Fans Hope To Witness Coach Knight's 900th Win - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/16/08

Fans Hope To Witness Coach Knight's 900th Win

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The cold weather couldn't stop Red Raider fans from lining up outside the United Spirit Arena Wednesday, because these fans hope to see Coach Bob Knight become the only men's basketball coach to achieve 900 wins.

Wednesday will mark the team's second attempt to change Coach Knight's record to 900 wins. Red Raider fans say the team needs their support more than ever as they face off against the 10th ranked A&M Aggies.

Almost a year ago fans rushed the court after the Texas Tech Red Raiders beat New Mexico giving Coach Bob Knight his 880th win.

"That was a good experience for sure to be witnessing a part of history, it was a really cool thing," says J.D. Neal, a Tech student.

Fans say you can expect a repeat performance should the Red Raiders defeat #10 Texas A&M changing Knight's record to 900 wins.

"Oh indeed, I rushed the field for OU. I will rush the court for this," says Adam Nobile, a Tech student.

While United Spirit Arena officials say they are expecting the biggest crowd of the season, they are staffing the arena as they would any other game. But students feel 900 wins merits some sort of celebration.

"I think it will be a very memorable thing to have a 900th win against such a good team like A&M. I think it could be a special night," says Neal.

"It's a big deal for Tech. Obviously, 880 was a big deal for Tech I think 900 is good for Tech also," says Adam Holcomb, a Tech student.

But until the doors open these fans have one concern - staying warm.

"I have on four layers of tops so that's a lot," says Holcomb.

"Run. It's the only thing I can think of to keep warm," says Nobile.

Once they make it inside, their spirit will be on full display.

"We were planning on painting something about 900," says Neal.

Support they say can, and will, make a difference.

"Momentum is not a physical object. The more fans you have out there the better your momentum is going to be and the more you're going to get out there and actually want to play to win," says Nobile.

Bob Knight Becomes Winningest Coach in NCAA Division One History
Long appreciated for his strategy and long questioned for his methods, Bob Knight added the crowning achievement to his Hall of Fame career by becoming the leader in Division I men's basketball victories when Texas Tech beat New Mexico 70-68 on Monday.

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