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March 17, 2014

OSU women to face Florida Gulf Coast; OU draws DePaul

Oklahoma State and Oklahoma learned their NCAA tournament destinations on Monday.

Oklahoma State (23-8) will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., to face No. 12 seed Florida Gulf Coast (26-7), champions of the Atlantic Sun Conference, at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the opening round of the women’s Division I NCAA basketball tournament.

The Cowgirls are the No. 5 seed in the Notre Dame Regional. The winner of the Oklahoma State-Florida Gulf Coast game will face either Purdue (21-8) or Mid-American Conference tournament champion Akron (23-9) in the next round.

Oklahoma (18-14) will play in the Lincoln Regional. The Lady Sooners are the No. 10 seed and will play No. 7 DePaul (27-6) out of the Big East Conference in an opening round game at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday in Durham, N.C.

The winner of the Oklahoma-DePaul contest will play either No. 2 seed Duke (27-6) out of the Atlantic Coast Conference, or No. 15 seed Winthrop (24-8), champions of the Big South Conference, in the next round.

The top-seed for the tournament is undefeated Connecticut (34-0). The other schools earning No. 1 seeds were Tennessee (27-5), Notre Dame (32-0) and South Carolina (27-4).

Big 12 champion Baylor (29-4) is the No. 2 seed in the Notre Dame Regional and will face No. 15 seed Western Kentucky on Saturday in an opening round game.

Wichitia State (26-5) is in the tournament as the No. 14 seed in the Stanford Regional, and plays No. 3 Penn State (22-7) on Sunday in a first-round game.

If the Huskies win the national championship it would be the fifth time Connecticut went undefeated in a season. It would be the first time that they won 40 games, joining Baylor as the only teams ever to accomplish that feat.

The defending national champions have won games by an average of 36 points. They open up at home against Prairie View A&M on Sunday night. The Lady Panthers became the ninth team to reach the NCAA tournament with a losing record when they won the Southwestern Conference championship.

Tennessee will be making its 33rd straight appearance in the NCAA tournament, getting into the field ever year. Five teams will be making their first trip — Akron, North Dakota, South Dakota, Winthrop and Wright State.

While those schools will be getting their first taste of the NCAAs, Chattanooga’s Jim Foster became the first coach to take four different teams to the NCAA tournament.

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