via press release:
ESPN to Exclusively Unveil 2014 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Bracket
NCAA Championship Coverage includes content from stars of ABC’s Emmy-Nominated “Nashville”
ESPN will unveil the 64-team NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship field exclusively during the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special Presented by Capital One on Monday, March 17, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and WatchESPN with some help from the cast of ABC’s hit drama series “Nashville”. ESPN’s Final Four studio team of host Kevin Negandhi and veteran analysts Kara Lawson and Rebecca Lobo will be on hand for in-depth analysis.
Negandhi, Lawson and Lobo will be joined by espnW.com writer Mechelle Voepel to provide additional insight and analysis on ESPNU’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Special Extended Coverage Presented by Capital One at 8 p.m. The ESPNU show will include an exclusive interview with Carolayne Henry, the chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee.
The open of the 7 p.m. show will feature Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, stars of “Nashville”, welcoming the women’s basketball world to the Music City from the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn. In addition, Britton voiced “The Only Way I Know” – originally recorded by Jason Aldean featuring Luke Bryant and Eric Church – to be used throughout ESPN’s Selection Show and tournament telecasts. “Nashville” airs Wednesday nights at 10 p.m. ET on ABC.
· Bracket insight with analysis of each region and team, plus the players to watch as they vie for a Final Four spot in Nashville.
· Live look-ins at undefeated and second-ranked Notre Dame, No. 7 Baylor, No. 8 South Carolina and Fordham.
· Live interviews with Baylor’s Kim Mulkey and Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw on ESPN.
· Voepel joins the crew to provide her thoughts and analysis once the bracket is unveiled during the ESPNU show.
· An exclusive interview with NCAA Chair Henry on ESPNU.
· Baylor guard Odyssey Simms, Notre Dame guard Kayla McBride and South Carolina head coach Dawn Staley live on the ESPNU telecast.