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LOS ANGELES – 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.