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March 15, 2011
No. 9 seed TEXAS (19-13, 7-9 Big 12) vs. No. 8 seed Marquette (23-8, 10-6 BIG EAST)
NCAA Championship First Round
Saturday, March 19, 2011 12:30 p.m. Central ESPN2
Thompson-Boling Arena (21,678) Knoxville, Tenn.
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised by ESPN2. Dave O'Brien (pxp) and Debbie Antonelli (analyst) will call the action.
RADIO: KVET-AM 1300 "The Zone" will broadcast Saturday's game between Texas and Marquette. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will handle the call.
TEXAS IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP: Texas is 32-23 (.582) all-time in NCAA Tournament games.
SERIES: Texas leads, 1-0. Last meeting: Texas 98-86 (Jan. 5, 1994; Austin)
IN SELECT COMPANY ... Texas is one of just five schools to have advanced to 25 or more NCAA Tournaments. The Longhorns are tied with Stanford for the fourth-most appearances in NCAA history.
NASH LEADING THE HORNS ... Senior guard Kathleen Nash averaged a team-best 13.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg and 34.0 mpg during Texas' appearances in Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship games against Missouri and Texas A&M. In six career NCAA Championship contests, Nash is contributing 9.1 ppg and 6.1 rpg.
GOESTENKORS IN THE BIG DANCE ... Head coach Gail Goestenkors sports a 37-16 (.698) all-time record in the NCAA Tournament. Goestenkors has led her teams to two NCAA Championship game appearances (1999, 2006), four Final Fours, seven Elite Eight showings and nine Sweet 16 appearances.
WINNING THE FIRST ONE ... Texas is 10-6 in NCAA Tournament First Round games since first making an appearance in 1985 (eight First Round byes).
TEXAS IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
Texas' at-large berth in the 2011 NCAA Championship marks its 25th overall appearance and fourth-consecutive under fourth-year head coach Gail Goestenkors. UT's 25 appearances tie it for the fourth-most NCAA showings (tied with Stanford).
Texas' NCAA Championship Quick Facts
All-time NCAA games/record - 55 games: 32-23 (.582)
Last NCAA appearance - 2010 (No. 6 seed)
NCAA Champions - 1986
Final Four appearances - 3 (1986, 1987, 2003)
Elite Eight appearances - 8 (1983-84, 1986-89, 1990, 2003)
Sweet 16 appearances - 11 (1983-90, 2002-04)
Texas' record in NCAA First Round - 10-6 (eight First Round byes)
GOESTENKORS IN THE BIG DANCE
Gail Goestenkors is no stranger to March Madness, as she has made 17-straight NCAA Championship appearances (1995-2009) and holds a 37-16 (.712) record in the Big Dance. During her 15-year tenure at Duke, Goestenkors' NCAA Championship resume included two NCAA Championship game appearances (1999, 2006), four Finals Fours (1999, 2002, 2003, 2006), seven Elite Eight showings (1998, 1999, 2002-06) and nine Sweet 16s (1998, 1999, 2000-07). Goestenkors is 1-3 in the NCAA Championship at Texas.
To say Texas has played a schedule that prepared it for the NCAA Tournament would be an understatement. Of Texas' 32 games this year, 14 have come against teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Additionally, the Longhorns faced three No. 1 seeds in Tennessee, Stanford and Baylor. UT holds a 3-12 record against NCAA Tournament-field opponents this season (two wins vs. Texas Tech, one win vs. Kansas State).
SERIES VS. MARQUETTE
Saturday's contest marks the second meeting between Texas and Marquette. UT leads the series 1-0 after winning a 98-86 decision on Jan. 5, 1994, in Austin. Head coach Gail Goestenkors sports a 2-0 all-time record against the Golden Eagles.
BIG EAST CONNECTIONS
First year assistant coach Ron Hughey (HUE-ee) knows a thing or two about Marquette University. While serving as an assistant coach at Rutgers in 2009-10, Hughey and the Scarlet Knights recorded a 75-64 win over the Golden Eagles on Jan. 23, 2010 in BIG EAST Conference play in Piscataway, N.J.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of Texas' historic 1986 national championship that included the first perfect season in NCAA history (34-0). The Longhorns captured the national title on March 30, 1986, with a 97-81 win over Southern California in Lexington, Ky. Members of the championship team were honored at halftime of Texas' Jan. 30 contest against Colorado in Austin.
Texas and Marquette share a pair of common opponents in USF and Cincinnati. In those contests, the Longhorns went 2-0 while the Golden Eagles were 1-1. UT defeated USF 83-65 (Dec. 20) in the finale of the BTI Classic in Las Vegas, Nev., and defeated Cincinnati 80-77 (Dec. 28) eight days later to begin the Maggie Dixon Surf `n Slam Classic (Torero Division) in San Diego, Calif.
OWNING THE BOARDS
Over the last four games, the Longhorns have out-rebounded their opponents by an average of 10.8 rpg. Texas held a double-digit lead in the category in three of its final four games leading (vs. Texas Tech [37-26], at Oklahoma State [52-37] and vs. Missouri [45-29]) before edging Texas A&M 36-35 in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship quarterfinals.
STARTERS LEADING SCORING EFFORT
Four of Texas' starting five are averaging double-figures over the last four games. Yvonne Anderson is leading the effort with 14.8 ppg. Chassidy Fussell is averaging 13.3, while Kathleen Nash and Ashleigh Fontenette are adding 11.3 and 10.3 ppg, respectively. Ashley Gayle is pulling down a team-high 8.5 rpg over the same stretch.