Texas Tech's Knight 5th to win 800 games


LUBBOCK, Texas - When it comes to college basketball coaches, Bob Knight is in an elite ensemble.

Only two coaches have more national titles. Only one other has played on and coached a national championship team.

Last night, Knight was taking one more step toward the Division I career victory record.

Knight claimed his 800th victory as Texas Tech (13-5, 3-4) topped Big 12 rival Nebraska, 75-49, at United Spirit Arena. Andre Emmett led the Red Raiders with 24 points while Kasib Powell added 16.

Knight became the fifth men's coach and fourth in Division I to reach the 800-win plateau, joining Dean Smith (879) of North Carolina, Adolph Rupp (876) of Kentucky, Clarence "Bighouse" Gaines (828) of Winston-Salem State and Jim Phelan (827) of Mount Saint Mary's.

Knight, 800-303 during more than 36 seasons, guided three Indiana teams to national titles, winning in 1976, 1981 and 1987. The only coaches with more NCAA championships are UCLA's John Wooden (10) and Kentucky's Rupp (four).

After the victory, Knight took to the microphone and spoke to his supporters.

"I've had some milestones, but I've never had a milestone in front of a crowd that I appreciated so much," he said. "I appreciate very much the support that's been given us."

Johnny Rosenstein is a reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

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