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.
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) — 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.
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.
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.
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Texas Tech is headed to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history.
Keenan Evans had 16 points and the third-seeded Red Raiders overcame an early first half hole and dominated second-seeded Purdue down the stretch to earn a 78-65 victory in the Sweet 16 on Friday night.
Texas Tech will play top seed Villanova in the East regional final Sunday.
Texas Tech looks for 1st Elite 8 berth vs. Purdue
BOSTON (AP) — No. 3 seed Texas Tech (26-9) vs. No. 2 seed Purdue (30-6)
Third round, East Region; Boston; Friday at 9:57 p.m. EDT.
BOTTOM LINE: The Boilermakers are back in the Sweet 16 for the second straight season, and they're looking for their first Elite Eight berth since 2000. The Red Raiders are in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2005 and are hoping to make it to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history.
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) — Keenan Evans treats every game like senior night and is doing all he can to keep playing for Texas Tech.
Next stop: Sweet 16.
"Once you get to this point, it's just like, man, I'm not ready for it to end," Evans said. "And here we are getting another week to prepare and play the game we love."
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.
Evans, Texas Tech surge late, top Stephen F Austin 70-60
DALLAS (AP) — Keenan Evans split through defenders, made a layup and then paused briefly to give a quick pose to the camera under the basket.
After Texas Tech lost in the NCAA Tournament two years ago and didn't even make the field last season, the All-Big 12 senior guard has earned some time in the spotlight before finishing his college career. He'll get at least one more game.
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) — Keenan Evans was looking at yet another low-scoring game since the foot injury that helped derail Texas Tech's hopes of ending Kansas' long Big 12 regular-season championship streak.
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.
Evans, No. 7 Texas Tech top 23rd-ranked OU, Young, 88-78
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans and the rolling Texas Tech Red Raiders had their defensive focus on Oklahoma freshman scoring sensation Trae Young.
So did the hostile home crowd, for a slightly different reason.
Evans scored 26 points and No. 7 Texas Tech beat the 23rd-ranked Sooners 88-78 on Tuesday night in Young's first college game in the city where the Division I scoring leader was born.
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. 10 Texas Tech wins 83-71 at TCU for share of Big 12 lead
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — No. 10 Texas Tech had firm control of its game at TCU before top-scoring guard Keenan Evans even took a shot.
"It wasn't odd at all. I felt like I was making the right passes, and the team was rolling and making shots," Evans said. "When we're winning, that's all I care about."
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.
Evans leads No. 14 Texas Tech to 70-63 win over SC
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — As soon as Keenan Evans saw his go-ahead 3-pointer go through the net, the Texas Tech senior had a message for the Red Raiders.
"OK, we're here," Evans told them. "Let's finish this game."
Thanks to Evans, No. 14 Texas Tech did. Evans scored 31 points and Texas Tech rallied from five points down with 6 minutes left to defeat South Carolina 70-63 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Saturday.
No. 14 Texas Tech has big rally to beat Oklahoma State 75-70
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans reiterated a message to his Texas Tech teammates after the senior struggled shooting the ball in a couple of big losses by the No. 14 Red Raiders.
"I was going to be that guy that set the tone, whether it was aggressive on offense, or aggressive on defense," Evans said. "I was trying to be that guy that was kind of everywhere ... just making tough plays and trying to get us going in any way possible."
No. 8 Texas Tech makes history at home, 72-71 over No. 2 WVU
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Freshman Zhaire Smith cradled the inbounds pass as the final eight-tenths of a second ticked off the clock and the frenzied Texas Tech fans rushed the court.
The Red Raiders will savor this moment, even if the rough-and-tumble Big 12 is just getting started.
Evans 27 points as No. 18 Texas Tech beats K-State 74-58
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans and No. 18 Texas Tech have done more than just win their first three Big 12 games. The Red Raiders haven't trailed in a conference game yet.
When Kansas State made a bit of a run in the second half Saturday, Evans scored the game's next four points off turnovers and the Red Raiders maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way in a 74-58 victory.
No. 18 Texas Tech never trails in 85-73 win over No. 10 KU
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Texas Tech coach Chris Beard didn't expect his team to walk out of Allen Fieldhouse with a victory Tuesday night, especially considering the Red Raiders had never done so in school history.
"What I did expect," Beard said, "was to play hard and play well."
No. 18 Texas Tech never trails in 85-73 win over No. 10 KU
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 15 points, Norense Odiase and Justin Gray had 12 apiece, and No. 18 Texas Tech never trailed in beating No. 10 Kansas 85-73 on Tuesday night for the Red Raiders' first win at Allen Fieldhouse in 18 tries.
The Red Raiders (13-1, 2-0 Big 12) built a 16-point lead midway through the first half, then found an answer every time the 3-point-dependent Jayhawks (11-3, 1-1) tried to mount a second-half charge.
No. 22 Texas Tech tops No. 18 Baylor 77-53 in Big 12 opener
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech is starting to look like the Red Raiders of a decade ago, when they were winning NCAA Tournament games under Bob Knight with Chris Beard as one of his top assistants.
Beard's bunch took another big step in the Big 12 opener.
Keenan Evans scored 18 points, freshman Zhaire Smith added 15 in his conference debut and the No. 22 Red Raiders rolled past 18th-ranked Baylor 77-53 on Friday night.
Texas Tech blows out Fla Atlantic in 2nd half of 90-54 win
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech coach Chris Beard uses defense to explain how the 21st-ranked Red Raiders hit more 3-pointers in one half than they had in an entire game all season.
Keenan Evans led six players in double figures with 15 points and Texas Tech hit 11 shots from long range while blowing out Florida Atlantic after halftime of a 90-54 victory Tuesday night.
No. 24 Texas Tech rolls past Rice 73-53 on old home court
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans and No. 24 Texas Tech didn't play very well on throwback night with alumni and former coaches watching.
It was good enough, though.
Evans scored 13 points, Zhaire Smith added 12 and the Red Raiders beat Rice 73-53 on Saturday night in their first game since 1999 at Lubbock Municipal Coliseum, their old home court.
Evans leads No. 24 Texas Tech over Kennesaw State 82-53
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech took advantage of another chance to get the school's first win as a ranked team in almost eight years.
Coach Chris Beard is looking for more after Keenan Evans scored 16 points in an 82-53 victory over Kennesaw State on Wednesday night.
"I respect the question, but rankings didn't really play into this," Beard said. "We've got to get the program to the point we're not talking about being ranked. We're talking about, 'What are we ranked?'
Evans scores 32, Texas Tech tops No. 22 Nevada 82-76 in OT
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech bounced back from a loss that knocked the Red Raiders out of the Top 25 by beating Nevada in the Wolf Pack's first game in the poll in 10 years.
Keenan Evans scored 25 of his career-high 32 points in the second half and overtime and the Red Raiders rallied from 11 points down after halftime to beat No. 22 Nevada 82-76 on Tuesday night.
Culver scores 21, Texas Tech 5-0 after beating Wofford 79-56
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Hometown freshman guard Jarrett Culver scored a career-high 21 points as Texas Tech beat Wofford 79-56 on Wednesday night.
Culver, a 6-foot-5 freshman from Lubbock's Coronado High, had a layup that made it 7-6 and put the Red Raiders (5-0) ahead to stay after he was an early substitution into the game. He later made consecutive 3-pointers that started a 23-2 run over an eight-minute span that stretched their lead to 40-12.
Evans scores 25, Texas Tech beats No. 20 Northwestern 85-49
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — A veteran Texas Tech squad didn't want to wait until the Big 12 season to try and earn respect.
The Red Raiders started that campaign Sunday with Keenan Evans scoring 25 points to lead his team over No. 20 Northwestern 85-49 in the championship game of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament.
Texas Tech beats Boston College 75-64 in Tip-Off tourney
UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Keenan Evans scored 18 of his 29 points in the second half to lead Texas Tech over Boston College 75-64 Saturday in the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament.
The Red Raiders (3-0) advance to play the winner of No. 20 Northwestern-La Salle in Sunday's championship. Zach Smith had 11 points and nine rebounds, while and Jarrett Culver added 11 points.
Freshman debuts with 14 as Texas Tech tops S Alabama 75-50
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Freshman Zhaire Smith led Texas Tech with 14 points in his debut and the Red Raiders pulled away from South Alabama for a 75-50 season-opening victory Friday night.
Smith is among a group of four freshmen expected to contribute on a team that currently features five senior starters. Two of those starters, Tommy Hamilton IV and Keenan Evans, scored 12 apiece.
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.
Texas Tech has blend of old, new for Beard’s 2nd season
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech has a lot of experience with five senior players, including the top scorer and rebounder returning from last season.
There are also seven freshmen, giving Chris Beard a unique roster for his second season as head coach of the Red Raiders.
While all those seniors make the Red Raiders one of the most experienced and oldest teams in college basketball, those youngsters are just getting started with their college careers.
Senior-led Texas schools chasing Kansas in Big 12 race
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — There was a feeling of familiarity at the Sprint Center on Tuesday.
Down one hall walked the TCU trio of Vladimir Brodziansky, Ahmed Hamdy and Kenrich Williams, while the Baylor trio of Manu Lecomte, Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. and Nuni Omet stood down the other. Texas Tech seniors Keenan Evans, Justin Gray and Niem Stevenson huddled together nearby.
Three schools from Texas, all led by seniors who have been through the Big 12 grind.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Andrew Jones scored 15 points, Kerwin Roach Jr. had all 13 of his in the second half and No. 10 seed Texas rallied for a 61-52 victory over No. 7 seed Texas Tech on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Andrew Jones scored 15 points, Kerwin Roach Jr. had all 13 of his in the second half and No. 10 seed Texas rallied for a 61-52 victory over No. 7 seed Texas Tech on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament.
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.
Oklahoma State beats Texas Tech behind Carroll’s 17
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Jeffrey Carroll scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds to help Oklahoma State defeat Texas Tech 80-63 on Saturday.
Phil Forte III had 15 points - all in the first half - and five rebounds and Jawun Evans scored all 15 of his points in the second half, along with six assists, for Oklahoma State (20-9, 9-7 Big 12), which has won five in a row and 10 of its last 11.
Texas Tech starts fast, rallies to beat No. 4 Baylor 84-78
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keenan Evans and Texas Tech didn't have to wait long for another chance against a top-five team at home.
This time, the Red Raiders came out on top with a late rally after blowing a big early lead.
Evans scored 23 points, Niem Stevenson had 21 and Texas Tech toppled fourth-ranked Baylor 84-78 on Monday night, two days after a one-point loss at home to Big 12-leading and third-ranked Kansas.
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.