Game #8: UT-Pan American (3-6) at No. 22/No. 25 Texas (6-1)
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006; 7 p.m. (Central)
Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas
Radio: KVET 1300 AM The Zone
O-Zone (Student Section) Giveaways: $25 Maudie's Tex-Mex gift card
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Teams at A Glance
National Rankings: Texas: #22, Associated Press Top 25 Poll, #25, USA Today/ESPN Poll
The Coaches: Texas Head Coach Jody Conradt (Baylor '63): 38th year overall: 1,182 games: 888-294 (.751); 31st year at Texas: 1,003 games: 771-232
UTPA Head Coach DeAnn Craft (Central Florida '87): 19th season overall: 296 games: 141-155 (.476); 4th year at UTPA: 93 games: 37-56 (.398)
All-Time Series Record: 3rd meeting; Texas leads, 2-0 (1-0 at home, 1-0 at neutral site)
Win Streak: +2, Texas
Last Meeting: Texas 90, UT-Pan American 25 (Dec. 17, 2003 at Austin)
Conradt vs. UTPA: 2-0
Texas stands 6-1 and enters tonight's game against UT-Pan American (3-6) with a three-game win streak ... No. 22 UT is ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll for the fifth week in a row) ... Texas is off to its best start since a 7-0 start in 2003-04 ... In all-time series play, Texas stands 2-0 against UTPA ... The last time these two squads met was on Devc. 17, 2003 in Austin which was a 90-25 Longhorn win.
Texas Stat Leaders
Senior F Tiffany Jackson continues to lead the UT effort, averaging 19.6 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.6 blocks per game... Sophomore G Erika Arriaran chips in with 10.1 ppg, 2.9 apg and a team-high seven 3-pointers, while redshirt freshman F Earnesia Williams (8.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg), freshman G Niqky Hughes (7.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg and junior G Erneisha Bailey (7.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg) round out the stat leaders...
Texas in the NCAA Statistics
The first week of NCAA Division I statistics was released on Dec. 4 ... In the Division I team stats, Texas is No. 8 nationally in defense (allowing 50.1 ppg) and No. 12 in both scoring margin (+23.4, averaging 73.6 ppg to opponents' 50.1 ppg) and steals per game (13.7) ... UT also is No. 21 in blocked shots per game (5.4 bpg) and No. 22 in field goal percentage defense, limiting the opposition to 34.2 percent shooting accuracy.
Senior Tiffany Jackson ranks No. 17 nationally in individual steals (3.6 spg) and No. 32 in points (19.6 ppg).
A Look at UT-Pan American
The Lady Broncs are under the direction of fourth-year head coach DeAnn Craft ... The 3-6 squad has a five-game losing streak, and last played this weekend at the Air Force Tournament, losing to Western Michigan (95-77) and Yale (62-49) ... Leading the Lady Broncs are junior guards LeKeisha Gray (10.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and Tamara Vaughn (9.7 ppg) along with freshman F Aleeya Grigsby (9.2 ppg) and senior F MaHogany Daniel (5.3 ppg, 7.3 ppg) ... Gray and Vaughn have combined for 21 of UTPA's 39 3-pointers, with Gray shooting 11-for-36 (31%) and Vaughn (10-25, 40%) from long range.
This year, UTPA joined The United Basketball Conference (UBC), a scheduling alliance of Division I basketball independents which begins play in January 2007 ... Members are UTPA, North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Utah Valley State College and New Jersey Institute of Technology ... The UBC, not an NCAA-sanctioned league, allows these teams consistent scheduling when most teams are committed to their conference schedules.
Conclusion of Homestand, Then to No. 4 Duke and Home Against No. 6 Tennessee
The Longhorns finish their four-game homestand -- their longest of the year -- tonight against UT-Pan American ... Then, Texas faces its stiffest back-to-back competition of the year when it travels to Durham, N.C. to face No. 4 Duke (Sunday, Dec. 10, noon on ESPNU TV) ... One week later, Texas is at home to go up against No. 6 Tennessee on Sunday, Dec. 17 in an FSN-televised game from the Erwin Center with a 12:30 p.m. tip.
For the second year in a row, the Longhorns will play Duke and Tennessee in back-to-back games - and, for the second year, UT is the only team in the nation to meet these two top five teams in back-to-back contests ... Last year, Texas lost at Tennessee (102-61) when the Lady Vols were ranked No. 1 (USA Today/ESPN poll) and No. 2 (AP poll) ... UT then dropped an 84-70 decision to No. 1/No. 2 Duke in Austin on Dec. 4, in a game which saw UT lose freshman F Earneisa Williams and freshman PG Carla Cortijo for the year with knee injuries ... Texas then lost at Tennessee, There is only one other team (outside the SEC or ACC) which faces both Duke and Tennessee this year in non-conference games - Old Dominion ... To date, UT is 0-1 against the Top 25, losing at New Mexico (63-60, Nov. 17).
Strong at Home
The Longhorns have enjoyed great traditional success at home, and are off to a 6-0 record at the Erwin Center this season ... Last year was a struggle, however, as Texas finished 8-7 at the Erwin Center ... That 8-7 mark followed three great years where UT was 15-0 (2002-03 Final Four season), 16-0 (2003-04) and 13-1 (2004-05)... In all-time games at the Erwin Center, Texas is now 375-60 after 435 contests - an 86.2 winning percentage.
Texas Ranks No. 3 in All-Time AP Poll Appearances
Texas and head coach Jody Conradt rank No. 3 in all-time Associated Press Top 25 appearances... Since the AP Poll began in the mid-1980's, there have been 522 weeks of AP voting... Through games of Dec. 3, here are the top five "poll positions" established by particular Division I coaches during their tenures:
Coaches All Time Ranking Appearances (522 Possible Weeks of Rankings)
(through the Poll of Monday, Dec. 4, 2006)
1. Pat Summitt, Tennessee - 508 (missed just 14 polls in entire AP history)
2. Andy Landers, Georgia - 400
3. JODY CONRADT, TEXAS - 391
4. C. Vivian Stringer (3 schools - Cheyney, Iowa, Rutgers) - 349
5. Rene Portland (2 schools - St. Joseph, Penn St.) - 336