Red Raiders roll, beat UALA 93-59

Bob Knight passed along a couple of love taps - these clearly in jest - during Texas Tech's 93-59 win over Arkansas-Little Rock on Tuesday night.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-0) smoked the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans (2-1) last night to advance to the Championship Rounds of the College Basketball Experience Classic. Tech plays the 16th ranked Marquette Golden Eagles in Kansas City, MO next Monday.

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Jay Jackson led the team in scoring with 21 points and Martin Zeno finished with 13. Darryl Dora was in his rhythm tonight shooting 6 for 8 from the field for 17 points. Tyler Hoffmeister, the winner of the hit ESPN reality show "Knight School", scored his first points as a Red Raider. The crowd roared in applause when he hit a jumper towards the end of the game. This team is really beginning to mesh together and will only improve more as the season progresses. This could be a special year.

Bob Knight brought in his 872nd win after a long 24 hours of the media taking shots at him. During a timeout at the Gardner-Webb game, Coach Knight was seen aggressively lifting the chin of Sophomore Forward Michael Prince in an effort to get eye contact from the young player. For the most part, commentators as well as those associated with college basketball felt that Coach Knight did not do anything wrong and that these encounters are essentially a part of coaching. Prince was quoted in the Lubbock-Avalanche Journal as saying, "He was trying to teach me and I had my head down, so he raised my chin up. He was telling me to go out there and don't be afraid to make mistakes. He said I was being too hard on myself."

Red Raider fans in attendance at the UALR game backed up Coach Knight by holding up supportive signs and applauding when he would give players a little tap on the head or rear-end. These love taps must have had some special powers associated with them because those who received them played great.

With offensive contributions being spread out considerably, Jay Jackson now has the weight of having to carry this team lifted off his shoulders. This may possibly create opportunities for him to become even more spectacular of a player. Jackson will climb up the list of Tech's all time leading scorers this year and could very well pass up Texas Tech legend, Andre Emmett, before it's all said and done. This team also looks like it has the chemistry it desperately needed last year.

Texas Tech's next game is Friday night against the North Dakota State Bison at the United Spirit Arena. The Bison return all five starters with Ben Woodside leading the team in scoring with 17.5 points per game last season.

This will be the first meeting between the two teams and it will air on the Texas Tech Television Network at 7:00pm.

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