Red Raiders head to Alaska

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-1) travel north to Anchorage, Alaska to participate in the Great Alaskan Shootout. After the disappointing loss to Sam Houston State, Tech bounced back with a win against Stephen F. Austin in Lubbock on Saturday.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-1) travel north to Anchorage, Alaska to participate in the Great Alaskan Shootout.  Tech's first opponent will be the host school, Division II University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) (2-0), on Thanksgiving Day at 8:00pm (Central Time) at Sullivan Arena. 

Bob Knight earned his 892nd career victory after Tech defeated Stephen F. Austin 60-44 in Lubbock last Saturday. Sam Houston State delivered an early season loss (56-54) last week to the Red Raiders, who are still trying to find their identity. This team is led by senior Martin Zeno, averaging 19.3 points per game, junior Alan Voskuil at 13 ppg, and freshman John Roberson at 7.7 ppg.

If Tech advances past UAA, they would play the winner of Western Kentucky/Gonzaga game on Friday at 10:30pm.  If not, they would player the loser of this game at 5:00pm on Friday. 

Click here for the Great Alaskan Shootout Bracket: Link

Ranked Teams Participating:
Two teams participating in this year's tournament are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll:

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Gonzaga - #14 (Last Game – defeated UC Riverside 84-48)
Butler - #22 (Last Game – defeated Evansville 60-47)

This is the 2nd meeting between Texas Tech and Alaska Anchorage, with UAA leading the series 1-0.  Last Game - Great Alaskan Shootout – 1990 (Tech 58, UAA 70).

The game will be broadcast on ESPN360.  Check your Internet Service Provider for availability. will feature live audio (sign up through ‘Splash Zone') of the KUDO radio broadcasts.  Live Stats will be available at for all games.

The Red Raiders will return to the United Spirit Arena to play the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University on November 28th at 7:00pm

University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves

Record – (19-9)
Postseason – NCAA Division II Tournament – First Round Loss to #4 Humboldt State (68-61)
Coach – Rusty Osborne (4th season)

The Seawolves have recorded at least one win in the past 5 years of this tournament. 

Seniors Luke Cooper (point guard - 8.5 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 10.0 apg, 3.0 spg), Carl Arts (forward - 17.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.5 apg, .464 FG, 6-7 FT) and McCade Olsen (center - 13.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, .550 FG, 4-4 FT) are returning starters who bring leadership and experience to this team.  The Seawolves have two Division 1 transfers in guard Chris Bryant (Drake University) and guard Doug Hardy (Idaho State University) who look to contribute as well.

Keys to the Game

1. Turning up the Offense
– Tech is averaging only 60.6 points per contest.  The defense has played well, but it is time for the offense to turn it up a notch.  The team is young and needs to get acclimated with the motion offense quickly.

2. Rebounding
– Tech has been out-rebounded 101 to 88 in the last three games.

3. Reducing Turnovers
– Protect the ball.  The Red Raiders are 10th in the Big 12 Conference in assist-to-turnover ratio.  (30 to 58

4. Better Free Throw Shooting
– this needs improvement and consistency.  Tech is averaging 62.1% from the charity stripe, which is 9th in the Big 12.


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