Dec. 4, 2008
Complete notes [PDF]
#9/6 TEXAS (7-0) vs. OLE MISS (7-0)
Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008 • 2 p.m. Central
C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum (9,061) • Oxford, Miss.
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
RADIO: KVET (98.1 FM) will broadcast Sunday's game between Texas and Ole Miss. Fans can also tune into XM Satellite Radio Ch. 231 for all of the action. Craig Way (pxp) and Carol Ross (analyst) will call the game.
INTERNET AUDIO: Listen to Texas Basketball games on subscription-based Yahoo! Sports College Broadcast.
INTERNET VIDEO: Available on OleMissSports.com.
SERIES: Texas leads, 4-1. Last meeting: Ole Miss 88-67 (Dec. 12, 1988; Oxford, Miss.)
Series vs. Ole Miss
Sunday's contest marks the sixth meeting between Texas and Ole Miss, and the first contest since 1988. The Longhorns hold a 4-1 lead in the all-time series. In the first meeting between the two schools, UT posted a 69-56 win on Dec. 19, 1981, at the SMU Invitational in Dallas, Texas. The Horns went on to defeat the Rebels in the next three games before falling 88-67 in Oxford, Miss., on Dec. 12, 1988.
Last time out: Florida Atlantic (Nov. 30)
Brittainey Raven scored 13 points to help No. 11 Texas (7-0) beat host Florida Atlantic 87-38 on Nov. 30 in the championship game of the FAU Thanksgiving Classic. Kathleen Nash and Carla Cortijo each added 12 points, while Erika Arriaran, Yvonne Anderson and Ashleigh Fontenette had 10 points. Texas improved on its best start since 2003-04 when it last went 7-0 to begin the season.
A check of the polls
Texas is ranked No. 9 in the latest Associated Press poll (Dec. 1) and No. 6 in the latest ESPN/USA Today (Dec. 2). The Longhorns are one of eight teams that remain undefeated in both polls. Texas will face three more teams that are currently ranked in both polls throughout the pre-conference season: No. 7/9 Tennessee (Dec. 14), No. 25/25 Arizona State (Dec. 18) and No. 17/20 Purdue (Jan. 5).
Texas finished the month of November with a perfect 7-0 record. Over the years, the Longhorns have recorded 15 spotless records in November months with their last coming in the 2003-04 season (6-0). UT is 121-27 (.818) all-time in the month of November.
Passing it around
Through the first seven games of the 2008-09 season, the Longhorns have more than doubled their opponents in assists. Texas has recorded 134 assists to its opponents' 55, with senior guard Carla Cortijo dishing out 41. UT is averaging 19.1 apg.
In its first seven games this year, Texas has held opponents to an average of 50.4 points per contest and a combined 30.8% FG shooting, including a 21-of-102 (.206) mark from three-point range. UT has held six of its first seven opponents to under 40% FG shooting and five to under 30% FG shooting.
Texas has now started the season a perfect 7-0 eight times in its 35-year history. The Longhorns first accomplished the feat in their third season, 1976-77, and last went 7-0 out of the gate in 2003-04. Additionally, head coach Gail Goestenkors has started the season 7-0 seven times in her 17-year head coaching career (six times while head coach of Duke), including her first two seasons at Duke.
Stacking up nationally
Texas is among the Top 10 in the nation in eight statistical categories. The Longhorns lead the nation in scoring margin (+36.6), are ranked third in both scoring offense (87.0) and field goal percentage (50.4).
Texas has outrebounded its opponent in all but one of its first seven games. The Longhorns sport a +13.3 rebound margin (46.7-33.4) and have recorded at least a +10 advantage in five of their seven contests. UT posted a season-high 51 rebounds in its 87-38 win at FAU on Nov. 30.
Success from beyond the arc
Texas has converted 38.3% (41-of-107) from beyond the arc in its first seven games. Over the last three contests, UT has shot 40% or better from three-point range. The Horns hit 9-of-20 (.450) three-pointers against Furman (Nov. 23), and followed with 4-of-10 against Georgia Tech (Nov. 29). Most recently, Texas went 6-of-14 (.429) from beyond the arc in its win at FAU (Nov. 30).