Texas Tech Hosts Centenary on Saturday

Martin Zeno and the Red Raiders take on Centenary at the United Spirit Arena.

Martin Zeno and the Red Raiders take on Centenary at the United Spirit Arena.
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Dec. 7, 2006

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders (7-3) host the Gents of Centenary (4-4) on Saturday afternoon at the United Spirit Arena. Tip-off will be at 1:00 PM (Central).

The game will be televised on the Texas Tech Television Network. Dave Shore will deliver the play-by-play with John Harris providing the analysis. The satellite coordinates for the game are AMC 2 Transponder K 8. In Lubbock, KAMC-TV (ABC) will provide coverage of the game.

With the Red Raider win at Louisiana Tech on Wednesday night, Coach Bob Knight now has 876 career wins, which equals Kentucky's Adolph Rupp career mark. Retired UNC Tarheel coach Dean Smith holds the top spot with 879 career wins. The Red Raiders return to the United Spirit Arena on Saturday, December 9 for their 1 PM contest against Centenary. It's the first home game for Texas Tech since November 17, when they downed North Dakota State 85-81.

Texas Tech has won each of the six meetings with Centenary since the series began on December 18, 1939. The Gents from Shreveport, Louisiana, are 4-4 for the 2006-2007 season.

The Centenary wins were against Texas State (91-85), vs. SE Missouri (83-51), UALR (69-59), and Nicholls State (84-71). The Gents have lost at TCU (66-72), vs. Utah State (71-77), vs. Rhode Island (82-92), and at Northwestern State (86-89). They have three players averaging double-figures: Larry Logan (13.9), Tyrone Hamilton (13.4), and Alexander Starr (12.6).

Eleven Red Raiders saw action against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs. Jay Jackson led all scorers with 21 points. Martin Zeno added 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists. Texas Tech led by six points at the half (33-27) and outscored the Bulldogs 33-32 in the second half for a 66-59 road win. It was the third road win for the Raiders in the 2006-2007 season. 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 as well as a neutral site contest against Stanford in San Jose, California. The Raiders won at UTEP (94-77) on November 25, at TCU (70-60) on November 29, and at Louisiana Tech (66-59) on December 6. Last season, Texas Tech won two road games (at New Mexico State and at Nebraska) and one neutral site game (vs. Kansas State in the Big 12 Championship).

Jarrius Jackson's 21.9 ppg is currently second in the Big 12 Conference. Martin Zeno is ninth with 16.2 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 40-of-42 games over the past two seasons and he's scored 20 (or more) points in 26 of those games.

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 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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