Duke, Stanford Highlight Berkeley Regional Bracket

March 16, 2009

BERKELEY - Duke earned a No. 1 seed and nearby Stanford claimed the No. 2 seed in the Berkeley Regional of the NCAA women's basketball tournament that will be contested in Haas Pavilion on the Cal campus March 28-30.

Other high seeds in the field include No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Iowa State, No. 5 Tennessee and No. 6 Texas.

All-session tickets for the Berkeley Regional are $50 for sideline prime seats, $35 for end zone (adults), and $20 for youths (12 and under) and seniors (65+) in the end zone. Tickets may be ordered online at CalBears.com or by calling the Cal Athletic Ticket Office at (800) GO BEARS. For group ticket information, call (510) 642-4780.

Duke (26-5) travels to East Lansing, Mich., for its first-round match-up and opens play against 16th-seeded Austin Peay (17-15) on Sunday, with No. 8 seed Middle Tennessee State (28-5) facing host No. 9 Michigan State (20-10). The winners will meet Tuesday, March 24 to determine which school will make the trip to Berkeley.

Stanford (29-4), as the No. 2 seed in the region, will play 15th-seeded UC Santa Barbara (22-9) on Saturday in San Diego. The other teams at the site are seventh-seeded DePaul (23-9) and No. 10 seed San Diego State (23-7).

Third seed Ohio State (27-5) will be on its home floor to host 14th-seeded Sacred Heart (25-7), while No. 6 Texas (21-11) and No. 11 Mississippi State (22-9) will also travel to Columbus, Ohio.

Tennessee (22-10) is making its 28th appearance in the tournament and the Lady Vols have advanced to at least the Sweet 16 each year. They will face No. 12 Ball State (25-8) on Sunday on the campus of Western Kentucky in Bowling Green, Ky. No. 4 Iowa State (24-8) and No. 13 East Tennessee State (20-10) round out the Berkeley quadrant of the bracket.

Events at the Berkeley Regional get underway on Friday, March 27 with open practices in Haas Pavilion. The regional semifinals will take place Saturday, March 28 at 6 and 8:30 p.m., followed by the championship game to decide the regional's representative at the Final Four on Monday, March 30 at 6 p.m.

For more information about the Berkeley Regional, visit CalBears.com/BerkeleyRegional.

First- and Second-Round Match-ups in the Berkeley Regional

Games at East Lansing, Mich.
March 22
No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 Austin Peay
No. 8 Middle Tennessee State vs. No. 9 Michigan State

March 24
Duke/Austin Peay winner vs. Middle Tennessee State/Michigan State winner

Games at San Diego, Calif.
March 21
No. 2 Stanford vs. No. 15 UC Santa Barbara
No. 7 DePaul vs. No. 10 San Diego State

March 23
Stanford/UCSB winner vs. DePaul/San Diego State winner

Games at Columbus, Ohio
March 21
No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 14 Sacred Heart
No. 6 Texas vs. No. 11 Mississippi State

March 24
Ohio State/Sacred Heart winner vs. Texas/Mississippi State winner

Games at Bowling Green, Ky.
March 22
No. 4 Iowa State vs. No. 13 East Tennessee State
No. 5 Tennessee vs. No. 12 Ball State

March 24
Iowa State/ETSU winner vs. Tennessee/Ball State winner

Berkeley Regional Schedule

Saturday, March 28
East Lansing winner vs. Bowling Green winner
San Diego winner vs. Columbus winner

Monday, March 30
Regional championship

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