March 14, 2011
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By Pat Salvas
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - The UCF women's basketball team will learn the location of its first-round NCAA Tournament game and opponent during tonight's Selection Monday Special Presented by Capitol One on ESPN at 7 p.m. The Knights punched their ticket to the Big Dance with a 12-point win, 85-73, over defending champion Tulane Saturday night in El Paso to claim their second Conference USA Championship in the last three seasons.
During the show, which will be available on ESPN HD and simulcast on ESPN3.com, the complete 64-team bracket will be unveiled with teams learning which of the 16 predetermined sites around the nation where they will play their first- and second-round game. The Knights will play their first-round game on either Saturday or Sunday.
UCF earned its second automatic berth in three seasons by claiming the 2011 Conference USA Championship Saturday night at UTEP's Don Haskins Center. The Knights began their championship run with a tightly-played 51-47 come-from-behind victory over UAB Thursday in the quarterfinals before knocking off Memphis, 81-63, in Friday's semifinal contest.
The Knights will be making their fourth overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament (1996, 1999, 2009 and 2011). UCF last reached the tourney in 2009 after capturing its first C-USA championship by defeating Southern Miss in overtime, 65-54. In their first-round game that season, the No. 14 seeded Knights fell to No. 3 North Carolina, 85-80, in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Following the 7 p.m. selection show, an exclusive hour-long presentation will continue on ESPNU. Host Trey Wingo along with analysts Kara Lawson and Carolyn Peck will be joined by Doris Burke and Rebecca Lobo to breakdown the entire bracket on Selection Monday Special: Extended Coverage, set to begin at 8 p.m.
The Knights will all gather to learn their tournament destination and opponent Monday night at associate head coach Greg Brown's house. Members of the media will be on hand to get reaction from the players and coaches.