The three-week process of crowning the 2014 NCAA Division I women's basketball champion begins tonight, with the revealing of the 64-team tournament bracket. The Akron Zips, champions of the Mid-American Conference tournament, will learn their seed, location and opponent tonight. They are among the 32 automatic bids that comprise half the field. The Bowling Green Falcons and Central Michigan Chippewas are one of many teams hopeful that their name will be called among the 32 at-large teams in the tournament.
The bracket will be revealed with an hour-long show beginning at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN, with host Kevin Negandhi and analysts Kara Lawson, and Rebecca Lobo. Those three will continue with extended coverage beginning at 8:00 p.m. on ESPNU. The latter show will include ESPN.com writer Mechelle Voepel and an interview with the chair of the women's basketball selection committee.
If you cannot reach a television, both broadcasts will be available online at ESPN3 and on the Watch ESPN application. ESPN's family of networks will broadcast and stream all 63 games of the tournament for the ninth consecutive year. The first two rounds will feature regional coverage on ESPN and ESPN2 with full coverage of every game online at ESPN3. Beginning with the Sweet 16, each game will be broadcast and streamed nationally.
In addition, the Women's National Invitation Tournament and the Women's Basketball Invitational will both announce their brackets tonight. The WNIT is a 64-team field, while the WBI is a 16-team event. You can also follow the WNIT and WBI on Twitter. Announcements for both will be made online and will not be televised.
HOW TO WATCH:
TIME: 7:00 p.m. EST (announcement) and 8:00 p.m. EST (analysis)
WHERE: ESPN (announcement) and ESPNU (analysis)
STREAM: Online at ESPN3 or the Watch ESPN apps.