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NCAA Tournament Dates, Times Have Been Set For Utah Women’s Basketball

Mar 13, 2023, 2:16 PM | Updated: Mar 17, 2023, 10:42 pm

SALT LAKE CITY – The stage has officially been set for the Utah women’s basketball team to host the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament at the Huntsman Center.

On Sunday the Utes were announced as a two-seed with the opportunity to host games at home. Monday the dates and times were solidified, with Utah tipping off on Friday, March 17 at 5:30 p.m. MT against the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs. A game will also be played between North Carolina and Princeton at 8:00 p.m. MT after the Utes and Bulldogs wrap up.

Utah and Princeton have advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and will play on Sunday, March 19 at the Huntsman Center. Tipoff is set for 5:00 p.m. MT and can be viewed on ESPNU.

 

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A Historic Season For The Utah Women

It’s been an incredible season so far for the Utah women as they have set new precedents and records for a program that had long been forgotten.

Utah women’s basketball has spent 12 consecutive weeks in the Top 10 of the AP Top 25 Poll, achieving their highest ranking in program history of No. 3 at one point after beating Stanford in the regular season. They currently sit at No. 8 heading into March Madness.

That win over the Cardinal a few weeks back yielded Utah’s first-ever piece of the regular season Pac-12 Title and helped them sweep postseason awards.

 

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Utah’s No. 2 seeding for the upcoming tournament is the highest in program history and it’s only the second time the Utes have made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances. (The first time was in 2008 and 2009.)

“I’m pleased that we got a two-seed,” head coach Lynne Roberts said. “I think we earned that over the course of the season. I know that Gardner-Webb always has a good team. We’ve got our work cut out for us. It’s always fun to play new teams that you don’t know much about and they don’t know much about you. We’re excited we get to host that’s been one of our goals the entire season.”

Michelle Bodkin is the Utah Utes Insider for KSLsports.com and host of both the Crimson Corner Podcast (SUBSCRIBE) and The Saturday Show (Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.) on The KSL Sports Zone. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @BodkinKSLsports

 

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