Knight's Raiders hoping for NCAA push

Wednesday, March 7th 2007, 9:15 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Texas Tech coach Bob Knight isn't about to guess whether his Red Raiders already have done enough to merit a spot in the NCAA tournament field.

Knight says he's not on the tournament committee and has no way of knowing.

Knight's leading scorer, Jarrius Jackson, thought it best that Tech make a strong last impression at the Big 12 tournament, starting Thursday against Colorado.

The Red Raiders (20-and-11, 9-and-7 Big 12) appeared to be in good position after consecutive wins against top-10 teams Kansas and Texas A-and-M back in January.

But Tech followed those two impressive victories with Knight's longest losing streak in decades.

Along with Texas Tech, fourth-seeded Kansas State (21-and-10, 10-and-6) enters the conference tournament uncertain of its postseason fate, while other teams are still clinging to hope.

Other first-round matchups in Oklahoma City feature 6th-seeded Missouri against Baylor, 8th-seeded Iowa State against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State against number 10 seed Nebraska.