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Mar. 1, 1998

LUBBOCK, Texas -- The Texas Tech Red Raiders will face Texas at 6:00 p.m. CT Thursday in Kansas City's Kemper Arena in the first round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament.

Tech (13-13, 7-9 Big 12) earned the seventh seed in the tournament, while Texas (12-16, 6-10) is the 10th seed in the 12-team field. Both Tech and Texas lost their final regular-season games on Saturday. Oklahoma handed the Red Raiders an 89-56 defeat in Lubbock, while Colorado beat the Longhorns 81-64 in Austin.

The winner of the Texas Tech-Texas game will play No. 2 seed Oklahoma State at 6:00 p.m. on Friday.

Texas has won three of the past four meetings between the two teams. UT won twice this season, 88-79 in Austin, and 82-80 in Lubbock. Kris Clack leads four Longhorns in double figures with 17.6 points per game. Freshman Chris Mihm has a team-high 8.0 rebounds. Fellow freshman Luke Axtell has made 64 three-pointers and is second on the team in scoring with 13.2 points per game.

Texas Tech leads the all-time series rivalry, 50-48. The Lonhgorns won three of the four SWC Post-Season Classic meetings between the two programs. The Red Raiders won the final SWC tourney in 1996 with a 75-73 victory in the championship game over UT.

The Red Raiders tied for seventh with Colorado and Kansas State at 7-9. Tech earned the seventh seed since Kansas State won the tiebreaker over the Buffaloes due to a better divisional record (5-5 to 3-7). The Red Raiders received the higher seed over K-State since they beat Wildcats 79-76 in Lubbock on January 21.

Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament
Kemper Arena - Kansas City, Mo.

Thursday, March 5
Game 1 - #9 Colorado vs. #8 Kansas State, Noon Game 2 - #12 Texas A&M vs. #5 Baylor, 2:20 p.m.* Game 3 - #10 Texas vs. #7 Texas Tech, 6 p.m. Game 4 - #11 Iowa State vs. #6 Missouri, 8:20 p.m.*

Friday, March 6
Game 5 - Winner Game 1 vs. #1 Kansas, Noon Game 6 - Winner Game 2 vs. #4 Nebraska, 2:20 p.m.* Game 7 - Winner Game 3 vs. #2 Oklahoma State, 6 p.m. Game 8 - Winner Game 4 vs. #3 Oklahoma, 8:20 p.m.*

Saturday, March 7
Game 9 - Winner Game 5 vs. Winner Game 6, 1 p.m. Game 10 - Winner Game 7 vs. Winner Game 8, 3:20 p.m.*

Sunday, March 8
Game 11 - Winner Game 9 vs. Winner Game 10, 2 p.m.

*or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the previous game Games 1-10 on Big 12 TV
Game 11 on ESPN




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