Texas Tech Preview Capsule
Last season: 18-14.
Nickname: Red Raiders.
Coach: Chris Beard.
Conference: Big 12.
Who's gone: F Anthony Livingston; F Aaron Ross; G Devon Thomas; F Matthew Temple; F Thomas Brandsma.
Who's back: G Keenan Evans, the team's top scorer at 15.4 points per game while shooting 43 percent on 3-pointers; F Zach Smith, who averaged 12.1 points and team-best 7.2 rebounds; F Justin Gray, who shot 53 percent from the field; G Niem Stevenson.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — As the architect of an upset over a No. 5 seed in last year's NCAA tournament while coaching Arkansas-Little Rock, Texas Tech coach Chris Beard spoke optimistically about what's ahead for his team despite a sub .500 conference record.
Robinson FT lifts TCU over Texas Tech 62-61 in Big 12
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Alex Robinson made a free throw with 1.4 seconds left following a questionable foul call and TCU beat Texas Tech 62-61 on Tuesday night in a matchup of Big 12 teams trying to build their resumes for the NCAA Tournament.
Ross hits late FTs, scores 17 as Texas Tech beats Oklahoma
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — As Aaron Ross discussed his drawn-out free throw shooting routine postgame, it prompted Texas Tech coach Chris Beard to jokingly interrupt and point out that Ross also takes his time in other facets of his life.
Saturday, in a 77-69 win over Oklahoma, Ross' deliberate, focused free-throw approach paid off: the redshirt-senior forward made 6 of 8 free throws in the final 2:30 and finished with 18 points.
Smith scores 25 as Red Raiders beat LSU in Big 12/SEC match
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Zach Smith led Texas Tech with 25 points as the Red Raiders downed the LSU Tigers 77-64 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday.
Aaron Ross and Niem Stevenson each chipped in 15 points for the Red Raiders (15-6). Anthony Livingston totaled 12 points on four 3-pointers.
Evans, Texas Tech knock off No. 25 Kansas State 66-65
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans stepped up at a big moment for Texas Tech.
Evans made a go-ahead layup with 15 seconds left, helping the Red Raiders top No. 25 Kansas State 66-65 on Tuesday night.
"I had to run up there and finish the play," he said.
Evans' basket gave the Red Raiders a 63-62 lead. Aaron Ross and Niem Stevenson then combined for three foul shots for Texas Tech before Barry Brown made a 3-pointer in the final seconds for Kansas State.
Mason, Graham lead No. 3 Kansas past Texas Tech, 85-68
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Frank Mason III scored 26 points, Devonte Graham added a season-high 20 and No. 3 Kansas used a big second-half run to put away Texas Tech, 85-68 on Saturday night.
Josh Jackson had 17 points and Mason provided the spark for a 12-0 run that turned a five-point game into a rout, allowing the Jayhawks to remain perfect in 17 tries against Texas Tech at home.
The Jayhawks (14-1, 3-0 Big 12) also pushed their home winning streak to a nation-leading 51 games.
Texas Tech beats Longwood for 2nd straight 11-1 start
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Anthony Livingston led Texas Tech with 19 points and six assists in a 91-60 romp over Longwood Wednesday, helping the Red Raiders surge to their second consecutive 11-1 start.
Zach Smith added 15 points and 12 rebounds for Texas Tech (11-1). Aaron Ross finished with 14 points and Keenan Evans had 11. The Red Raiders shot 55 percent from the floor and outrebounded the Lancers 42-18.
Auburn holds on to beat Texas Tech 67-65
CANCUN, Mexico (AP) — LeRon Smith made a crucial observation and followed it with a confident prediction sitting among his teammates on the bench Tuesday night.
The Auburn forward watched again and again as Texas Tech's Aaron Ross drove into the paint, hollered for the ball and hopped for easy layups. He watched as his team's lead got smaller and smaller, too.
Texas Tech pulls away to beat Eastern Kentucky 90-71
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — After facing the first real test of Chris Beard's coaching tenure at Texas Tech, the Red Raiders quickly separated from Eastern Kentucky late in a 90-71 win Saturday behind 20 points and seven rebounds from Shadell Millinghaus.
Justin Gray added 17 points and six rebounds for Texas Tech. Aaron Ross finished with 16 points, including making all 10 of his free throws.
Texas Tech beats North Texas 70-43
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — After shooting 61 percent from the floor in its season opener, Texas Tech's offense was tepid early against North Texas.
On the strength of Zach Smith's double-double (11 points and 11 rebounds) and an advantage in points off turnovers, the Red Raiders defeated the Mean Green 70-43 on Tuesday night.
"I think (Texas Tech coach Chris Beard) has been pushing me all week and all offseason to crash every time," Smith said. "And it worked out for me tonight."
Evans scores 28 points in Texas Tech’s 93-67 win
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 28 points to lead Texas Tech over Houston Baptist 93-67 on Friday to clinch a victory for new Red Raiders coach Chris Beard on opening night.
The Red Raiders took the lead going into the locker room at the end of the first period, 45-36, over the Huskies. Evans got 18 of his points in the first half.
The Red Raiders led the majority of the game and went on a 14-4 run to begin the second half.