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ROSEMONT, Ill. – Six Big Ten schools received berths into the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, it was announced Monday night. Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio State earned their way into this year's tournament (the most selections for the Big Ten since the conference had seven in 2015), with all 63 NCAA postseason games televised on the ESPN family of networks.
Iowa is the No. 6 seed in the Kansas City Region and will head to Los Angeles and UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion for first- and second-round action. The Hawkeyes will take on 11th-seeded Creighton at 6 p.m. (ET) Saturday on ESPN2 with the winner of that game moving on to face either No. 3 seed (and subregional host) UCLA or 14th-seeded American on March 19 (all second-round times and TV coverage are yet to be determined). Iowa is making its 25th NCAA Tournament appearance and its first since an eight-year run from 2008-15. The Hawkeyes, who have a 21-24 (.467) record in NCAA Tournament play, are one of eight current Big Ten schools who have advanced to the NCAA Women’s Final Four during their program’s history, doing so in 1993.
Maryland is the No. 5 seed in the Kansas City Region and travels to Raleigh, North Carolina, and North Carolina State’s Reynolds Coliseum for its opening-round games. The Terrapins will play 12th-seeded Princeton at noon (ET) Friday on ESPN2 with the winner of that game advancing to meet No. 4 seed (and subregional host) N.C. State or 13th-seeded Elon on Sunday. Maryland earned its 26th NCAA Tournament appearance (tying Purdue for the most by a current Big Ten school) and the Terrapins’ eighth in a row. Maryland has compiled a 44-24 (.647) record in the NCAA Tournament, winning the national championship in 2006 and reaching the Final Four five times, most recently in 2015 during its inaugural season in the Big Ten.
Michigan is the No. 7 seed in the Lexington Region and will take on 10th-seeded Northern Colorado at 5 p.m. (ET) Friday on ESPN2 in Waco, Texas, at Baylor’s Ferrell Center. The winner of that contest will play the winner of No. 2 seed Baylor vs. 15th-seeded Grambling on Sunday. Michigan is making its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance and first since back-to-back tournament trips in 2012 and 2013. The Wolverines, who won last year’s Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) title, are 3-6 (.333) in their six previous NCAA Tournament appearances.
Minnesota received the No. 10 seed in the Spokane Region and heads west to Eugene, Oregon, to play seventh-seeded Green Bay at 5 p.m. (ET) Friday on ESPN2 at Oregon’s Matthew Knight Arena. The winner of that contest moves on to meet the winner of the first-round game between No. 2 seed (and subregional host) Oregon and 15th-seeded Seattle on Sunday. Minnesota earned its second NCAA Tournament berth in four years (first since 2015) and the 10th in program history. The Golden Gophers are 11-9 (.550) in NCAA Tournament games, highlighted by a trip to the 2004 Final Four.
Nebraska is the No. 10 seed in the Kansas City Region and is bound for Austin, Texas, and Texas’ Frank Erwin Center for first- and second-round games. The Cornhuskers will play seventh-seeded Arizona State at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday on ESPN2 with the winner of that game advancing to play No. 2 seed (and subregional host) Texas or 15th-seeded Maine on March 19. Nebraska will be making its 14th NCAA Tournament appearance and its first since 2015, having compiled an 8-13 (.381) record in the event.
Ohio State, which won its second consecutive Big Ten title and then secured its first Big Ten Tournament championship since 2011, is the No. 3 seed in the Spokane Region and will play host to first- and second-round games on campus at historic St. John Arena. The Buckeyes will meet No. 14 seed George Washington at 1:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday on ESPN2, with the winner advancing to play No. 6 seed LSU or 11th-seeded Central Michigan in the second round on March 19. Ohio State is appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the 25th time overall and the fourth consecutive season, owning a 28-24 (.538) all-time record in the NCAA Tournament, including a berth in the 1993 NCAA national championship game.
OSU is also serving as the co-host with the Greater Columbus Sports Commission of this year’s NCAA Women’s Final Four, which will be played March 30 and April 1 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.