10 SEED INDIANA (20-12) VS. 7 SEED (#23/RV) TEXAS (23-9)
Friday, March 22, 2019 • 7 p.m. ET
Matthew Knight Arena • Eugene, Ore.
Broadcast: ESPN2 (Dave Pasch, LaChina Robinson)
ABOUT THE LONGHONRS
Texas comes in after falling in the Big 12 semifinals to No. 19 Iowa State on March 10. They are led by junior guard Sug Sutton (12.8 ppg., 5.3 apg.) and junior guard/forward Joyner Holmes (11.8 ppg., 6.5 rpg.) who returned from injury eight games in. As a team, the Longhorns finished third in the Big Ten this season, going 12-6. UT averages 70.7 points per game while shooting 44.3 percent from the floor.
Texas leads 1-0
12/3/82 – L, 79-86 (Lincoln, Neb.)
Indiana earned an at-large bid in to the NCAA Tournament. It marks the program’s sixth bid into the Big Dance and the program’s fifth at-large berth. IU appeared in the tournament most recently in 2016 and in 1983, 1994, 1995 and 2002 and are 2-5 all-time.
Redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg leads the team in scoring with 16.0 points per game and 4.7 assists per outing. Since her return from injury on Feb. 21, the Columbus, Ind. native is averaging 19.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game as she earned a place on the Big Ten All-Tournament team for her back-to-back 20-point plus scoring games in the Big Ten Tournament.
Sophomore guard Jaelynn Penn (13.6 ppg.) and redshirt junior forward Brenna Wise (12.3 ppg., 7.0 rpb.) also add double figure averages for Indiana.
Friday’s game will serve as a homecoming of sorts for sophomore guard Bendu Yeaney who hails from nearby Portland, Ore. Yeaney, who played high school at St. Mary’s Academy, is the program’s only player in history who hails from the Beaver State.
Senior forward Kym Royster is the only player left on the roster from the 2016 NCAA Tournament appearance. The Newark, Ohio native averaged 7.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in two games as a freshman against Georgia and Notre Dame.
A win over Minnesota in the Big Ten Tournament on March 7 gave IU its fourth-straight 20-win season. It’s the longest such streak in program history and the ninth 20-win season for the Hoosiers.
IU is one of six Big Ten programs to receive an at-large bid along with Iowa, Maryland, Rutgers, Michigan and Michigan State.
The winner of Friday’s game faces the winner of the No. 2 seed host Oregon Ducks and No. 15 Portland State on Sunday.