The NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament has provided plenty of memorable moments over the years. UConn completing perfect seasons, Arike Ogunbowale's buzzer beaters, and Mississippi State ending the UConn streak are all up there for some of the most memorable moments in the history of women's college basketball.
All of those aforementioned events took place in an event called "The NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship," and not "March Madness." That's right, up until yesterday, there was no such thing as March Madness on the women's side. Why? Your guess is just as good as mine. We already saw the mess that was exposed last spring when comparing the NCAA's accommodations between the men's and women's tournament bubbles:
And now, March Madness on the women's side is officially on, as announced by the NCAA yesterday.
We get the logo on the court, the towels on the benches, and the signs throughout each arena. It's definitely tough when a good portion of the women's tournament goes head-to-head on TV with the men's, but no matter what, the ladies obviously deserve as many perks and benefits that the men do. Getting the re-branded tournament is certainly a start, and let's hope that the NCAA makes the right decisions with the future versions of "March Madness."
On today's episode of the Barstool Bench Mob, Marty Mush, Rico Bosco and I discussed this topic, the big time move by Belmont to move to the Missouri Valley Conference next year, some injury and transfer news throughout the country, and much more. This was our final September episode, and the next time you hear our voices, we will officially be in a month with college basketball (preseason) games. So, so close!