RUSTON, La. (AP) -- Bob Knight reflected back on his own playing
days after his latest coaching milestone, summing up his thoughts
as only Knight can.
The 66-year-old Knight tied legendary Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp
for second place on the career victory list Wednesday night as
Texas Tech beat Louisiana Tech 66-59. Knight's 876th victory also
moved him within three of tying former North Carolina coach Dean
Smith for the most in Division I history.
When asked about tying Rupp, who coached at Kentucky from
1930-1972, Knight talked about the years he played at Ohio State.
"The thing I remember about Adolph Rupp is that one time I
scored seven points against the ornery son of a bitch to help beat
him," Knight said, referring to Ohio State's 87-74 victory over
the Wildcats in the 1961 NCAA tournament. "That's a lot bigger in
my memory than this."
The coach and his players did all they could to play down the
significance of the win.
When the final buzzer sounded, Knight quickly walked over to
shake hands with Louisiana Tech coach Keith Richard then headed off
the court with his head down. Except for one other salty comment
from Knight, neither he nor his players acknowledged the milestone
after the game.
Knight began his coaching career at Army in 1965. Six years
later he moved to Indiana, where he won three national
championships and coached for 29 seasons before being fired in 2000
for what school officials called a violation of a zero-tolerance
After a yearlong break, he took over at Texas Tech, which he has
led to four straight 20-win seasons.
Knight has always generated controversy along with his
victories, from his infamous chair-throwing tirade in 1985 to the
long series of incidents that led to his acrimonious departure from
He received criticism earlier this season when he aggressively
lifted forward Michael Prince's chin to get his attention during a
The Red Raiders' next game is Saturday at home against
Texas Tech scored the first six points of the game and never
trailed. The Red Raiders led 33-27 at halftime and expanded that
lead to 10 points in the early minutes of the second half.
A 10-2 run by Louisiana Tech narrowed the gap to 52-50 with 7:57
left. The Bulldogs twice got within a point but never tied the
With 1:56 to play, Louisiana Tech's Terry Parker tipped in a
rebound to make it 60-59. Darryl Dora followed with a basket at the
other end and Texas Tech scored the final six points of the game.
Freshman Kyle Gibson had 14 points for Louisiana Tech (1-6).