Knight and Day

POSTED BY: News Department
Monday, January 5, 2004 - 12:49 AM
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Bobby Knight dominated a press conference once again.

But instead of a profanity-laced tirade, the Texas Tech coach captivated his audience with warm words about Ohio State.

Knight was in a jovial mood after his Red Raiders defeated the Buckeyes 80-72 Sunday afternoon. It was Knight's first visit to his alma mater in five years, when he was the head coach at Indiana.

"I've never really forgotten about all Ohio State has done for me -- when I was here as a student and what it enabled me to do after that," said Knight, Ohio State class of 1962. "I have felt deep down more for Ohio State than any of the schools I've coached."

No surprise Knight was happy after the game. Texas Tech (12-2) shot 63 percent in the second half. Andre Emmett scored 27 points and grabbed eleven rebounds for the Red Raiders.

"We had no answer for Emmett -- then again, a lot of teams haven't had an answer for him," Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien said. "Emmett is the best player we've played against and is maybe the best player in the country."

Ohio State (8-5) shot 26 more times from the field but made six fewer field goals than Texas Tech. Nick Dials, a freshman and former walk-on, led the Buckeyes with 15 points.

"We had 13 turnovers and they had seven. They had 79 shots and we had 53," Knight said. "If I saw that stat before the game I would have gone back to Lubbock."

But instead, Knight praised the fans in Columbus for always being loyal to him.

"I think people have always been good to me here. I think there were a lot of people here who maybe rooted against me when I was playing here but for me whenever we played everybody else."

Texas Tech has now beaten three Big Ten teams in the last 13 days, defeating Iowa (65-59) and Minnesota (90-73).

Ohio State next plays at Illinois on Wednesday.

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