FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech sophomore guard Jarrett Culver is The Associated Press Big 12 player of the year after helping lead his hometown Red Raiders to a share of the regular season...
Culver voted Big 12 player of year by league’s coaches
DALLAS (AP) — Texas Tech star Jarrett Culver has been voted Big 12 player of the year and coach Chris Beard has been honored as coach of the year after the Red Raiders shared the regular-season...
AMES, Iowa (AP) — For the first time, Texas Tech can call itself champions of the Big 12.
After his performance on Saturday, Jarrett Culver might soon be able to call himself the league's...
Chris Beard liked the returning players Texas Tech had and the experience they gained after the Red Raiders went to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time last season.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jarrett Culver finally heard something from Texas Tech coach Chris Beard about the eighth-ranked Red Raiders having a two-game chase for the Big 12 regular-season...
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — When Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver wasn't getting much space to score early on, he got the ball to his teammates. He also had some big defensive plays for the...
No. 11 Texas Tech shares Big 12 lead after 84-80 OT win
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech got an unexpected sneak peek at March Madness and found a way to survive against an Oklahoma State team that's playing for pride in a season of...
Moretti leads No. 18 Texas Tech past Oklahoma 66-54
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Texas Tech has come a long way since its three-game losing streak last month.
Davide Moretti scored 14 points to help the 18th-ranked Red Raiders roll past Oklahoma 66-54 on Saturday for their fourth victory in five games.
Jarrett Culver had 13 points and Matt Mooney and Brandone Francis each added 11 for the Red Raiders (19-5, 7-4 Big 12), who stayed within striking range of conference leader Kansas State.
Kansas exploring appeal of NCAA punishment for De Sousa
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self was forceful but measured in his response to the NCAA's punishment of sophomore forward Silvio De Sousa, who was declared ineligible for this season and next because his guardian had received impermissible benefits.
Texas Tech coach Chris Beard was much more succinct.
"The NCAA does what they do," Beard said after his No. 16 Red Raiders were routed by the 11th-ranked Jayhawks on Saturday, "stuff that makes no sense."
No. 16 Texas Tech ends 3-game Big 12 slide 84-65 over TCU
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jarrett Culver had an emphatic dunk to punctuate a much-needed big Monday performance for No. 16 Texas Tech.
Culver had 12 of his 18 points after halftime, including the thundering slam on a lob pass from Davide Moretti for a 20-point lead late as the Red Raiders snapped a three-game Big 12 losing streak with an 84-65 win over TCU.
Moretti, No. 14 Texas Tech top Arkansas 67-64
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jarrett Culver got some help on offense, and then made a big defensive play for No. 14 Texas Tech.
Davide Moretti scored a career-high 21 points , including two game-sealing free throws after Culver helped create a turnover, and the Red Raiders beat Arkansas 67-64 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Saturday night.
Jumbled-up Big 12 still top league going into SEC matchups
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech coach Chris Beard doesn't even really look at the Big 12 standings until every team has had a chance to play one another.
"Until you make the turn ... and you kind of come up for air," said Beard, whose 14th-ranked Red Raiders (15-4, 4-3 Big 12) had the outright lead before their current three-game losing streak.
K-State’s defense stifles No. 14 Texas Tech in 58-45 win
MANHATTAN, Kansas (AP) — Kansas State and Texas Tech have two of the four highest-rated defenses in the country. They didn't disappoint Tuesday night.
In a preview of the tough test that awaits Big 12 opponents, the Wildcats ground down the 14th-ranked Red Raiders 58-45 on Tuesday night. Kansas State held Tech to a season low in points and hasn't allowed a team to score more than 71 this season.
Baylor wins 73-62 to hand No. 8 Texas Tech 2nd loss in row
WACO, Texas (AP) — Freshman guard Jared Butler was a late arrival at Baylor. The top recruit originally chose Alabama and began last summer there, before he got his release, and a waiver to play somewhere else this season.
Butler is now starting and getting comfortable in the Big 12.
"He was fearless, played with courage, looked like he was having a lot of fun out there," Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said.
No. 8 Texas Tech gets rare win at Texas 68-62
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Tech Red Raiders finally got a win the program hadn't earned in a generation.
Matt Mooney scored 22 points, most of them coming in the second half, and the No. 8 Red Raiders beat Texas 68-62 Saturday for their first win in Austin since 1996.
Back then, both programs were still playing in the old Southwest Conference. Now the Red Raiders are the only team left unbeaten in Big 12 play and looking every bit like a league championship contender.
No. 8 Texas Tech rallies for 66-59 win over 23rd-ranked OU
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Whenever Texas Tech needed a big play against Oklahoma, Jarrett Culver had plenty to offer.
Culver scored 23 points, grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds and scored seven straight Texas Tech points to break a tie late in the second half, leading the No. 8 Red Raiders to a 66-59 win over 23rd-ranked Oklahoma on Tuesday night.
No. 11 Texas Tech beats K-State 63-57 for 2-0 Big 12 start
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Davide Moretti made a handful of big offensive plays at opportune times, including a big personal run, to spark No. 11 Texas Tech in a matchup of two great defensive teams.
Moretti scored a career-high 19 points and Matt Mooney added 14 to give the Red Raiders enough of an edge to hold off Kansas State 63-57 on Saturday.
No. 11 Texas Tech thumps ACU to close out Coliseum
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech said goodbye to its longtime home with a blowout victory.
Jarrett Culver scored a career-high 30 points, Matt Mooney added 14 and the 11th-ranked Red Raiders raced past Abilene Christian 82-48 in the final game at sold-out Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.
Texas Tech (10-0) called the Coliseum home from 1956-99, and Saturday was the second throwback game in the building. It will close next summer after a rodeo event.
No. 11 Texas Tech goes up big at half, beats NW State 79-44
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Some down time did 11th-ranked Texas Tech well.
Coming off a six-day break for final exams, the Red Raiders rolled past Northwestern State 79-44 on Wednesday night, ignited by a dominant first half.
Jarrett Culver scored 15 points, Tariq Owens had 14 points and eight rebounds and Tech bolted to a 43-point halftime lead.
No. 13 Texas Tech still unbeaten after 65-47 win over Ark-PB
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — No. 13 Texas Tech can always depend on its defense.
Jarrett Culver had a team-high 13 points for the Red Raiders, and they had another stifling defensive performance to remain undefeated with a 65-47 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Wednesday night.
"I thought Pine Bluff came in here with a nice game plan," Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. "They zoned us for 40 minutes and slowed us down. We didn't think we played our best."
Texas Tech still undefeated after 93-63 win over N. Colorado
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jarrett Culver had 20 points and six assists, reserve guard Kyler Edwards scored 19 on 7-of-7 shooting and Texas Tech stayed unbeaten with a 93-62 victory against Northern Colorado on Saturday.
Edwards made a layup midway through the second half that capped an 18-4 spurt that pushed Texas Tech (6-0) to a 25-point lead. Four different players made a 3-pointer during a 3-minute span early in that run.
Texas Tech to play Nebraska for Hall of Fame Classic title
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Nebraska and Texas Tech are headed for an old-school Big 12 showdown in the Hall of Fame Classic.
The Huskers rolled to an 85-62 win over Missouri State in the first semifinal Monday night, and the Red Raiders roared back from a big hole for a 78-63 win over Southern California in the second, setting up the first meeting between the schools since they were in the same league.
Culver 21 points, Odiase 13 boards in Texas Tech’s 59-40 win
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech responded well when moderately tested for the first time. The Red Raiders still haven't trailed this season.
Jarrett Culver scored 21 points, Norense Odiase grabbed a career-best 13 rebounds and the Red Raiders shrugged off Southeastern Louisiana for a 59-40 victory Tuesday night to improve to 3-0.
Moretti career-high 17 for Texas Tech in 84-52 win over MVSU
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Davide Moretti feels like he has grown the most in his confidence for Texas Tech, and that is already showing for the sophomore from Italy.
Moretti had career highs with 17 points and five 3-pointers as the Red Raiders had a second consecutive lopsided win to start the season, 84-52 over Mississippi Valley State on Friday night.
Texas Tech blitzes Incarnate Word in 2nd half of 87-37 win
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech coach Chris Beard wasn't too pleased with the first half in the opener of the encore to the school's first Elite Eight season.
There wasn't much to complain about after halftime.
Jarrett Culver scored 16 points, Matt Mooney had 12 points and six assists and the Red Raiders outscored Incarnate Word by 41 points in the second half of an 87-37 victory Tuesday night.
Culver scores 16, Texas Tech rolls past Incarnate Word 87-37
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Jarrett Culver scored 16 points, Matt Mooney had 12 points and six assists and Texas Tech opened the encore to the school's first Elite Eight season with an 87-37 victory over Incarnate Word on Tuesday night.
The Red Raiders outscored the Cardinals 48-7 in the second half, holding Incarnate Word to 10 percent shooting (3 of 30) after halftime.
Texas Tech Preview-Capsule
Last season: 27-10, reached NCAA Elite Eight for first time in school history
Nickname: Red Raiders
Coach: Chris Beard
Conference: Big 12
Who's gone: Keenan Evans, Zhaire Smith, Niem Stevenson, Zach Smith, Tommy Hamilton IV and Justin Gray.
Texas Tech looks to compete again after Elite Eight run
Texas Tech coach Chris Beard doesn't want his program defined by the success of last year, when the Red Raiders went to the Elite Eight for the first time.
"We want to be part of the fight again," Beard said. "I think we embraced last season. No one can take that from us, but we don't spend too much time talking about it."
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Glynn Cyprien has returned to the college ranks as an assistant coach at Texas Tech after spending the past four years working with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies.
Red Raiders head coach Chris Beard announced Cyprien's hiring Monday. Cyprien was director of pro personnel for the Grizzlies and coached the Memphis Hustle in the NBA G League during the 2017-18 season.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — South Dakota graduate Matt Mooney is transferring to Texas Tech, where the guard will be eligible to play immediately next season.
Texas Tech coach Chris Beard announced Mooney's signing on Tuesday.
Mooney started all 68 games the past two seasons at mid-major South Dakota, where he averaged 18.7 points, 2.6 assists and 4.3 rebounds a game while shooting 36 percent on 3-pointers (152 of 423). He scored 31 points in a game at TCU last season.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech has promoted Brian Burg to assistant on head coach Chris Beard's staff.
The decision was announced Tuesday, four days after Red Raiders assistant Chris Ogden was introduced as head coach at Texas-Arlington.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas-Arlington has hired Texas Tech assistant Chris Ogden as its new basketball coach.
The Mavericks introduced Ogden on Friday. The former Texas player and assistant coach spent the past two years on Chris Beard's staff at Texas Tech, the Big 12 runner-up this season that went to the NCAA Elite Eight.
Arkansas-Little Rock hires Walker as its new coach
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Former Toronto Raptors coach Darrell Walker has been hired as the coach at Arkansas-Little Rock.
Walker's hiring follows the firing of former coach Wes Flanigan this month after a school-record 25 losses by the Trojans. The 57-year-old Walker most recently spent two seasons as the coach at Division II Clark Atlanta University, where he was 45-18.
Texas Tech coach Chris Beard gathered his seniors in a tight circle around him when they came out of their final game with 9 seconds left — and one win short of the Red Raiders making it to the NCAA Final Four for the first time.
"He just told us how much he appreciated the journey, how much he loved us and appreciated us for sticking with him," Zach Smith said.
BOSTON (AP) — Texas Tech's Chris Beard just has to look at his surroundings to see how far he's come as a coach.
Beard and the third-seeded Red Raiders will again play Sunday inside the hallowed confines of the Boston Celtics' TD Garden when they face Villanova in the East Region final.
Surely a long way away from his first head coaching job at Fort Scott Community College in Kansas.
BOSTON (AP) — No. 3 seed Texas Tech (27-9) vs. No. 1 seed Villanova (33-4)
Fourth round, East Region; Boston; Sunday at 2:20 p.m. EDT.
Beard, Texas Tech oust Purdue 78-65 in NCAA East Region
BOSTON (AP) — Chris Beard did it to Purdue again.
The Texas Tech coach knocked the Boilermakers out of the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years, this time leading the third-seeded Red Raiders to a 78-65 victory to advance past the Sweet 16 for the first time in the basketball program's 93-year history.
"We just made the — what's it called? The Great Eight?" Beard asked his players at the postgame news conference.
Keenan Evans was already Texas Tech's starting point guard and had been to an NCAA Tournament when Chris Beard became his coach two years ago.
With each win now extending his college career, Evans is an All-Big 12 senior guard going to the Sweet 16.
DALLAS (AP) — Jarrett Culver grew up close to the Texas Tech campus with basketball dreams to play somewhere else.
"I had dreams about going other places, and bigger places, stuff like that," Culver said.
Now he is going to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament as a freshman guard on his hometown team.
DALLAS (AP) — Keenan Evans missed all of his shots in the first half of Texas Tech's NCAA Tournament opener. The All-Big 12 guard made them all after that.
While Evans already had led the Red Raiders to several second-half comebacks this season, the latest one extended his college career.
DALLAS (AP) — No. 3 seed Texas Tech (25-9) vs. No. 6 seed Florida (21-12)
Second round, East Region; Dallas; Saturday, 8:40 p.m. ET
DALLAS (AP) — No. 3 seed Texas Tech (24-9) vs. No. 14 seed Stephen F. Austin (28-6)
First round, East Region; Dallas; Thursday, 7:27 p.m. ET.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It was after Texas Tech lost to Texas in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament, ending the Red Raiders' season, that Chris Beard defied his team to avoid a similar fate the next year.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech coach Chris Beard was rewarded Monday with a new $19 million contract after leading the Red Raiders to 23 wins in the regular season and their best finish in the Big 12 Conference.
The No. 14 Red Raiders (23-8) go into this week's Big 12 tournament as the No. 2 seed.
Baylor beats No. 7 Texas Tech, which loses top scorer Evans
WACO, Texas (AP) — Terry Maston is emerging as a go-to guy for the surging Baylor Bears. No. 7 Texas Tech hopes it didn't just lose top scorer Keenan Evans for any length of time.
Maston scored 24 points to lead the Bears to a 59-57 victory over the Red Raiders, whose seven-game winning streak ended Saturday night after the Big 12 leaders lost Evans to what coach Chris Beard said was a toe injury in the first half. The school initially reported it as a foot injury.
No. 7 Texas Tech beats Kansas State to take sole Big 12 lead
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Texas Tech coach Chris Beard was just happy to walk out with a victory.
"We were pleased to win another Big 12 game today." Beard said.
Keenan Evans scored 19 points and No. 7 Texas Tech beat Kansas State 66-47 on Saturday night to take sole possession of the Big 12 lead.
No. 7 Texas Tech wins 5th straight, 76-58 over Iowa State
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Zhaire Smith got the steal and then was on the finishing end of an alley-oop dunk for No. 7 Texas Tech.
That highlight play by the freshman guard, part of his career-high 21 points, put an end to a quick Iowa State run, and the Red Raiders went on to a 76-58 victory Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.
Beard’s back at Texas Tech, in top 10 and near Big 12 lead
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Chris Beard spent a decade as an assistant coach at Texas Tech for the Knights, first Bobby and then Pat.
When that ended with a head coaching change by the Red Raiders after the 2010-11 season, Beard never thought about whether he would ever get back to Lubbock — or even Division I basketball. He just loved coaching.
Evans scores at buzzer, No. 10 Texas Tech beats Texas in OT
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans calmly dribbled the ball past midcourt with the final seconds ticking off the clock in overtime. The Texas Tech guard then made a couple of moves to create separation from a defender and hit the winning shot.
Evans scored a career-high 38 points, the last the winning jumper as time expired to give the No. 10 Red Raiders a 73-71 win over Texas on Wednesday night.