Lady Vols receive two seed, host Oral Roberts to open up tourney


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (release) -- The 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship bracket was unveiled Monday night on ESPN, and No. 2 seed Tennessee will meet No. 15 seed Oral Roberts on Saturday at approx. 1:45 p.m. in an Oklahoma City Region First Round game at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Syracuse and Creighton will meet in the other NCAA First Round game at 11:20 a.m., with the winner advancing to play the winner of the UT-ORU contest in the second round at 7 p.m. on Monday. ESPN2 will televise all three contests in high definition.

The winner of the NCAA Second Round game advances to the regional round in Oklahoma City, Okla., on March 31 and April 2. The Final Four will be held in New Orleans, La., on April 7 and 9.

Tennessee, 24-7 overall and the SEC's regular-season champion, is making its 32nd all-time appearance in the NCAA Championship and is the only school to earn a berth every season of the tourney's existence. The eight-time NCAA champion Lady Vols are 112-23 in NCAA play, posting the most victories and games in tourney history as well.

The Big Orange women are 48-1 all-time in the NCAA First or Second Round games, including a 38-0 record (19-0 in first round/19-0 second round) at home. The Lady Vols last hosted the NCAA First & Second Rounds in 2011, defeating Stetson (99-34) and Marquette (79-70).

Tennessee and Oral Roberts also played in the 2008 NCAA Tournament first round with the Lady Vols posting a 94-55 win on March 23 at West Lafayette, Ind.

All-session tickets to the NCAA First and Second Rounds in Knoxville include a ticket for all three games. First Session tickets include both First Round games on March 23, while Second Session tickets are for the Second Round game on March 25. Single-game tickets also are available for either day.

Tickets are available for purchase online at UTTix.com or by calling the Tennessee Ticket Office at 865-656-1200 or 800-332-8657. Tickets also may be purchased in person at the Tennessee Ticket Office, located in the northwest corner of Thompson-Boling Arena directly off Phillip Fulmer Way.

For more information about the NCAA First/Second Rounds in Knoxville, please go to: http://www.utsports.com/ot/13ncaa/.


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