Men's Hoops Seventh Seed at Big 12 Tournament|
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
Thursday, March 5
Friday, March 6
Saturday, March 7
Sunday, March 8
*or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the previous game Games 1-10 on Big 12 TV