The tenth-seed Texas Tech Red Raiders (21-12, 9-7) face the seventh-seed Boston College Eagles (20-11, 10-6) at 11:25am central time on Thursday in Winston-Salem, North Carolina,
at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the First Round of the 2007 NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball Championship.
This is the fourth time in six seasons that Coach Bob Knight has taken the Red Raiders to the NCAA Championships and, overall, his fifth post-season appearance for Texas Tech.
In the 2001-2002 season, the Raiders were 23-9 and lost in the First Round to Southern Illinois in Chicago. Texas Tech was 22-13 in the 2002-2003 season and advanced to and won the NIT Consolation Game.
In 2003-2004, the Red Raiders were 23-11 and lost to Saint Joseph's in the NCAA Second Round after defeating Charlotte in the First Round at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York.
Bob Knight took his Red Raider squad to the "Sweet Sixteen" in the 2004-2005 season with First and Second Round wins over UCLA (78-66) and Gonzaga (71-69) at the McKale Center in Tucson, Arizona, before falling (60-65) to the WV Mountaineers at "The Pit" in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
This season, Texas Tech enters the NCAA Championship having won 21 games after posting a 15-17 record for the 2005-2006 season.
Texas Tech and Boston College are meeting for the third time with each team having previously won a game. The Red Raiders won their initial meeting (84-78) on December 30, 1981, at the Gator Bowl Classic in Jacksonville, Florida. The Eagles won the following game (55-53) on March 15, 1985, in the NCAA Tournament played in Houston, Texas. Former Texas Tech player and current athletic director, Gerald Myers, coached both Red Raider squads.
The Red Raiders feature two players averaging double-figures for the 2006-2007 season. Jarrius Jackson averages 20.2 points per game while teammate Martin Zeno adds 16.5 points per game.
For each Red Raider game this season, Steve Dale will call the courtside action along with Ted Chidester as analyst on the Texas Tech Sports Network (KKAM 1340 AM and KQBR 99.5 FM).
The Texas Tech Ticket Office will take ticket order requests (priority ranked) beginning at 9 a.m. Monday morning for the match-up with Boston College. Each ticket will be $58 with
a limit of six tickets per customer plus a $10 fee per order.