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NCAA Women’s basketball tournament 2016: Times, TV schedule and live stream for Saturday

The NCAA women’s tournament started Friday, as the field of 64 teams began the quest for the 2016 national title.

Three-time defending national champion and No. 1 overall seed UConn is on the cusp of history. The Huskies, who have won 116 of their last 117 contests, seek an unprecedented fourth consecutive title this year. They are led by senior All-America forward Breanna Stewart, who is averaging 19.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.1 blocks this season and is the three-time reigning Final Four Most Outstanding Player.

Other No. 1 seeds in the tournament include SEC champion South Carolina, ACC champion Notre Dame and Big 12 champion Baylor.

Today, the entire day of action will be covered on ESPN2, but outside of the opening UConn game (which is televised nationally) the other contests run in a regional format. Games will be televised in their entirety in the local markets, while the rest of the nation is treated to live “whip-around” coverage of the most exciting action. Every game can be streamed online at WatchESPN.

Saturday’s first-round schedule (all times Eastern)

No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 16 Robert Morris, 11:05 a.m.
No. 8 Seton Hall vs. No. 9 Duquesne, 12:30 p.m.
No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Iona, 1:30 p.m.
No. 5 Florida State vs. No. 12 Middle Tennessee, 1:30 p.m.
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Purdue, 1:30 p.m.
No. 3 Kentucky vs. No. 14 UNC Asheville, 4 p.m.
No. 4 Texas A&M vs. No. 13 Missouri State, 4 p.m.
No. 7 Washington vs. No. 10 Penn, 4 p.m.
No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 16 North Carolina A&T, 6:30 p.m.
No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Hawaii, 6:30 p.m.
No. 5 Miami vs. No. 12 South Dakota State, 6:30 p.m.
No. 7 BYU vs. No. 10 Missouri, 6:30 p.m.
No. 2 Texas vs. No. 15 Alabama State, 9 p.m.
No. 4 Stanford vs. No. 13 San Francisco, 9 p.m.
No. 6 South Florida vs. No. 11 Colorado State, 9 p.m.
No. 8 Georgia vs. No. 9 Indiana, 9 p.m.

March Madness 2016: Printable women’s NCAA tournament bracket

Before the women’s tournament begins, be sure to fill out SI’s printable brackethere.