Temple
Tiffany Greene, Sue Bird
  We Back Pat
Ole Miss at Florida
Jenn Hildreth, Steffi Sorensen
SEC Network
  Miami at Boston College ACC Network Extra
  Clemson at No. 5 Notre Dame ACC Network Extra
  Albany at UMBC ESPN3
  UIC at Northern Kentucky ESPN3
  2 p.m. We Back Pat
Tulsa at Tulane
Eric Frede, Christy Thomaskutty
  Wake Forest at Georgia Tech ACC Network Extra
  Pittsburgh at Syracuse ACC Network Extra
  Hartford at Vermont ESPN3
  New Hampshire at Stony Brook ESPN3
  Rider at Marist ESPN3
  Illinois State at Indiana State ESPN3
  Bradley at Evansville ESPN3
  IUPUI at Wright State ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. No. 14 Duke at North Carolina ACC Network Extra
  3 p.m. We Back Pat
No. 3 Mississippi State at No. 6 Tennessee
Paul Sunderland, Kara Lawson
  Auburn at Georgia
Brenda VanLengen, Andraya Carter
SEC Network
  Vanderbilt at Alabama SEC Network +
  Loyola-Chicago at Missouri State ESPN3
5 p.m. We Back Pat
No. 12 Florida State at No. 2 Louisville
Pam Ward, Gail Goestenkors
  We Back Pat
Arkansas at No. 11 Missouri
Courtney Lyle, Tamika Catchings
SEC Network
Mon, Jan 22 7 p.m. Big Monday presented by Jos. A. Bank as part of We Back Pat
No. 8 Ohio State at No. 14 Maryland
Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli
LSU at No. 16 Texas A&M
Brenda VanLengen, Carol Ross
SEC Network
  Stetson at Kennesaw State ESPN3
  North Florida at NJIT ESPN3
  Jacksonville at South Carolina Upstate ESPN3
  Iona at Monmouth ESPN3
  Converse at Furman ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast at Lipscomb ESPN3