2022 NCAA WBB Tournament: First/second round schedule – Raleigh

Wolfpack on the hunt for an NCAA title

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network
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RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC State Wolfpack earned a number one seed in the upcoming 2022 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament, as announced by the selection committee on Sunday.

With that recognition as the top team in the Bridgeport Region of the 68-team bracket comes the privilege to host first and second round games which will take place on Kay Yow Court at Reynolds Coliseum.

Local and visiting fans will be able to watch the play-in First Four game as Longwood and Mount St. Mary’s fight for the 16th seed in first-round play on Thursday at 7 p.m.

The winner will face the #1 Wolfpack at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The other opening-round matchup will take place earlier that day when #8 Washington State tips off against #9 Kansas State at 11:30 a.m.

ACC tops the bracket

Along with fellow #1 seed Louisville, NC State leads a total of eight Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) teams into play in the Tournament, tied for the most of any conference along with the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Triangle rival North Carolina, along with Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech also earned bids.

After winning its third consecutive ACC Tournament and winning the ACC regular-season crown for the first time in 32 years, NC State (29-3) earned its No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.

NC State is making its 27th NCAA Tournament appearance and fifth consecutive.

Notable: The ACC is the only conference with two No. 1 seeds and the league has had at least one No. 1 seed in each of past eight tournaments and 23 times overall. The ACC has had multiple No. 1 seeds in seven tournaments (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2018, 2019, 2022)…The 2022 championship is the first to have 68 teams. First Four games will be played Wednesday, March 16, and Thursday, March 17, at four of the top 16 host sites. First- and second-round games will be played Friday, March 18, through Monday, March 21, at the top 16 seeds.
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