Social media reacts to the discrepancies between men's, women's NCAA Tournament living conditions

The NCAA basketball tournaments were expected to have their challenges this year due to COVID-19 and strict protocol that would have to be followed, but social media posts this week highlight the inequities between the men’s tournament in Indiana and the women’s in Texas.

Teams at the women’s tournament are spread across seven hotels in Texas and at least one of those facilities, there appears to be a disparity between weigh-training facilities. Videos and photos, including from the UConn men’s basketball team in a since-deleted tweet, show the men have access to numerous exercise machines and other lifting equipment. Images and videos shared from the women’s hotel show about a dozen dumbbells available for use.

Other images shared included a comparison in gift bags for players at both tournaments and criticism of the food options, with some people mentioning there are no vegan options. Oregon’s Sedona Prince was among those sharing a video, stating “If you are not upset about this problem, then you are part of it.”

NCAA vice president of women’s basketball Lynn Holzman said in a statement Thursday said part of the issue had to due with “limited space” but added that they are being “responsive” and “working to enhance existing resources at practice courts, including additional weigh training equipment.”

Here is a look at how social media is responding:

March Madness banners for the NCAA college basketball tournament cover crosswalks in downtown Indianapolis on Wednesday.

March Madness banners for the NCAA college basketball tournament cover crosswalks in downtown Indianapolis on Wednesday.

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