Lady Vols earn No. 1 seed, will play in West Lafayette

The Lady Vols earned a top seed in the NCAA Tournament and will face Oral Roberts in West. Lafayette, Ind. on Sunday.

(AP) Connecticut's four seniors have never been to the Final Four. To get there before their college careers end, the Huskies must potentially get past Big East rival Rutgers in the Greensboro Regional.

The No. 1-seeded Huskies (32-1) will open against No. 16 Cornell on Sunday in Bridgeport, Conn.

The other No. 1 seeds are North Carolina, Tennessee and Maryland.

Connecticut, ranked atop the AP poll for 12 of the final 13 weeks, is hoping to get to the Final Four for the first time since 2004. The Huskies lost to LSU in the regional final last season.

If the Huskies don't get to the Final Four -- April 6-8 in Tampa, Fla. -- it will be the first Connecticut senior class in 20 years not to have played in at least the national semifinals.

No. 2 seed Rutgers handed Connecticut its lone loss during the season, beating the Huskies on Feb. 5 in a Big East matchup. Rutgers lost in the national championship game last season to Tennessee.

Defending champion Tennessee is the top seed in the Oklahoma City regional. The Lady Vols' bid for back-to-back national championships begins Sunday against Oral Roberts.

Others in the Oklahoma City regional are No. 8 Utah vs. No. 9 Purdue, No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 12 Southern Methodist, No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 13 Illinois State, No. 6 Arizona State vs. No. 11 Temple, No. 3 Duke vs. No. 14 Murray State, No. 7 Syracuse vs. No. 10 Hartford and No. 2 Texas A&M vs. No. 15 Texas-San Antonio.

Other games in the Greensboro regional are No. 8 Texas vs. No. 9 Minnesota, No. 5 Old Dominion vs. No. 12 Liberty, No. 4 Virginia vs. No. 13 UC Santa Barbara, No. 6 George Washington vs. No. 11 Auburn, No. 3 California vs. No. 14 San Diego, No. 7 Iowa State vs. No. 10 Georgia Tech and No. 2 Rutgers vs. No. 15 Robert Morris.

North Carolina earned the top seed in the New Orleans Regional. The Tar Heels open on Saturday against No. 16 Bucknell. The Tar Heels ran through the Atlantic Coast Conference undefeated. Their only two losses came against Tennessee and Connecticut.

Other games in the New Orleans regional are No. 8 Georgia vs No. 9 Iowa, No. 5 Kansas State vs. No. 12 Chattanooga, No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Miami (Ohio), No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Florida State, No. 3 Oklahoma State vs. No. 14 East Tennessee State, No. 7 Marist vs. No. 10 DePaul and No. 2 LSU vs. No. 15 Jackson State.

LSU has reached the Final Four the past four seasons.

OKLAHOMA CITY REGION

1. Tennessee
16. Oral Roberts
8. Utah
9. Purdue
5. Notre Dame
12. SMU
4. Oklahoma
13. Illinois State
6. Arizona State
11. Temple
3. Duke
14. Murray State
7. Syracuse
10. Hartford
2. Texas A&M
15. UT San Antonio


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