Red Raiders Face Wildcats at Big 12 Championship
March 5, 2006
The Texas Tech Red Raiders (14-16, 6-10 Big 12) are seeded eighth in next week's Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship and will play the ninth-seeded Kansas State Wildcats (15-12, 6-10 Big 12) in the first game on Thursday, March 9 at 11:30 AM at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN Regional and nationally on ESPNU on Thursday morning with Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Paul Splittorff (color analyst) calling the action.
John Harris will call the courtside action along with Andy Hipsher as the analyst on the Texas Tech Sports Network (KKAM 1340 AM / KQBR 99.5 FM).
This will be the 20th meeting between the two teams since the series began on December 6, 1955. Overall, Kansas State leads the series 10-9. Texas Tech leads the series (6-4) when games have been played in Lubbock and on neutral courts (1-0). Kansas State has a 6-2 margin in Manhattan. The squads have met once in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship with Texas Tech (fifth-seed) gaining a 73-57 win over Kansas State (twelfth-seed) in the first Big 12 Championship in 1997.
The Red Raiders are 14-16 for the 2005-2006 season and 6-10 in Big 12 play after winning over Kansas State (70-56) at the United Spirit Arena on February 15, defeating Nebraska (70-64) on February 18, dropping a game to Oklahoma (71-70) on February 20, losing at Oklahoma State (74-63) on February 25, and in Waco (77-66) on March 1. The Raiders dropped their final home game to the Texas A&M Aggies (75-59) on March 4.
Texas Tech has two players averaging double figures for the season with Jarrius Jackson averaging 20.3 points per game and Martin Zeno scoring 13.9 points per game. After thirty games, the Raiders are averaging 68.1 points per game while their opponents are scoring 68.4 points per game.
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 868 victories. He is the youngest of the four coaches (Dean Smith-879, Adolph Rupp-876, Bob Knight-868, and Jim Phelan-830) and the only active coach to reach that remarkable plateau of 800 career victories.
Single session tickets for Texas Tech's first round game against Kansas State on Thursday morning are now on sale through the Texas Tech ticket office.
All-session passes are still on sale as well, but Red Raider fans who cannot attend the entire tournament can now purchase single session tickets for Thursday's game.
The Texas Tech ticket office has good side-court balcony seats available (sections 311-313) for $210 all-sessions or for $35 for a single session. Fans can also call 1-888-GO BIG 12 or go online at www.texastech.com to purchase tickets.