Texas Tech Meets Marquette in CBE Classic

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Nov. 19, 2006

Lubbock, TX -- The Texas Tech Red Raiders meet the 16th-ranked Golden Eagles of Marquette University on Monday evening at 8:30 PM (Central) in the second of two CBE Classic semi-final games at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, MO. Duke (#11) and Air Force take to the court at 6:00 PM (Central).

ESPN2 will televise the first game while the Texas Tech-Marquette game will be featured on ESPNU. Dan Shulman will call the play-by-play. Dick Vitale will provide the game analysis.

The Red Raiders earned the trip to the semi-finals by defeating Gardner-Webb, 86-74 in their opening game of the CBE Classic last Monday and then topped UALR, 93-59 the following evening in the Regional Championship Game at the United Spirit Arena. Jarrius Jackson was named the MVP for the Lubbock Region. Jay averaged 21.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 0 turnovers for the two-game series.

The Raiders are 4-0 for the season after an opening victory against Sam Houston State, 79-64 on November 11 and their most recent win on Saturday over North Dakota State, 85-81.

As the Red Raiders approach a new season, Bob Knight has 873 career wins and is poised to pass Adolph Rupp (876) and Dean Smith (879) to become the all-time career wins leader.

Sunday evening at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall in Kansas City, players and coaches will attend a reception for the inaugural class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. Dean Smith will join Oscar Robertson, Bill Russell, John Wooden, and the family of basketball founder Dr. James Naismith for induction ceremonies. The five were chosen by a panel to represent the founding class of about 180 players, coaches, and contributors already part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. Emmy Award-winning CBS analyst Billy Packer will serve as master of ceremonies. Presenters include Bob Knight, Larry Brown, Bill Walton, and Wayne Embry.

For each game this season, Steve Dale will call the courtside action along with Ted Chidester as analyst on the Texas Tech Sports Network (KKAM 1340 AM), the flagship station for the Red Raiders.

The 2006-2007 Red Raiders feature eight new players and ten returnees on their 18-man roster this season. There are five seniors (Darryl Dora, Jarrius Jackson, Tanner Ogden, Jon Plefka, and LucQuente White); four juniors (Charlie Burgess, Tyler Hoffmeister, Esmir Rizvic, and Martin Zeno); seven sophomores (Trevor Cook, Rogdrick Craig, Jay Mitchell, Michael Prince, Damir Suljagic, Benny Valentine, and Alan Voskuil); and two freshmen (Decensae White and Justin Wilkerson).

Be a part of the exciting twelve remaining home games the Red Raiders will play this season at the United Spirit Arena. To become a season ticket holder or to purchase tickets for Men's Basketball games at the United Spirit Arena, 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.




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