Texas Tech 82, Colorado 67

John Roberson scored 19 points, Nick Okorie added 18 and Texas

Tech overcame a sloppy start defensively to open the Big 12

tournament with an 82-67 victory over Colorado on Wednesday.

Texas Tech (17-14) has been plagued by shoddy defense since

reaching No. 16 in the polls midway through the season and started

off that way against Colorado. The ninth-seeded Red Raiders pulled

it together during a big first-half run and held on to end a

seven-game losing streak.

Texas Tech assured itself of a winning record to bolster its NIT

chances and keep alive its slim NCAA hopes. The Red Raiders move on

to face top-ranked Kansas in the quarterfinals Thursday.

Colorado (15-16) beat Texas Tech to end the regular season on a

three-game winning streak but became uncharacteristically careless

with the ball in the rematch, turning it over 19 times.