Name recognition

Tennessee and Texas began their women’s basketball series in 1978. The schools dip into the same recruiting pool for most of their players.

Tennessee coach Holly Warlick thinks the familiarity will impact preparation for Sunday’s latest meeting, most likely in a constructive manner for the Lady Vols.

At the very least, the scouting report should be easier to grasp.

“I think our kids probably understand Texas a little bit more than they do Albany and Syracuse,” said Warlick, referring to two of Tennessee’s recent opponents. “We see them a lot on TV, not that our kids didn’t respect the teams that we played. It is just a different style. I think they understand the sense of urgency to get ready for Texas. A lot of their friends are on that team. I just think they are more familiar with who is on that team and its style of play.”