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Women's NCAA tourney: New Orleans Region

“We’re coming in as an underdog as a No. 1 seed,” North Carolina’s Erlana Larkins says.

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“We’re coming in as an underdog as a No. 1 seed,” North Carolina’s Erlana Larkins says.

What's at stake when North Carolina and LSU collide? The winner will extend a streak of consecutive Final Four appearances, with the

top-seeded Tar Heels (33-2) seeking their third straight trip and the

second-seeded Tigers (30-5) seeking their fifth. UNC, by the way, has won 16 straight.

No. 1 North Carolina vs.

No. 2 LSU

UNC senior Erlana Larkins said she never thought the NCAA would send the top-seeded Tar Heels to play in LSU's back yard. "We're coming in as an underdog as a No. 1 seed," she said. Senior forward LaToya Pringle was huge Saturday, scoring 27 and grabbing 11 rebounds, but Larkins must be better than her 2-for-12 effort against Louisville. Meanwhile, Tigers senior center Sylvia Fowles was "held" to 12 points and 11 rebounds Saturday, and she'll face a talented Tar Heels frontcourt. The home crowd could be a huge advantage — the Tigers' only loss in their home state this season came against then-No. 1 Connecticut.

Time/TV: 7:30 tonight; ESPN (HD)

Women's NCAA tourney: New Orleans Region 03/30/08 [Last modified: Monday, March 31, 2008 5:47pm]

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