The Texas women’s basketball team will be a No. 3seed and play in the Lexington (Ky.) Regional when the NCAA tournament convenes this weekend.
In the first round, Texas will play host to Central Arkansas on Friday at the Erwin Center. The winner will play the winner of the Auburn-North Carolina game on Sunday for the right to play in the Sweet 16 round.
Notre Dame is the top seed in the Lexington Regional.
Texas has become the fourth team to reach the NCAA Women’s Tournament 30 times. The others are Tennessee (36), Georgia (32) and Stanford (31).
Defending national champion UConn is the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament and will open at home in Storrs, Conn. The Huskies have been placed in the Bridgeport (Conn.) regional, meaning they would not have to leave the state before the Final Four, which will be March 31-April 2 at America Airlines Center in Dallas.
The three other regionals will be played in Lexington (Ky.), Oklahoma City and Stockton (Calif.). Regionals in Lexington and Oklahoma City will be played March 24-26 and regionals in Bridgeport and Stockton are March 25-27.
The Women’s Final Four is returning to a Friday-Sunday format for the first time since 2002.
The top 16 seeds host the early rounds, provided they don’t have a facility conflict. Pac-12 tourney champ Stanford is unable to host because the league’s gymnastics championships are Saturday at Maples Pavilion. So, the Cardinal must win two games on the road to make the Sweet 16.