LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville and Kentucky will both be staying home to start the women's NCAA basketball tournament.
The Cardinals are hosting the first two rounds as the 3rd seed in the Dallas Regional and will host Central Arkansas to get things started Friday at 2:30 at the KFC Yum Center. The Sugar Bears are the Southland Conference Champions and will come in with a 28-3 record. The winner then gets either 6th seed Depaul or 11th seed James Madison Sunday.
Kentucky is also a number three seed and if the Wildcats keep winning, they would stay in Lexington all the way to the final four. They open with Big South Champion UNC-Asheville Saturday at 4:00 pm at Memorial Coliseum. The winner gets either Oklahoma or Purdue.
"It's just a really big feeling. A lot of emotion," said UK Guard Makayla Epps. "Whenever the Lexington Region came up, I felt butterflies in my stomach. I want to play at home. I want to play in Memorial. I want to play at Rupp. I want to play in front of the Big Blue Nation. It's all home games for us, as long as we handle business and get the job done. I feel like if we prepare really hard, then we'll be fine."
And Indiana is the 9 seed, also in the Lexington Regional. The Hoosiers open against 8th seeded Georgia in a 9:00 pm game, Saturday in South Bend, Indiana. The winner likely gets top seed Notre Dame Monday.
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