2005-06 By the numbers

19,334: Seating capacity for Boston's TD Banknorth Garden, site
of the Final Four.

2002: Last time a season began without Connecticut as the defending national champion.

1993: The first year the women's Final Four sold out in advance.

1,907: Career points for LSU's Seimone Augustus, the national player of the year last season.

882: Victories for Tennessee coach Pat Summitt, the most in Division I basketball, men's or women's.

500: The Associated Press preseason poll will be the 500th since the rankings began in 1976.

66: Hall of Fame coach Sue Gunter was 66 when she died Aug. 4.

36: Years Jody Conradt of Texas has coached, the most in Division I.

32: Teams in the first NCAA tournament in 1982.

25: The 2006 NCAA Tournament will be the 25th for women.

24: NCAA Tournament appearances by Tennessee and Louisiana Tech.

20' 6": Distance for the experimental 3-point line to be used in some tournaments this season.

20: Defending NCAA champion Baylor's winning streak.

16: Teams in the expanded Big East Conference.

10: Seconds a team will have to get the ball across halfcourt under another experimental rule.

6: NCAA championships won by Tennessee.

5: NCAA championships won by Connecticut.

3: NCAA championships won by schools other than Connecticut or Tennessee since 1995.

1: Coaches who have guided a team to the NCAA championship and played on a national championship team (Baylor's Kim Mulkey-Robertson played at Louisiana Tech).