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Pat Knight has been fired as the head coach at Texas Tech, according to RedRaiderSports.com’s Chris Leval.
Knight was 50-60 overall in just more than three years on the job, which he inherited from his father, Bob, after he stepped down.
Texas Tech was 13-18 this season, though, and 5-11 in the Big 12. He had not taken the team to the NCAA Tournament — the best finish was a 19-16 season last year, ending in the NIT quarterfinals.
It should be noted that since Bob Knight left Texas Tech, it has replaced its president and athletics director. The predecessors were “Knight guys,” while the new guys in those positions hold no such allegiances.
With the win over Minnesota on Sunday, Penn State clinched the No. 6 seed and will play No. 11 Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network.
No. 8 Northwestern and No. 9 Minnesota play at 2:30 p.m. Thursday followed by No. 7 Michigan State against No. 10 Iowa. No. 1 seed Ohio State gets the winner of Northwestern-Minnesota on Friday. No. 2 Purdue gets the winner of Michigan State-Iowa and No. 3 Wisconsin gets the winner of Penn State-Indiana. No. 4 seed Michigan and No. 5 seed Illinois play each other.
The Big Ten’s release on the bracket follows. (more…)
For winning the Conference-USA championship last night with a win against East Carolina. It is the school’s first conference championship (that it has not shared) since 1990.
And also congrats to Bob Knight for being Bob Knight.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Indiana make it a perfect 0-fer on the road on Saturday, completing the regular season with a 72-48 loss to Illinois.
Indiana has not won a game on the road since Jan. 21, 2010 against Penn State.
The game was not bad — it was worse. The Illini, who lost to the Hoosiers in Bloomington earlier this season, scored 46 points in the first half (it scored 49 in the first meeting) and led by 19.
The Illini led by as much as 29 during the game, and forced Indiana into its worst offensive showing of the season. The Hoosiers shot 31.6 percent for the field — including 1-of-15 from Christian Watford and Jordan Hulls.
Demetri McCamey had 22 points to lead all scorers, and Mike Davis had 13 points and nine rebounds.
The Illini, who may have secured an NCAA Tournament bid with the win (they are now 19-12 overall and 9-9 in the Big Ten), shot 54.3 percent from the field in the first half, including 5-of-11 from 3-point range. They did not play the second half with the same level of energy, but it hardly mattered.
With the loss, Indiana finishes in last place in the Big Ten and will be the No. 11 seed in next week’s Big Ten Tournament. The opponent is still to be determined, but the game will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.
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