What Does Jackson’s Dismissal Mean for Red Raiders?

by David Mihm | October 31st, 2006

Jarrius Jackson, Texas Tech’s leading scorer, was dismissed today from the team for academic reasons: CNNSI has the story here.

To say the dismissal dampens the Red Raiders’ NCAA chances is an understatement. You can say what you want about the man, but Bobby Knight has always taken academics seriously, and credit him for sticking to his principles. With Jackson, TTU would have contended for the 2-3-4 slots in the Big XII. Without him, I’m not sure they’re tournament-worthy.

Last year was a bit of a tough go on offense at times for Tech…the question now becomes will their backcourt be able to stretch opposing defenses without the Big XII’s leading three-point shooter from a year ago? Martin Zeno, known more for his driving and rebounding, will really need to step up his outside shooting from 2005 (just under 30% from 3-Pt).

I know we’re a long way off, but I’d put the Red Raiders squarely on the NCAA Bubble right now.

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