NCAA Women's Basketball Bracket 2019: Selection Show TV, Live-Stream Schedule

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMarch 17, 2019

Notre Dame players Marina Mabrey (3), Jackie Young (5), Arike Ogunbowale (24), Brianna Turner (11) and Jessica Shepard (32) pose for a photo after their team defeated Louisville in an NCAA college basketball game in the championship of the Atlantic Coast Conference women's tournament in Greensboro, N.C., Sunday, March 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)
Chuck Burton/Associated Press

The road to Tampa, Florida, begins when the 2019 NCAA women's basketball tournament bracket is unveiled on Monday.

It's going to be hard for this year's competition to top the dramatic ending from a year ago, when Notre Dame knocked off Mississippi State on a buzzer-beater to win the title.

Notre Dame is once again in the mix to win a championship in 2019 alongside the normal cast of programs such as UConn, Mississippi State and Louisville.

The tournament begins Friday and concludes at Amalie Arena with the national championship April 7.

                             

Women's Tournament Selection Show Info

Date: Monday, March 18

Time: 7 p.m. ET 

TV: ESPN 

Live Stream: Watch ESPN or ESPN app

                        

Automatic Bids Earned Through Saturday

ACC: Notre Dame

America East: Maine

American: UConn

Atlantic 10: Fordham

Big 12: Baylor

Big East: DePaul 

Big Sky: Portland State

Big Ten: Iowa

Big West: UC Davis

Colonial: Towson

C-USA: Rice

Horizon: Wright State

MAAC: Quinnipiac

MAC: Buffalo 

MEAC: Bethune-Cookman

Mountain West: Boise State

Ohio Valley: Belmont

Pac-12: Stanford

SEC: Mississippi State

Southern: Mercer

SWAC: Southern

Summit League: South Dakota State

Sun Belt: Arkansas-Little Rock

West Coast: BYU 

WAC: New Mexico State

                      

Can Notre Dame Repeat? 

Notre Dame's magical run to the championship a year ago was powered by Arike Ogunbowale, who is one of a few key players back and ready to earn a repeat title. 

Notre Dame's starting five is as good as any in the nation, and that was reinforced in the ACC tournament final when all five starters reached double digits. 

With so many weapons on offense, Muffet McGraw's team is going to be tough to knock out, but because the parity in women's basketball continues to rise, a handful of other programs are capable of winning it all. 

As always, UConn is going to be a major player in the NCAA tournament and is looking for its 12th consecutive Final Four appearance.

Unlike previous seasons, the Huskies aren't the overwhelming favorite to win the title, but Geno Auriemma's team carries plenty of motivation into the competition, as it hasn't made the championship game in the past two years. 

Baylor and back-to-back runner-up Mississippi State are the other two projected No. 1 seeds, according to Charlie Creme of ESPN.com.

Oregon and Iowa are two other programs to keep an eye on because they both possess players who can take over the game by themselves. 

Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu is a triple-double machine who averages 19.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 8.1 assists.

Iowa's Megan Gustafson is ready to star on the national stage, as she enters the tournament as the espnW National Player of the Year for leading the nation in scoring with 28 points per game. 

All six of the aforementioned programs are capable of winning a title, which is why this season's tournament feels more open than in past years.

But it's never a bad idea to pick your bracket based off title-winning experience, and Notre Dame has that and the star power you need to take over a tournament for six games.

                                    

Follow Joe on Twitter, @JTansey90Statistics obtained from ESPN.com and official team websites. 

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