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Texas Tech Meets Nebraska on Saturday

Jon Plefka and the Red Raiders head to Lincoln to play Nebraska.
Jon Plefka and the Red Raiders head to Lincoln to play Nebraska.

Feb. 17, 2006

The Texas Tech Red Raiders travel to Lincoln, Nebraska for Saturday afternoon's game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers beginning at 3 PM (Central). The game is televised on ESPN-Regional. Fred White will call the play-by-play. Charlie Spoonhour will provide the game analysis.

John Harris will provide the courtside action along with Andy Hipsher as analyst on the Texas Tech Sports Network (KKAM 1340 AM / KQBR 99.5 FM).

This will be the 21st meeting between the two teams since the series began on December 9, 1955. Overall, Nebraska leads the series 12-8. Texas Tech leads the series (6-4) for games played in Lubbock. Nebraska has a 7-2 margin in Lincoln and has won the only neutral site game. Last season, Texas Tech won at home (84-68) while the Cornhuskers won the previous game in Lincoln 72-44.

The Red Raiders are 13-12 for the 2005-2006 season and 5-6 in Big 12 play after their most home win over the Kansas State Wildcats on February 15.

Jon Plefka was the leading scorer for both teams with 16 points. Jon was 5-of-7 from the field (including 1-1 from beyond the three-point line) and 5-for-5 from the foul line. Martin Zeno earned his first double-double of his career with 11 rebounds and 11 points. He also had 4 assists, 5 steals, and 1 turnover.

Texas Tech has two players averaging double figures for the season with Jarrius Jackson averaging 19.0 points per game and Martin Zeno scoring 15.2 points per game. After twenty-five games, the Raiders are averaging 68.6 points per game while their opponents are scoring 67.7 points per game.

Nebraska is 16-8 for the season. The Cornhuskers were 10-3 during the non-conference portion of their season. The Huskers have a 6-5 record in conference play. They opened conference play with wins over Oklahoma (59-58) and at Kansas State (57-42). Then Nebraska lost three games: Iowa State (88-75), at Kansas (96-54), and at Colorado (81-59). The Cornhuskers then defeated Missouri (65-52), won at Oklahoma State (59-57) and topped Baylor (60-45). They lost to Kansas (69-48) on February 8 and at Texas (78-59) three days later. In their last game, Nebraska downed Iowa State (73-63) on February 15.

The Red Raiders continue Big 12 Conference play on Monday evening in the United Spirit Arena on ESPN's "Big Monday" at 8 PM as they face the Oklahoma Sooners.

Coach Bob Knight (Ohio State, 1962) enters his fifth season at the helm of the Raider program and has notched four consecutive 20+ wins in Lubbock. In 39 seasons of coaching, he has taken his teams to post-season play 36 times. Coach Knight is third among all coaches on the all-time career wins list with 867 victories. He is the youngest of the four coaches (Dean Smith-879, Adolph Rupp-876, Bob Knight-867, and Jim Phelan-830) and the only active coach to reach that remarkable plateau of 800 career victories.

ESPN's production of "KNIGHT SCHOOL" begins on Sunday, February 19, at 9 p.m. (Central). Playing for a legendary coach is a basketball player's dream. In six one-hour episodes, Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight instructs, demands, and encourages 16 Texas Tech hopefuls all vying for an opportunity to become a walk-on next season. It's not just free throws and fundamentals. It's a course in the game of life where talent, perseverance, and character prevail.

For tickets to Texas Tech men's basketball at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, please call (888) GO-BIG-12 or (806) 742-TECH or stop by the Texas Tech Athletic Ticket Office in the north end of Jones SBC Stadium. In addition, tickets can be purchased through the Texas Tech athletic website at and at area United Supermarkets and Select-a-Seat locations.



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