Dec. 10, 2008
No. 6/5 TEXAS (8-0) vs. No. 7/10 TENNESSEE (6-1)
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2008 • 1 p.m. Central
Frank Erwin Center (16,755) • Austin, Texas
GAME DAY QUICK FACTS
TELEVISION: The game will be televised by FSN (Ch. 54 on Time Warner Cable in Austin). Kevin Eschenfelder (pxp) and Debbie Antonelli (analyst) will call the action.
RADIO: KVET (1300 AM Sportsradio The Zone) will broadcast Sunday’s game between Texas and Tennessee. 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: Watch Texas Basketball home games free on TexasSports.TV. (Note: Due to Big 12 Conference television contracts, home games are available for viewing 72 hours after completion of the game.)
SERIES: Tennessee leads, 18-11. Last meeting: Tennessee 92-67 (Nov. 18, 2007; Knoxville, Tenn.)
Pack the House
Sunday's game is part of the NCAA Pack the House Challenge, a national initiative and competition among conferences to raise awareness of women's basketball and build its existing fan base. The challenge for each institution is to increase attendance and diversify its audience for the highlighted game.
Coach G and the Longhorns will host a post-game Q&A session in the Lone Star Room called "Texas Rewind." Admission is open to all, but space will be limited and on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Series vs. Tennessee
Sunday’s contest marks the 30th meeting between Texas and Tennessee. Tennessee leads the all-time series 18-11. The series first began with an 84-60 Texas loss on Dec. 8, 1978, at a neutral site in the Mid-America Invitational. After that, the Longhorns went on to win seven of the next eight contests before the Lady Vols won the next 13 games. Over the last seven match ups, Texas leads 4-3, with four-straight wins in 2002 (Feb. 12 and Dec. 21), 2003 (Dec. 28) and 2004 (Nov. 25). Tennessee won last year’s contest in Knoxville, 92-67 (Nov. 18). Additionally, the Longhorns are 3-1 against the Lady Vols when ranked higher in the AP Poll.
A check of the polls
Texas is ranked No. 6 in the latest Associated Press poll (Dec. 8) and No. 5 in the latest ESPN/USA Today (Dec. 9) poll. The Longhorns are one of seven 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. 7/10 Tennessee (Dec. 14), No. 22/21 Arizona State (Dec. 18) and No. 21/23 Purdue (Jan. 5).
Passing it around
Through the first eight games of the 2008-09 season, the Longhorns have more than doubled their opponents in assists. Texas has recorded 152 assists to its opponents’ 65, with senior guard Carla Cortijo dishing out 48. UT is averaging 19.0 apg, a mark that ranks fourth nationally.
Texas has held its opponents to an average of 50.4 points per contest and a combined 30.2% FG shooting, including a 25-of-102 (.205) mark from three-point range. UT has held seven of its eight opponents to under 40% FG shooting and five to under 30% FG shooting.
Horns at home
Now in its 32nd year of play in the Frank Erwin Center, Texas has posted an all-time record of 398-68 (.854) in the building. Texas has an all-time 73-46 (.613) mark against AP Top 25 teams at home, and boasts a 3-2 record under second-year head coach Gail Goestenkors. The Horns have won 30 of their last 38 home contests, including their last six games in Austin.
Raven eyeing 1,000
Junior guard Brittainey Raven is on the verge of joining an elite club of Texas women’s basketball players. Raven needs just 79 more points to become the 33rd player in UT history to reach 1,000 career points. The last player to eclipse the 1K mark was current WNBA standout Tiffany Jackson who accomplished the feat over the course of her sophomore year (2004-05).
Texas has now started the season a perfect 8-0 six times in its 35-year history. The Longhorns first accomplished the feat in their third season, 1976-77, and last went 8-0 out of the gate in 1987-88. Additionally, head coach Gail Goestenkors has started the season 8-0 five times in her 17-year head coaching career.
Texas has outrebounded its opponents in all but one of its eight games. The Longhorns sport a +13.3 rebound margin (46.8-33.5) and have recorded at least a +10 advantage in six of their eight contests. UT posted a season-high 51 rebounds in its 87-38 win at FAU on Nov. 30.
Texas has converted 39.5% (49-of-124) from beyond the arc in its first eight games. Over the last four contests, UT has shot 40% or better from three-point range, including a season-high 8-of-17 performance (.471) performance at Ole Miss on Sunday, Dec. 7.