If Texas takes care of business at home, the Longhorns’ potential journey to the Final Four in NCAA women’s basketball will take the Longhorns through Bridgeport, Conn.
Yes, in UConn’s region.
Before the Longhorns can look ahead to the Sweet 16, though, they will have to win a pair of games at the Erwin Center. Texas opens the NCAA Tournament against Alabama State at 8 p.m. Saturday. If the Horns prevail, they will play BYU or Missouri on Monday.
Texas is making its 29th all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament and holds an all-time NCAA Tournament record of 35-27. UT is hosting the NCAA First and Second Rounds for the first time since 2010 and the sixth time since 1997. Texas is 19-9 all-time in NCAA Tournament games played at home.The Longhorns are a No. 2 seed for the fifth time in program history (1983, 1984, 1989, 2003) and are 10-4 all-time as a No. 2 seed. It is Texas’ best NCAA Tournament seed since earning a No. 1 seed in 2004.
Texas has posted one of the finest regular seasons in program history, notching a 28-4 overall record and a 15-3 mark in Big 12 Conference play. The Longhorns have recorded their most overall victories since the 2003-04 season and tied the 2002-03 club with the most Big 12 Conference wins (15) in school history.
The Longhorns are 6-4 this season against teams ranked in the Associated Press Top-25 at game time. Texas also has a pair of top-10 victories to its credit this year. The Longhorns have been ranked among the nation’s top-15 teams the entire season, including ranking among the AP top-10 every week since Nov. 23. Texas spent six weeks ranked in the AP top-five.
The University of Texas women’s basketball team on Monday reached an historic milestone in the Associated Press poll. The Longhorns have made 500 all-time appearances in the AP poll for women’s basketball since it began in 1976.
Texas, which ranks seventh in this week’s AP poll, has joined Tennessee and Georgia as the only women’s basketball teams to appear in the weekly poll 500 times.
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