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New format may force top seeds to play road games

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KNOXVILLE, TN (AP) -

The NCAA's drive to boost attendance for its women's tournament has the unintended consequence of potentially forcing three No. 1 seeds to go on the road and beat lower-seeded teams on their home floor.

Defending national champion Connecticut could meet fourth-seeded Nebraska at Lincoln in a regional semifinal. Tennessee, the No. 1 seed in the Louisville Regional, could face the Cardinals in its regional final. South Carolina, the No. 1 seed in the Stanford Regional, may have to beat Stanford with a Final Four berth at stake.

Last summer, the NCAA decided to allow schools to host regionals. The move was criticized by many coaches who said it gave host schools an unfair advantage. The NCAA has announced it will move back to neutral regional sites starting in 2015.

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