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Women’s Basketball preview: vs. (3) UCLA


 (6) Texas (19-9; 11-7 Big 12) versus (3) No. 9/9 UCLA (17-5; 11-4 Pac-12) 

Where: San Antonio, Texas 

Field: Alamodome (North Court) 

Date: Wednesday, March 24 

Time: 8 p.m. CT 

Television: ESPN2 (Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli, Holly Rowe) 

Radio: Longhorn IMG Radio Network (Craig Way, Eryn McMahan) 

Unequaled Series: Tied, 6-6 

• SETTING THE STAGE: Texas enters the second round of the NCAA Tournament enjoying some real success after a 19-point prevail upon eleventh cultivated Bradley on Monday night. In front of the Longhorns anticipates probably the hardest trial of the period in No. 3 seed UCLA. Hint at the Alamodome is set for 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2 Wednesday night. 

• NCAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY: With a success over Bradley, Texas improved to 43-21 (.581 win pct) unequaled in the NCAA Tournament. 28 of those successes have dropped by in any event 15 focuses, including a 19-point edge of triumph over the Braves Monday night in San Marcos. This year points the seventh-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance for Texas (2014-19, ’21). That streak does exclude the 2020 season, which was ended because of COVID-19 preceding the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship and ensuing NCAA Tournament determinations. 

• TURNING THEM OVER: Texas’ pressing factor protection has established a connection with the public and Big 12 details rankings this year. UT constrained a season-high 35 turnovers in a success over SMU on Nov. 25, and made 34 turnovers in its Big 12 opener at Kansas State on Dec. 21. Subsequently, the Longhorns lead the Big 12 in turnovers constrained per game (+17.5) and turnover edge (+5.46). The two imprints rank in the best 30 broadly this season.

Making OFFENSE FROM DEFENSE: Texas is using its safeguard to make offense this season, as the Longhorns has scored at any rate 20 focuses off turnovers in 14 games this season. The Longhorns posted a season-high 39 focuses off turnovers in the season opener versus SMU, and hit the 30-point mark in three-straight excursions against Drake (33 focuses), at Kansas State (38 focuses) and against Lamar (32 focuses). Texas is 13-1 when scoring in any event 20 focuses off turnovers this year. 

• CHASING CHARLI: Charli Collier, a Lisa Leslie Award finalist (country’s top place) and Second Team AP All-American this season, has been one of school ball’s top entertainers as a lesser. Entering the NCAA Tournament, she was averaging 20.1 focuses (No. 26 broadly/No. 3 Big 12) and 11.7 bounce back (No. 12/No. 2) per game. Moreover, broadly she positions third in twofold copies (17), eleventh in field objectives made (194), twelfth in conclusive focuses (542), seventh in free tosses made (141), 10th in hostile bounce back per game (4.6) and third in absolute bounce back (315).


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