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Nebraska women want to go home _ with 2 wins in NCAA tournament

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    Fresno State's Bree Farley, center, grabs the ball during practice for the NCAA women's college basketball tournament on Friday, March 21, 2014, in Los Angeles. Fresno State is scheduled to play Nebraska in a first-round game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (The Associated Press)

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    Nebraska's Tear'a Laudermill looks to shoot during practice at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament on Friday, March 21, 2014, in Los Angeles. Nebraska iplays Fresno State in a first-round game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (The Associated Press)

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    North Carolina State's Kody Burke smiles during a news conference at the NCAA women's college basketball tournament on Friday, March 21, 2014, in Los Angeles. North Carolina State is scheduled to play BYU in a first-round game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (The Associated Press)

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    North Carolina State's Markeisha Gatling drives to the basket during practice for the NCAA women's college basketball tournament, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Los Angeles. North Carolina State is scheduled to play BYU in a first-round game Saturday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) (The Associated Press)

Nebraska came all the way to Los Angeles, and what the Cornhuskers really want is to go home.

First, though, they'll need to get two wins to return to their home arena in Lincoln, which will host an NCAA women's regional next weekend.

Led by Big Ten player of the year Jordan Hooper, the fourth-seeded Cornhuskers (25-6) face No. 13 seed Fresno State (22-10) in the first round Saturday at Pauley Pavilion on the UCLA campus. In the other game, fifth-seeded North Carolina State (25-7) plays 12th-seeded BYU (26-6).

Nebraska (25-6) has won 12 of its last 13 games, including four victories over Top 25 opponents and its first Big Ten tournament title. The Huskers haven't played in nearly two weeks.