February 20, 2007

Texas hosts Tech with a lot on the line

When the No. 20 Texas Longhorns take the court tonight in the Frank Erwin Center, three goals set for the youthful group are in clear focus. If the Longhorns can beat a very good Texas Tech (17-10, 6-6) team, Texas will secure a top four finish in conference play with three games remaining. A 10th conference win would also likely punch the Longhorns' ticket to the NCAA Tournament, combined with a top four finish in Big 12 play as well as extending the streak of seasons with 20 or more wins to eight in a row.

If the Longhorns (19-7, 9-3) are to beat the Red Raiders Tuesday night, they will have to play a much better game than Saturday's 68-67 win against Baylor in Waco. Texas will also be facing a surging Texas Tech team that is coming off of a 77-75 road win against Texas A&M February 13 and a sound 95-74 defeat of Colorado in Lubbock Saturday.

The Red Raiders have been receiving spectacular play from senior guard Jarrius Jackson in recent games along with the steady play of junior forward Martin Zeno.

Jackson is the Red Raiders' leading scorer at 20.7 points per game, while Zeno has developed into one of the best all-around players in the Big 12 averaging 17 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

The Red Raiders enter Tuesday's game as one of the nations leading three-point shooting teams at 42.5 percent.

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