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Charlie Burgess and the Red Raiders will take on the Lobos on Saturday.

Charlie Burgess and the Red Raiders will take on the Lobos on Saturday.
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Dec. 12, 2007

Lubbock, TX -- The Red Raiders (6-3) travel to Albuquerque on Saturday, December 15 to face the Lobos of New Mexico (8-2). Tip-off is at 3 PM (Central).

Saturday's game can be seen on VERSUS. In Lubbock, the game will air on the following cable channels: Suddenlink -- channel 45, DISH Network -- channel 151, DirecTV -- channel 603. Please check your cable listings for the Texas Tech coverage in your area.

Since the 2001-2002 season, the Red Raiders are 66-20 (.767) in non-conference games under Coach Knight: 2001-2002 (11-1), 2002-2003 (10-1), 2003-2004 (12-2), 2004-2005 (8-3), 2005-2006 (8-6), 2006-2007 (11-4), and 2007-2008 (6-3).

Mark Finkner will call the courtside action along with Corky Oglesby as analyst on the Texas Tech Sports Network local stations KQBR-FM 99.5 and KKAM-AM 1340. Sirius Radio will carry the game on channel 123.

The Red Raiders and the Lobos are meeting for the 82nd time since the series began on Feb 24, 1931. Overall, the Raiders hold a three game edge in the series, 42-39. Texas Tech has a 22-14 margin in Lubbock and has won both neutral site games while New Mexico has a 25-18 lead when the teams have played in Albuquerque.

Last season, the Red Raiders edged the Lobos (70-68) on New Year's Day in Lubbock as Bob Knight earned his 880th career win to move ahead of his good friend Dean Smith to become the NCAA's winningest coach.

The Lobos are 8-2 for the 2007-2008 season with Steve Alford as the new head coach. The Lobos opened the season with seven wins before losing at Ole Miss (85-77) and at New Mexico State (71-62). In their last outing, the Lobos topped San Diego in Albuquerque, 57-47.

Bob Knight and Steve Alford have known one another for over 25 years. Steve was a two-time All-American at IU for Bob Knight. They were national champions in 1987. This will be the fifth meeting between the two coaches with Bob Knight having won three of those meetings.

 

 

New Mexico averages 74.3 points per game while allowing their opponents 58.4 points per game. They also have three players averaging double figures for the season: Chad Toppert (12.0), J.R. Giddens (11.5), and Jamaal Smith (10.0).

Texas Tech's non-conference record stands at 6-3. The Red Raiders have wins over UC Riverside (68-56), Stephen F. Austin (60-44), Alaska Anchorage (74-47), #14 Gonzaga (73-63), TCU (71-58), and Louisiana Tech (86-31). The three losses were at Sam Houston State (54-56), vs. # 22 Butler in the Great Alaska Shootout (71-81), and vs. Centenary (70-66) on December 1.

In the December 5 win over Louisiana Tech, the Red Raiders held a two-point edge (12-10) with 12:20 remaining in the first half. The Raiders then outscored the Bulldogs 29-2 for a 41-12 halftime lead. By the 11:34 mark in the second half, Texas Tech had outscored Louisiana Tech 42-1. The 55-point margin of victory against the Bulldogs equals the span against North Montana (109-54) on November 29, 1978 for the fourth largest margin of victory by a Red Raider team.

On December 22, the Red Raiders face the Stanford Cardinal in the Big 12 / Pac 10 Hardwood Series at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Tickets for Saturday's 3:30 PM game can be purchased at the American Airlines Center Ticket Office or at any Ticketmaster Outlet (www.ticketmaster.com). Be sure to stop by any O'Reilly Auto Parts location and pick-up a coupon good for $5.00 off any $29 or $39 ticket. (Coupons must be redeemed at the American Airlines Ticket Office)

Jane Piercy, Development Director for our Texas Tech University Libraries and her staff have an outstanding multimedia display highlighting Bob Knight's legendary career and recognizes him for his contributions and support of the Texas Tech Libraries. All students, faculty and staff were invited to a public reception with Coach Bob Knight on the opening evening (Thursday, Nov. 29) in the University Library Croslin Room.

"A Legacy of Giving: The Bob Knight Exhibit" is open to everyone and will be on display through February in the Croslin Room of the main library.

Be part of the exciting eleven 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 AT&T Stadium.

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