Texas Tech Capsule

Nickname: Red Raiders                    Coach: Bob Knight
Location: Lubbock, Texas                 Record at Texas Tech: 126-73
Conference: Big 12                       Career Record: 890-362
Overall Record: 21-12
Conference Record and Finish: 9-7, 5th

Seed, Region and Bid: 10th, East, At-Large
Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 14
NCAA Tournament Record: 8-14 (.364)
Final Four Appearances: 0
NCAA Tournament Championships: 0
Best NCAA Tournament Finish: REGIONAL SEMIFINALIST (2005)

Final ESPN/USA Today ranking: NR
Final Associated Press ranking: NR
Final Ratings Percentage Index: 53

Record vs. teams in the field: 4-5

F -- Jon Plefka (6-8, 245, Sr. -- 6.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg)
F -- Darryl Dora (6-9, 245, Sr. -- 5.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
G -- Martin Zeno (6-5, 208, Jr. -- 16.5 ppg, 3.2 apg)
G -- Charlie Burgess (6-1, 190, Jr. -- 8.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
G -- Jarrius Jackson (6-2, 185, Sr. -- 20.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg)

Key Reserves:
F -- Decensae White (6-6, 200, Fr. -- 4.4 ppg)
G -- Alan Voskuil (6-3, 175, So. -- 3.9 ppg)

(statistics before NCAA Tournament)

OUTLOOK: Once upon a time a Bob Knight-coached team was a
virtual lock to get through the first two rounds.  Not anymore
for the all-time coaching wins leader in Division I.  While the
Red Raiders recovered from a late five-game swoon to win their
final five of the regular season, none of the victories came
against the beasts of the Big 12 Conference.  Texas Tech does
get a favorable first-round matchup against struggling Boston
College, but a 66-45 beating at the hands of Kansas State in its
Big 12 tourney opener does little to allay fears that the Red
Raiders could make another early exit.  Not that there isn't
talent.  High-scoring Jackson leads a potent perimeter-based
attack for Tech, which enters the NCAAs as the No. 2 team in
3-point shooting percentage (41.6).  Guards Zeno and Burgess
must contribute on the offensive end because Red Raiders big men
Plefka and Dora are not forces inside.  Texas Tech takes care
of ball, but it gets outrebounded by a margin of five per game,
leaving the team far too reliant on the long-range shot.

NEXT GAME: Thursday vs. (7) Boston Coll. at Winston Salem, N.C.