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 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.
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.
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 uses hot start to defeat Maine 83-44
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Keegan Evans led a balanced attack with 12 points and Texas Tech used a dominant first half to roll to an 83-44 win over Maine on Tuesday night.
Jarrett Culver and Zhaire Smith both added 11 points, Niem Stevenson 10 and 12 of the 14 Red Raiders who played in the game scored.
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.
Hamilton signs with Texas Tech after 3 seasons at DePaul
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Tommy Hamilton IV has signed a national letter of intent with Texas Tech after playing 92 games the past three seasons in his hometown for DePaul.
The Red Raiders announced Tuesday the addition of Hamilton, a 6-foot-11 center from Chicago. Hamilton will be able to practice with the Red Raiders and new coach Chris Beard but will have to sit out the upcoming season because of NCAA transfer rules.