The Lady Vols will face UCLA in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament as an 11 seed.
The selection committee announced Sunday that Tennessee was one of eight teams being considered for four at-large spots. One of the eight, Princeton, cliniched a berth shortly after the announcement, narrowing the list to seven.
The NCAA’s bracket announcement was moved up two hours after the full bracket was accidentally displayed during an ESPNU broadcast and screenshots began to circulate online.
ESPN addressed the mistake in a statement:
“In working with the NCAA to prepare for tonight’s Women’s Selection Special we received the bracket, similar to years past. In the midst of our preparation, the bracket was mistakenly posted on ESPNU. We deeply regret the error and extend our apology to the NCAA and the women’s basketball community. We will conduct a thorough review of our process to ensure it doesn’t happen in the future. We will now broadcast the full bracket at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2, and the regularly-scheduled show on ESPN at 7 p.m.”
The NCAA also issued a statement Monday afternoon saying:
An unfortunate techincal error by ESPN revealed the 2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship bracket earlier today. We regret the network’s mistake and are working with our partners at ESPN to prevent similiar errors in future years. We look forward to collaborating with ESPN to bring fans exciting women’s basketball tournament coverage throughout the remainder of the championship.
The Lady Vols will play in the Albany region against No. 6 UCLA in College Park, Maryland, on Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2.
Tennessee has appeared in every NCAA Tournament since the event began in 1982.