- The Washington Times - Monday, March 16, 2009

Maryland earned the No. 1 seed in the Raleigh region of the NCAA tournament after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season and tournament titles.

The Terps (28-4), who won the national title in 2006, will face Ivy League champion Dartmouth on Sunday at home in the opening round.

Connecticut, trying to achieve the fifth perfect season in NCAA history, was expected to be announced as the No. 1 overall seed later Monday.

Nine teams have entered the NCAA tournament unbeaten, and only four have emerged unscathed. UConn was the last in 2002.

The field went back to 16 first and second round sites for the first time since 2004, when it set an attendance record. The Final Four is scheduled for the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on April 5 and 7.

Big 12 champion Baylor earned the No. 2 seed in Raleigh and will play UT-San Antonio. In other games: Louisville vs. Liberty; Vanderbilt vs. W. Carolina; Kansas State vs. Drexel; LSU vs. Green Bay; South Dakota State vs. TCU; Villanova vs. Utah.

Despite losing in the Big 12 semifinals, the Oklahoma Sooners earned the No. 1 seed in the Oklahoma City region. Senior center Courtney Paris, who set an NCAA record with 112 straight double-doubles, has guaranteed she will pay back her scholarship if she doesn’t lead the Sooners to a title.

That path to the championship for the Sooners begins Sunday, when the team opens against Southwestern champion Prairie View A&M; in Ames, Iowa. Oklahoma could face host Iowa in the second round if the Hawkeyes can beat Georgia Tech.

In the other half of the region Auburn earned the second seed and will face Patriot League champion Lehigh, making its first appearance since 1997, in the opening round. The Tigers will travel up to Piscataway, N.J., where Rutgers faces tournament newcomer Virginia Commonwealth.

In other games, it’s North Carolina vs. UCF; Pittsburgh vs. Montana; Xavier vs. Gonzaga; Purdue vs. Charlotte; and Iowa vs. Georgia Tech.

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