UT (26-4) will face No. 6 national seed Southern California (30-5) on Saturday night at 8 p.m. CT in Austin. The match will be telecast on ESPNU. Should Texas advance, the Longhorns would face the winner of Michigan-Stanford in one of two national semifinals next Thursday.
Unlike last season, Iowa State will not join Texas in regional final play as the Cyclones were swept by No. 2 national seed Stanford (31-3) in Berkeley, Calif. ISU finishes the 2012 season with a 22-8 record, three of the league's individual award winners and its fifth regional semifinal appearance in program history. The Cyclones were the only squad to beat Texas in Big 12 play this season and had entered the evening with a 12-match win streak.
UT has advanced to the regional finals each year since 2006, including trips to the national semifinal match in 2010 and 2008 plus an appearance in the national championship in 2009. This is Texas' 18th regional finals appearance all-time.
The Big 12 has sent at least one team to a regional final since 2004 and has advanced at least one team in all but one season since 1996 with a total of 25 appearances overall. The league is 10-14 in regional final matches with Texas holding a 7-10 mark in the round all-time.
The Big 12 is 76-23 in NCAA first round action, 45-34 in second round play, 25-20 in regional semifinals and 162-99 overall.
Each quarterfinal/regional winner will advance to semifinal action in Louisville, Ky., held Thursday, Dec. 13 at 6 or 8 p.m. CT at the KFC YUM! Center. The national championship match will be played at 6 p.m. CT on Saturday, Dec. 15. Both the national semifinal and national championship will be on ESPN2/ESPN3.
BIG 12 IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
FIRST ROUND RESULTS
Thursday, Nov. 29
No. 3 Texas 3, Colgate 0
No. 15 Iowa State 3, IP Fort Wayne 2
Northern Iowa 3, Kansas State 0
Friday, Nov. 30
Oklahoma 3, Arizona State 2
No. 11 Kansas 3, Cleveland State 1
SECOND ROUND RESULTS
Friday, Nov. 30
No. 3 Texas 3, Texas A&M 1
No. 15 Iowa State 3, North Carolina 2
Saturday, Dec. 1
Wichita State 3, No. 11 Kansas 1, 6:30 p.m.
No. 12 BYU 3, Oklahoma 0
REGIONAL SEMIFINAL RESULTS
Friday, Dec. 7
No. 3 Texas 3, No. 14 Florida 0
No. 2 Stanford 3, No. 15 Iowa State 0
Saturday, Dec. 8
No. 6 Southern California at No. 3 Texas, 8:00 p.m. - Austin, Texas [ESPNU]