Texas Tech men’s basketball is set to face Purdue on Friday night in Boston, Mass. for the Sweet Sixteen of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
And as the Red Raiders and Boilermakers prepare for their contest with at trip to the Elite Eight on the line, the mayors of the cities that each team calls home are embracing the competition with a friendly wager.
Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope told KLBK’s Larry Rodriguez that he and John Dennis, the mayor of West Lafayette, Ind., agreed for the winning side to receive a local delicacy from the town of the losing team.
Pope said Dennis is wagering a case of homemade root beer from a local restaurant in West Lafayette, while he is wagering brisket from Tom & Bingo’s Hickory Pit Bar-B-Que in Lubbock.
— Larry Rodriguez (@larrydtv) March 22, 2018
Like Pope said, Texas Tech fans will certainly be hoping that he is drinking root beer come this weekend rather than giving West Lafayette a taste of some brisket. No matter who wins, though, at least those in Lubbock will always have access to the delicacy that is Texas BBQ — unlike those up in Big Ten Country.
Texas Tech and Purdue are scheduled for a tip-off time of 8:57 p.m. CT on Friday at TD Garden in Boston, Mass. The game is immediately following the West Virginia-Villanova game on the same court, which tips off at 6:27 p.m. CT
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