Women's Tournament 2014: Schedule and Bracket Predictions for Day 1

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Women's Tournament 2014: Schedule and Bracket Predictions for Day 1
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Bring on the ladies.

With the men's NCAA tournament off to a brilliant start, fans likely are feeling insatiable for basketball. Lucky for them, another tournament sure to provide thrills will commence on Saturday, as the women's NCAA tournament kicks off. 

Below, you'll find all of the information from the first day of action to ensure you don't miss a thing, along with a prediction for every game (several of which will surely be wrong, because, you know, March Madness).

 

For the full bracket, check out NCAA.com

 

TV Schedule, Streaming and Predictions

Women's Tournament Schedule
Time (ET) Matchup TV Stream Prediction
11 a.m. (15) Winthrop vs. (2) Duke ESPN2 WatchESPN Duke
11 a.m. (14) Wright State vs. (3) Kentucky ESPN2 WatchESPN Kentucky
11 a.m. (12) FGCU vs. (5) Oklahoma State ESPN2 WatchESPN Oklahoma State
11 a.m. (9) Arizona State vs. (8) Vanderbilt ESPN2 WatchESPN Vanderbilt
1:30 p.m. (16) Robert Morris vs. (1) Notre Dame ESPN2 WatchESPN Notre Dame
1:30 p.m. (13) Akron vs. (4) Purdue ESPN2 WatchESPN Purdue
1:30 p.m. (10) Oklahoma vs. (7) DePaul ESPN2 WatchESPN Oklahoma
1:30 p.m. (11) Chattanooga vs. (6) Syracuse ESPN2 WatchESPN Chattanooga
4 p.m. (16) Northwestern State vs. (1) Tennessee ESPN2 WatchESPN Tennessee
4 p.m. (13) Fresno State vs. (4) Nebraska ESPN2 WatchESPN Nebraska
4 p.m. (10) Fordham vs. (7) California ESPN2 WatchESPN California
4 p.m. (10) Florida State vs. (7) Iowa State ESPN2 WatchESPN Florida State
6:30 p.m. (15) Western Kentucky vs. (2) Baylor ESPN2 WatchESPN Baylor
6:30 p.m. (15) South Dakota vs. (2) Stanford ESPN2 WatchESPN Stanford
6:30 p.m. (12) BYU vs. (5) NC State ESPN2 WatchESPN NC State
6:30 p.m. (9) USC vs. (8) St. John's ESPN2 WatchESPN USC

ESPN

 

Day 1 Outlook

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest upset I envision going down on the first day of action is Chattanooga knocking off Syracuse. Charlie Creme of ESPN breaks down why this upset pick is so enticing:

Sixth-seeded Syracuse comes into the tournament on a bit of a down note following a disappointing ACC tournament quarterfinal effort against NC State. No. 11 seed Chattanooga is charging into Lexington, Ky., with 25 straight wins. The Lady Mocs will have the most accomplished player on the floor in Taylor Hall, and if Chattanooga's guards can limit Brianna Butler and Brittney Sykes, the Lady Mocs will be in the game. Also noteworthy: Chattanooga's Jim Foster is the first coach to bring four teams to the women's NCAA tournament (Saint Joseph's, Vanderbilt, Ohio State).

Yup, that has all of the makings of a classic upset. Consider me sold.

Don't expect the top contenders to drop out early. Duke, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Stanford and Baylor should all roll. No. 3 Kentucky also has a huge advantage in its first two games, as those rounds are being played in Lexington in their region. 

Kentucky coach Matthew Mitchell said after the Wildcats learned they would be in Lexington, via Jennifer Smith of Kentucky.com, the team needed to "enjoy being at home, enjoy being in Lexington, enjoy playing at our facility, but really understand that it's not going to guarantee you a thing. You have to go out and earn you some victories here."

Both Purdue and Oklahoma State have tricky first-round matchups, but each has a great point guard that should lead them to victory. For Oklahoma State, Tiffany Bias (14.4 PPG, 6.1 APG) leads the way. For Purdue, it's Courtney Moses (15.4 PPG). These two seem destined for an intriguing second-round matchup.

There are also lower seeds to watch closely this year. California reached the Final Four but has underachieved this season. Still, the experience of a long tournament run could kick the Bears into high gear this season.

And Oklahoma has underachieved throughout the season as well, but the Sooners are a talented squad led by Aaryn Ellenberg (18.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG) and Sharane Campbell (12.4 PPG, 5.4 RPG). The Sooners might yet have a run in them.


 

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