Red Raiders face off against Stanford

The Red Raiders will square off against the Stanford Cardinals on Sunday evening.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-2) will play the Stanford Cardinal (5-1) on Sunday in San Jose, California at the HP Pavilion.  Pete Newell, 91, will honor Texas Tech Coach Bob Knight for his career achievements prior to the start of the game by presenting him with the 2006 Pete Newell Challenge Career Achievement Award.

The Red Raiders are coming off of two road game wins, matching their wins total for all away games last season.  Bob Knight earned his 875th career victory as Texas Tech defeated Texas Christian 70-60 on Wednesday night in Fort Worth.  Charlie Burgess scored a team high 20 points, going 6 for 7 from the three-point line.   Tech's previous game ended in a dominating win over UTEP on November 25 by the score of 94-77.  The next two games for the Red Raiders are on the road as well (Stanford and Louisiana Tech). 

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Stanford Team Preview

Stanford posted a record of (16-14, 11-7) last season, finishing 4th in the Pacific-10 Conference with a trip to the NIT.  They lost three starters and while returning two.  Stanford's top returning scorer is Taj Finger who averaged 4.8 points per game last season.  A new addition to the team includes a pair of 7-foot twins, Brook and Robin Lopez, who are expected to make an immediate impact on the team especially through rebounding and defense.

This is a very young and inexperienced team that's lacking a primary scorer.  Lawrence Hill is currently averaging 15.3 points per game while Anthony Goods is at 14.  These two players are stepping it up and trying to fill the void in scoring and leadership.  The 7-foot Robin Lopez is third on the team in scoring, averaging 10.3 points per game.

Stanford's only loss came to Air Force in the second round of the CBE Classic earlier this year.  The Cardinal were no match for Air Force, losing 79-45, and were the only host school to not advance to the championship rounds in Kansas City, MO.  The Red Raiders lost to Air Force by 14 points, 67-53, in the consolation game of the CBE Classic.

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Keys to the Game

Rebounding.  We have got to find out a way to rebound better.  Tech is losing way too many opportunities for second chance points, resetting the shot clock, getting the ball back after a defensive rebound, etc.  At 6'5, Martin Zeno is the team's leading rebounder at 5.3 boards per game.  Darryl Dora, Esmir Rizvic, and Jon Plefka really need to turn it up a notch in the rebounding department.

Free Throw Shooting
. This needs to improve as well.  Tech's free throw percentage was excellent in the UTEP game (84.6%), so we know that we can do it.  Let's get consistent from the charity stripe.

Three-point Shooting. 
This is an area that I am very impressed with.  The Red Raiders have the #1 three-point percentage in the nation at 50.4%.  Let's keep knocking these down in similar fashion, but not solely rely on these in order to stay in games.

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Stanford has never lost at the Pete Newell Challenge, having won 8 years in a row.  This marks the initial meeting between Texas Tech and Stanford.  The game will be televised on CSTV at 5:30pm central time on Sunday, December 3, 2006.  The match-up will also be available live and on-demand as a pay-per-view event via Internet video streaming at cstvppv.com.     


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