Saturday, March 19, 2016

NCAA tournament preview: No. 7 Texas vs. Alabama State

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When: 8 p.m. Saturday
Where: Erwin Center (16,500)
Records: Alabama State, 19-11; Texas, 28-4
Radio: 104.9, 1260
Note: Winner will play BYU-Missouri winner at 8 p.m. Monday.

Alabama State update
The Hornets beat Southern 55-51 a week ago to win their second straight SWAC Tournament championship. Tournament MVP Britney Wright scored 17 points in the victory while teammate Daniele Ewert added 12. … Jasmine Peeples holds the single-season team record of 95 blocks. She recently passed Gail Norris as the school’s all-time leader in blocks with 195. … Coach Freda Freeman-Jackson, who played at Alabama State, has a record of 275-258 in 18 seasons at her alma mater.

Texas update
Last season, senior post Imani Boyette combined for 51 points and 33 rebounds in three NCAA tournament games. … The Longhorns, who are making their 29th appearance in the NCAA tournament, hold a 35-27 all-time record. This will be the first time they have been the host for early round games since 2010. Texas has a 19-9 record in NCAA Tournament games at the Erwin Center. … This season is the fifth time Texas has been a No. 2 seed in the tournament. It also happened in 1983, 1984, 1989 and 2003. The Horns are 10-4 in tournament games when seeded No. 2.


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