Game officials are warning that there will be no tolerance for any fan interference during Tuesday night’s matchup between the Texas Tech and University of Texas men’s basketball teams.
“There’s going to be a zero-tolerance policy from the officials about things on the floor,” TTU Associate Director of Athletics Robert Giovannetti said. “What you don’t want to do, if you look at any of the games we’ve had this year, we’ve had a lot of really close games. You don’t want two free throws, four free throws, those can make a difference. They can tip the scales and what you don’t want to do is be a part of that.”
According to the NBC affiliate, fan interference could result in technical fouls for the Red Raiders.
Organizers expect United Supermarkets Arena to be filled to its capacity of 15,000.
“We’ve had great crowds all year,” Giovannetti said. “We’ve had the best fans in the country. This place, the Red Raiders have been undefeated this year at home. This is a tough place to play. We expect that to continue. We expect our fans make this is a very difficult place for any opponent to come and play. What you want to do is just use your best judgment.”
Texas Tech Athletics will be deploying more law enforcement on the arena grounds on game day and more security for both universities.
“You’re not part of the game,” Giovannetti said. “The guys on the floor are part of the game. Just do your part, sit in your seat, be loud and just have fun.”