Philadelphia’s Embiid resting for game at Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are resting center Joel Embiid for their game at Detroit.
It's the first game all season that Embiid is missing. Coach Brett Brown says he thinks it's the right move for the long run.
Embiid was drafted in 2014 but has only played 120 NBA games because of injury problems. He shot 5 of 17 from the field in a loss at Toronto on Wednesday night.
76ers net Texas Tech standout Smith in draft trade
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers listed Zhaire Smith as their 1-B choice on their draft board.
The Sixers landed the Texas Tech guard — they just had to give up their 1-A to get him.
The Sixers acquired Smith from the Phoenix Suns for Villanova standout Mikal Bridges in a swap of first-round picks that gives the blossoming Eastern Conference playoff team one more rotation played needed toward completing "The Process."
NEW YORK (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers have traded Mikal Bridges to the Phoenix Suns for Zhaire Smith in a swap of first-round draft pick.
Bridges was picked 10th overall and the Villanova standout answered questions at Barclays Center about his move down the road before he was swapped to the Suns. The Suns had picked Smith, a forward from Texas Tech, with the 16th overall pick. The Sixers also acquired an unprotected 2021 first-round pick in the trade.
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 freshman guard Zhaire Smith turning pro
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Zhaire Smith is turning pro after a standout freshman season at Texas Tech that included several highlight dunks and the Red Raiders going to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time.
Smith said in a Twitter post that he is signing with an agent. The 6-foot-5 Smith was no longer listed Wednesday on Texas Tech's roster.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No. 21 Texas Tech rolls past ACU 74-47 in last Big 12 tuneup
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Zach Smith returned to Texas Tech's starting lineup after coming off the bench for a game for an unspecified violation of team rules.
The senior forward looked ready for the start of the rugged Big 12.
Smith scored a season-high 16 points, freshman Zhaire Smith added 14 and the 21st-ranked Red Raiders beat Abilene Christian 74-47 on Friday in their final tuneup for conference play.
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 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.
Texas Tech improves to 6-0 with 103-69 win over Savannah St.
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech withstood the pressure defense and the barrage of 3-point shots to stay undefeated while the freshmen keep producing for the Red Raiders.
Hometown freshman guard Jarrett Culver had 18 points and Zhaire Smith, another of Tech's seven freshmen, had 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting with a handful of dunks in a 103-69 win over Savannah State on Saturday.
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.