South Carolina top seed in Sioux Falls region, ASU No. 2

FILE- In this March 6, 2016, file photo, South Carolina guard Khadijah Sessions (5) shoots the ball in front of teammate A'ja Wilson (22) against Mississippi State during NCAA college basketball action in the Southeastern Conference women's tournament final in Jacksonville, Fla. South Carolina was named a No. 1 seeds in the women's NCAA Tournament that was revealed Monday, March 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough, File)
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina's run to a second straight Final Four will go through Sioux Falls, South Dakota – and most likely against several familiar foes.

The Gamecocks (31-1) are a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for a third consecutive season and have been placed in a region with No. 2 seed Arizona State (25-6), No. 3 seed Ohio State (24-7), both losers to Dawn Staley's club in November.

The fourth seed in the region, Syracuse (25-7), lost to South Carolina in a second-round NCAA matchup in Columbia last year. Also lurking are two South Eastern Conference opponents in No. 5 seed Florida (22-8) and No. 7 seed Tennessee (19-13).

The Gamecocks open play Friday night against Jacksonville (22-10), which is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance.