The 64-team tournament begins Saturday. UC Riverside, the Big West champion, notched a No. 14 seed in the Greensboro region and will play No. 3 Arizona State at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Galen Center. Duke, ranked atop the AP Poll for the final nine weeks, hopes for better results than the last time the Blue Devils finished No. 1 – the 2003-04 final poll. They lost to Minnesota in the regional finals that season. “We’re really excited. We’re playing all year long, hoping to get a chance to stay in Raleigh, and stay in Greensboro which is about an hour and 15 minutes down the road,” Duke coach Gail Goestenkors said. Others in the Greensboro regional are No. 8 Temple vs. No. 9 Nebraska, No. 4 Rutgers vs. No. 12 East Carolina, No. 5 Michigan State vs. No. 12 Delaware, No. 6 Louisville vs. No. 11 Brigham Young, No. 7 Bowling Green vs. No. 10 Oklahoma State, and No. 2 Vanderbilt vs. No. 15 Delaware State. In the West, LSU, which saw Pokey Chatman abruptly resign last Wednesday, is seeded No. 3 in the Fresno region. The Tigers will play UNC Asheville on Friday night in Austin, Texas with acting head coach Bob Starkey at the helm. “The kids have done a wonderful job,” Starkey said. “They are a very resilient bunch. They have been through difficult times with Sue Gunter’s death and Hurricane Katrina.” The defending champion Maryland Terrapins will face Ivy League champion Harvard on Sunday afternoon in Hartford. “The only team that’s going into the tournament knowing they can win it is Maryland, cause they’ve won it, and they’ve got a lot of the players back from the team that won it,” Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma said. West No. 1 seed Connecticut (29-3) will play No. 16 UMBC on Sunday in Hartford. If they advance past the first two rounds, the Huskies then must travel to Fresno for the regionals. The Huskies eventually could face No. 2 Stanford, which opens up at home against No. 15 Idaho State. The sentimental choice in Fresno might be North Carolina State and coach Kay Yow. The No. 4 Wolfpack, who have won 11 of the 13 games since Yow returned after breast cancer treatments, will play No. 13 Robert Morris on Sunday in the first round in the Raleigh subregional. Also in the West bracket, it will be: No. 5 Baylor vs. No. 12 Chattanooga, No. 6 Xavier vs. No. 11 West Virginia, and No. 7 Old Dominion vs. No. 10 Florida State. North Carolina, which won the ACC conference tournament, earned a No. 1 seed for the third straight season and will open Sunday against Prairie View. The Tar Heels are the top seed in the Dallas region. Other games in the region include No. 8 California vs. No. 9 Notre Dame, No. 5 George Washington vs. No. 12 Boise State, No. 4 Texas A&M vs. No. 13 Texas-Arlington, No. 6 Iowa State vs. No. 11 Washington, No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 14 Belmont, No. 7 Georgia Tech vs. No. 10 DePaul, and No. 2 Purdue vs. No. 15 Oral Roberts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Duke, Tennessee, Connecticut and North Carolina were selected Monday as the No. 1 seeds for the women’s NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils, who went 29-0 in the regular season and then lost to N.C. State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals, will open up against No. 16 Holy Cross on Sunday in Raleigh.