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Coach Matthew Mitchell To Host Pizza Party For Saturday's UK-IU Men's Showdown; UK Women Fac

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky women’s basketball head coach Matthew Mitchell (pictured with senior Janee Thompson) will provide free pizza to Wildcat fans in attendance at UK's NCAA Tournament first-round game vs. UNC Asheville at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, March 19. The pizza will be provided after Kentucky’s 4 p.m. ET tipoff vs. UNCA for fans that wish to stay around and watch the Kentucky men’s basketball team play Indiana in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on the video board. The men's game is slated to begin at 5:15 p.m. ET in Des Moines, Iowa

Fans must have a ticket for Saturday’s session and stay after to watch the men’s game on the video board to receive the free pizza. No fans will be allowed into Memorial Coliseum before or after the women’s basketball game vs. UNCA without a ticket and fans may not leave Memorial Coliseum and re-enter between or after games on Saturday.

Tickets may be purchased online at, in person at the Joe Craft Center Ticket Office or by calling the UK Ticket Office at 800-928-2287.

Single-session reserved tickets are $22 for adults (ages 19-64), $15 for youth (ages 0-18) and for seniors (ages 65+). Single-session group rate is $10 for groups of 10 or more people (bleacher side seating only). Contact the UK Ticket Office if interested in group seating. Every person, regardless of age, must have a ticket to enter the facility.

All-session ticket prices are $36 for adults (ages 19-64) and $24 for youth (0-18) and seniors (65+). All-session tickets are valid for two games on Saturday and one game on Monday. Fans are encouraged to purchase all-session tickets to secure the best possible seats.

All seating at Memorial Coliseum is reserved. Chairback seats are located on the west side (Sections A-J and AA-JJ). Bleacher seats are located on the east side (Sections R-Z and RR-ZZ). All seats in sections C-G rows 3-6 are chairbacks.

The UK Ticket Office and general public will call will open at 11:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, while player guest entrance will open at 12:30 p.m. ET on Saturday and is located at the Rose Street entrance of Memorial Coliseum.

No. 3 Seed Wildcats Open NCAA Tourney Against UNC Asheville Saturday At Memorial Coliseum

No. 12 UK women’s basketball team will begin its run in the 2016 NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET inside Memorial Coliseum when it faces 14th-seeded UNC Asheville. The game will air live on ESPN2 and tickets are available at

For the third time in program history and third year in a row, Kentucky has been selected to host the first and second rounds of the tournament inside historic Memorial Coliseum. The first round will be held Saturday and the second round Monday. The other first-round matchup Saturday features sixth-seeded Oklahoma against 11th-seeded Purdue at 1:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Kentucky is 17-12 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including a 13-6 record under Mitchell. The best finishes for UK came in the 2013, 2012, 2010 and 1982 when the Wildcats fell one win shy of the Final Four. Last season, UK fell in the second round. Over the last seven seasons, Kentucky has advanced to three Elite Eights and four Sweet 16s.

The Wildcats enter the event with a 23-7 record and ranked No. 12 in the latest Associated Press Top 25. UK has won eight of its last nine games, including six straight double-digit wins over conference foes for the first time in program history. Kentucky is 7-3 against ranked opponents this season for