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Junior Guard Charlie Burgess (Photo credit: Norvelle Kennedy)

Junior Guard Charlie Burgess (Photo credit: Norvelle Kennedy)
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Dec. 6, 2006

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-3) meet the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech (1-5) in Ruston, Louisiana, on Wednesday evening at the Thomas Assembly Center. Tip-off will be at 7:00 PM (Central).

The game will be televised on ESPN-Regional. Doug Greengard will deliver the play-by-play. Bob Weltlich will provide the analysis. The satellite coordinates for the game are: AMC 2 Transponder K 8. In Lubbock, KLBK-TV (CBS) will provide coverage of the game.

The Red Raiders lead the series with Louisiana Tech, 6-1. The teams met for the first time on December 20, 1939. Texas Tech has as 3-0 margin in Ruston and a 3-1 advantage in Lubbock. Louisiana Tech snapped Tech's six-game win streak with a 68-53 win in Lubbock last season. It was only the second non-conference loss for Coach Bob Knight in the United Spirit Arena in five seasons.

Texas Tech returns to the United Spirit Arena on Saturday, December 9, as they host the Gents of Centenary. Saturday's game begins at 1 PM and is the first home game for the Red Raiders since their win over North Dakota State (85-81) on November 17.

The Red Raiders opened the 2006-2007 season with four home wins (Sam Houston State, Gardner-Webb, UALR, and North Dakota State) and then suffered two neutral-site losses to #16 Marquette and Air Force in the CBE Classic semi-finals and consolation game before winning at UTEP (94-77) on November 25 and at TCU (70-60) on November 29.

In their most recent game, the Red Raiders lost to Stanford, 70-59, in the Pete Newell Challenge at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The Raiders were 9-of-25 in the first half as Stanford pulled out to an 11-point lead. In the second half, Texas Tech was 13-for-33 (.394) with Stanford 10-for-25 (.400). Prior to the game, Texas Tech head coach Bob Knight received the 2006 Pete Newell Challenge Career Achievement Award. Jarrius Jackson led all scorers with 21 points against the Stanford Cardinal. It's the seventh game this season he has scored at least 20 points.

Jarrius Jackson's 22.0 ppg is currently second in the Big 12 Conference. Martin Zeno is ninth with 16.0 ppg. Jay's 31 points against UTEP was his best this season and his third game with 30+ points in his career. Jay has scored in double-figures in 39-of-41 games over the past two seasons and he's scored 20 (or more) points in 25 of those games.

The Raiders have three players averaging double-figures for the season in Jarrius Jackson (22.0), Martin Zeno (16.0), and Charlie Burgess (10.0).

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).

As the Red Raiders continue the non-conference portion of the 2006-2007 season, Bob Knight has 875 career wins and is poised to pass Adolph Rupp (876) and Dean Smith (879) to become the all-time career wins leader.

Be a part of the exciting twelve remaining home games the Red Raider 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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