NCAA basketball

After experiencing the First Four for the first time, the 2022 women's NCAA tournament first-round games open Friday on the road to Minneapolis.

And one thing we'll be watching for is how strong teams look in countering the home-court advantage of the top-16 seeds.

The NCAA has a list of everything that will be different about the Division I women’s basketball tournament this year.

In a presentation given to media in early March, NCAA basketball leadership was sure to mention some changes that were almost comically specific.

When the men get a gift box that includes a notebook, a sleeveless hoodie and a baseball cap, the women will now get a gift box that includes a notebook, a sleeveless hoodie and a baseball cap.

And: The women will have a yogurt bar and a pasta station to match the men’s yogurt bar and pasta station.

At the Final Four, the women will now have lounges that include a Ping-Pong table, three big-screen televisions and 28 pillows, just like the men at the Final Four.

A year after the NCAA met with controversy for its disparate handling of the men’s and women’s tournaments, it announced a suite of moves designed to change the experience.

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