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by Sean Dillon posted Aug 20 2015 5:03PM
The Red Raiders play 12 of their 17 home games against postseason teams from a season ago.

LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech men's basketball program and Head Coach Tubby Smith released its 2015-16 schedule on Thursday which features 20 games versus opponents who won at least 20 games last season.

The nonconference schedule is highlighted by six home games against RPI Top 100 squads from last season, a trip to the prestigious Puerto Rico Tip-off before Thanksgiving and a marquee matchup at Arkansas as part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge in late January.

"We have a very competitive schedule," Smith said. "We're going to be tested early on especially in Puerto Rico where we open up with Utah. There are a lot of excellent teams in that tournament field. It was important that we put together a competitive schedule but one that will help us grow and mature like our trip to Canada has. We have a great group of players, and I know the fans are going to be excited to see them. We expect the United Supermarkets Arena to be rocking."

Fans can purchase season tickets online at, in person at the Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office now located on the East Side of Jones AT&T Stadium, or via the phone at (806) 742-8324.
Texas Tech is offering a family four-pack of season tickets for $179 in general admission sections 106, 107 and 108. Season tickets can be purchased for as low as $199 in select reserved sections on the 100 level. Certain reserved sections are subject to an annual seat contribution.

After a pair of exhibition contests against Concordia (Nov. 2) and West Texas A&M (Nov. 9), the Red Raiders open their regular season slate versus Coach Smith's alma mater, High Point (Nov. 13), at United Supermarkets Arena.

Texas Tech will hit the road for the Puerto Rico Tip-off (Nov. 19-20, 22) where the Red Raiders square off with Utah to begin the three-day event. The Utes made a NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2015 before being eliminated by eventual national champion Duke. Tech will meet up with either Miami (Fla.) or Mississippi State on day two of the Puerto Rice Tip-off. The tournament field is rounded out by Butler, Minnesota, Missouri State and Temple. Every game from Puerto Rico will be televised by the ESPN Family of Networks.

The Red Raiders return stateside to start an eight-game homestand with Stephen F. Austin (Nov. 28) and Sam Houston State (Dec. 2), the top two teams from the Southland Conference who combined for 55 wins last season. Texas Tech takes on Tennessee-Martin (Dec. 9), South Dakota State (Dec. 16), Arkansas Pine Bluff (Dec. 19), Arkansas-Little Rock (Dec. 22) and Richmond (Dec. 29) at United Supermarkets Arena leading into its 18-game Big 12 schedule.

The Red Raiders face off with Texas (Jan. 2) for their Big 12 opener and play host to defending Big 12 regular season champion Kansas (Jan. 9), along with Baylor (Jan. 16) and West Virginia (Jan. 23) on Saturdays during the month of January.

Texas Tech plays mid-week road tilts at defending Big 12 Tournament champion Iowa State (Jan. 6) followed by Kansas State (Jan. 12), TCU (Jan. 18) and Oklahoma (Jan. 26) before the Red Raiders travel to Arkansas (Jan. 30) for the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

February's schedule features weekday home matchups against Oklahoma State (Feb. 3), Iowa State (Feb. 10) and Oklahoma (Feb. 17), in addition to Saturday road trips to Texas (Feb. 6), Baylor (Feb. 13), Oklahoma State (Feb. 20) and Kansas (Feb. 27).

The Red Raiders wrap up the regular season against Kansas State (March 5) leading into the Big 12 Tournament (March 9-12) at Spirit Arena in Kansas City.
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by Sean Dillon posted Aug 20 2015 9:30AM

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by Sean Dillon posted Aug 20 2015 9:29AM
The Red Raiders stayed unbeaten on their Canadian Tour with a seven-point win versus Carleton.

OTTAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA – Keenan Evans piled up 16 points, six assists and three steals as the Texas Tech men's basketball team overcame an early deficit and worked its way to a 67-60 victory over Carleton University Wednesday at the Ravens Nest.

The Red Raiders remained unblemished and improved to 3-0 on their four-game Canadian Tour. Texas Tech collected a 54-46 win over McGill University on Sunday in Montreal followed by an 88-53 rout of Laval University on Monday in Quebec City.

"I thought we did some good things especially during the second half," head coach Tubby Smith said. "We had some athletic plays, and I thought Keenan played very well. I was impressed with Carleton and how hard they played. It was a great test for us, and our kids learned a lot about themselves. I was happy and pleased with our play."

Evans pumped in his team-leading 16 points on a 7-for-10 shooting performance as the sophomore guard was able to drive the lane with four of his seven field goals inside the paint. His six assists came against zero turnovers in 26 minutes.

Off the bench, Jordan Jackson collected nine of his 12 points during the second half and was 4-of-5 from the floor. He reached double figures for the second time in three games on the Canadian Tour. Jackson soured for a one-handed highlight reel dunk where he posterized a Carleton defender late in the third quarter.

Devaugntah Williams turned in a solid all-around effort with nine points, three rebounds and two assists. Toddrick Gotcher, C.J. Williamson and Zach Smith came away with six points apiece. Gotcher and Williamson handed out two assists, while Gotcher and Smith garnered three rebounds each.

On the interior, Norense Odiase added six points and hauled down seven of his game-leading 10 rebounds on the defensive end.

Carleton, the 10-time Canadian National Champions dating back to 2002, were led by Guillaume Boucard's game-high 21 points. Connor Wood secured 16 points and seven rebounds whereas Kaza Kajami-Keane notched 14 points and seven assists for the Ravens.

As a team, Texas Tech compiled a 28-for-61 shooting clip but made 23 of its final 45 attempts over the final three quarters. Conversely, Carleton was held to 17-of-50 from the field during the last three stanzas after the Ravens knocked down seven of their first 15 shots.

The Red Raiders were very stingy with their perimeter defense and forced Carleton to misfire on its final 19 three-pointers following the first quarter. Texas Tech also claimed a 37-28 rebounding advantage over the second, third and fourth periods.

After falling behind 19-12 at the end of the first quarter, the Red Raiders kicked it into high gear with 12 of the next 14 points over the opening six minutes of the second period.

Williams ignited the run with a driving layup through traffic followed by Evans stepback 10-foot jumper. Then, Williams fired a bullet pass to Odiase for a layup. Evans drained a pair of free throws to bring Tech within a point at 21-20 with 5:06 remaining.

Williamson and Evans capped the flurry with back-to-back buckets in the lane to give the Red Raiders a three-point advantage. Carleton responded with a 6-2 spurt to take a 27-26 lead into the locker room.

Texas Tech continued to push tempo during the early moments of the third quarter and regained the lead for good on its first possession as Evans delivered a bounce pass to Smith for a thunderous two-handed slam in transition.

Following a missed free throw, Jackson capped the third quarter in style with his explosive one-handed jam to give the Red Raiders a 45-39 advantage.

Texas Tech kept the momentum and ripped off 12 of the first 16 points of the fourth quarter to stretch its lead to 57-45 at the 5:44 mark. Williams dialed up a three-pointer, and Evans broke down his defender to bury a 16-foot jumper at the top of the key to bookend the run.

The Red Raiders sank 4-of-6 at the charity stripe, and Donovan Ham hit a layup off of press breaker play inside the closing 38 seconds to salt away the seven-point victory.

"We want to be an up-tempo team, and we want to run the floor," Smith said. "We have to create some offense from our defense. Long shots bring long rebounds, we were able to get the ball out in transition pretty good. We started finishing around the basket in the second half."

Texas Tech concludes its four-game Canadian Tour Thursday against Ottawa University. Tipoff is on-tap for 6 p.m. CT.

Visit for the latest news and information on the men's basketball program. Fans also can follow the program on its social media outlets at and @TexasTechMBB on Twitter.

2015 Texas Tech Men's Basketball Canadian Tour Schedule
Date, Opponent, Time (CT)
Sunday, August 16, McGill University, W 54-46
Monday, August 17, Laval University, W 88-53
Wednesday, August 19, Carleton University, W 67-60
Thursday, August 20, Ottawa University, 6 p.m.
by Sean Dillon posted Aug 18 2015 9:28AM
The Red Raiders improved to 2-0 on their Canadian Tour with a 35-point win over Laval.

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC, CANADA – Devaugntah Williams poured in 15 of his team-leading 19 points sparked by four three-pointers in the second half as the Texas Tech men's basketball team recorded an 88-53 victory over Laval University Monday at the Desjardins-Laval University Amphitheatre.

With the 35-point win, the Red Raiders moved to 2-0 on their four-game Canadian Tour. Texas Tech secured a 54-46 victory over McGill University on Sunday.

Williams was an efficient 5-of-8 from the floor and drained four of his six three-point attempts. He also was 5-for-6 at the foul line and amassed his 19 points over 14 minutes of action.

Once again, the Red Raiders received a solid performance from their bench. Texas Tech amassed 53 of its 88 points, 31 of its 44 rebounds, 13 of its 22 assists and 11 of its 19 steals all courtesy of the bench.

"Again, I liked our energy and our effort," head coach Tubby Smith said. "We were able to create some easy baskets off of their turnovers, and we were finally able to make some outside shots. We're trying to find out what our identity is. I think we're coming close to understanding what we have to do to be competitive. We have to defend like we have the last two nights, and we need to create offense with our defense which is something we were able to do tonight."

Isaiah Manderson picked up a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. He was 6-of-12 shooting and claimed seven of his 11 boards on the offensive end.

Justin Gray added nine points in 13 minutes, while Jordan Jackson and Devon Thomas came away with solid all-around performances. Jackson pumped in eight points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals followed by Thomas' six points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals.

Donovan Ham and Andrew Sorrells combined for 13 points during the fourth quarter on a 5-of-6 shooting effort. Zach Smith garnered eight points whereas Keenan Evans tallied six pints, four assists and four steals for the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech distributed 22 assists on its 34 field goals, and the Red Raiders connected for 17 field goals in each half en route to a 34-of-74 effort from the floor. On the defensive end, Tech bottled up Laval to six field goals during the first half and into an overall 18-for-62 shooting clip.

Texas Tech forced Laval into 30 turnovers and registered a 36-11 advantage in points off turnovers. The Red Raiders also doubled up Laval in paint points, 44-22, and compiled a 44-37 rebounding edge.

Texas Tech trailed for only 38 seconds of the contest and fired out to a 25-10 lead after the first quarter. The Red Raiders closed the stanza on a 13-3 spurt over the last 4:47 which was kickstarted by six consecutive points courtesy of Manderson.

"I was glad to see Isaiah be active on the boards," Smith said. "He also was running the floor, and he's doing the things that we talked about during the offseason. His conditioning, his strength, his mental focus and being more mature – those are the things that he has to concentrate on and improve in."

Texas Tech stretched its lead to 41-22 going into the locker room after a six-point flurry to cap the half which featured a Jackson steal and an explosive one-handed slam. Thomas scooted through traffic and hit a contested layup before Gray got ahead of the pack for a fastbreak layup.

Williams caught fire and sank a trio of three-pointers over a 2:08 span between the end of the third quarter and the start of the fourth quarter to make it 66-37 with 8:29 remaining.

Ham and Sorrells racked up 13 of Texas Tech's 22 remaining points to put the finishing touches on the 35-point victory. Ham did his damage driving to the basket, while Sorrells canned a pair of triples.

"It was good to see Devaugntah knock down some shots tonight," Smith said. "He's a very capable player. When Devaugntah is making shots, we're a different type of team. Some of the young players also hit shots. I was happy to see Andrew and Donovan step in and get some quality minutes tonight."

After an off day, Texas Tech plays the third game of its four-game Canadian Tour Wednesday versus Carleton University. Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. CT.

Visit for the latest news and information on the men's basketball program. Fans also can follow the program on its social media outlets at and @TexasTechMBB on Twitter.

2015 Texas Tech Men's Basketball Canadian Tour Schedule
Date, Opponent, Time (CT)
Sunday, August 16, McGill University, W 54-46
Monday, August 17, Laval University, W 88-53
Wednesday, August 19, Carleton University, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 20, Ottawa University, 6 p.m.

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by Sean Dillon posted Aug 16 2015 9:27AM
Jordan Jackson and Devon Thomas combined for 18 points off the bench.

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA – The Texas Tech men's basketball team secured a 54-46 victory over McGill University to begin its four-game "Canadian Foreign Tour" Sunday at the Love Competition Hall.

The Red Raiders used a balanced scoring attack as 11 of the 13 players who saw action scored a point and 10 of the 13 players grabbed a rebound. Texas Tech's bench came away with 36 of the team's 54 points headed by Jordan Jackson's team-leading 11 points on 3-of-5 from the floor and a 5-for-6 effort at the free throw line.

Devon Thomas secured seven points and four rebounds. Justin Gray, Keenan Evans, Isaiah Manderson added five points apiece, while Evans hauled down a team-high eight rebounds. The Red Raiders also received four points each from Norense Odiase, Aaron Ross, Zach Smith and C.J. Williamson.

As a team, Texas Tech was 20-of-60 from the field and limited McGill to an 18-for-71 shooting clip.

"I was really impressed with our hustle, our effort and our energy," head coach Tubby Smith said. "You don't get these types of experiences very often – once every four years, you get to a chance to play during the summer like this. I learned a lot from this first game. Our guys were very competitive. We've got to learn overachieve. In order for us to build and to get better, we have to keep overachieving. That's what we have to keep instilling in our guys."

The Red Raiders took their first lead at 5-4 on a Williamson three-pointer in transition with 6:00 remaining in the first quarter. Tech went up by as many as five in the opening stanza at 13-8 after Manderson completed a traditional three-point play with 1:25 to go.

McGill would battle back and draw even at 21-21 with 5:10 left in the second quarter before the Red Raiders reeled off six consecutive points ignited by a Jackson steal and dunk.

On the next possession, Smith found Odiase for a layup. Evans and Gray tacked on free throws to make it 27-21. The Red Raiders would take a four-point advantage, 27-23, into the locker room.

McGill would piece together 11 of the opening 18 points of the second half to go ahead 34-33 at the 3:53 mark of the third quarter.

The Red Raiders fired back with seven quick points over the next 93 seconds to regain the momentum. Smith and Ross knocked down jumpers on back-to-back possessions. Thomas capped the spurt with a contested layup and foul shot to push Tech ahead 40-34 with 2:23 remaining.

Texas Tech stretched the lead to double figures, 48-37, on a Gray jumper during the opening moments of the fourth quarter. McGill would get as close as six points at 52-46 with 1:33 left, but Jackson sank a pair of free throws to close out the eight-point victory.

"I would like to see us cut down on our turnovers and shoot the ball better," Smith said. "The gym was hot and wasn't air conditioned. It's something that our players have been spoiled with. I could tell that the ball was slippery for the players at times … We have to concentrate on those areas that we didn't do well at. That's shooting, taking care of the ball and rebounding."

Texas Tech returns to action Monday against Laval University. Tip time is scheduled for 6 p.m. CT.
Visit for the latest news and information on the men's basketball program. Fans also can follow the program on its social media outlets at and @TexasTechMBB on Twitter.

2015 Texas Tech Men's Basketball Canadian Tour Schedule
Date, Opponent, Time (CT)
Sunday, August 16, McGill University, W 54-46
Monday, August 17, Laval University, 6 p.m.
Wednesday, August 19, Carleton University, 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 20, Ottawa University, 6 p.m.

by Sean Dillon posted Aug 14 2015 8:23AM
The Red Raiders will play four games over a five-day span in Montreal.

LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech men's basketball team will depart Saturday morning for a "Canadian Foreign Tour" in preparation for the upcoming 2015-16 season. The NCAA allows teams to participate in foreign tours once every four years.

The Red Raiders will arrive in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and play four games over a five-day stretch against McGill University (Sunday – 3 p.m. CT), Laval University (Monday – 6 p.m. CT), Carleton University (Wednesday – 6 p.m. CT) and Ottawa University (Thursday – 6 p.m. CT). Dr. James Naismith, the inventor of the sport of basketball, graduated from McGill University in 1887.

Texas Tech is scheduled to visit Chinatown, the Notre-Dame Basilica, Olympic Stadium, Old Montreal and Saint Joseph's Oratory on the team's off days.

Old Montreal has buildings dating back to the 17th century which include the Notre-Dame Basilica and is one of the oldest urban areas in North America. Olympic Stadium, nicknamed "The Big O", played host to the 1976 Summer Olympics and was the former home of Major League Baseball's Montreal Expos.

Visit for the latest news and information on the men's basketball program. Fans also can follow the program on its social media outlets at and @TexasTechMBB on Twitter.

2015 Texas Tech Men's Basketball Canadian Tour Schedule
Date, Opponent, Time (CT)
Sunday, August 16, McGill University, 4 p.m.
Monday, August 17, Laval University, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 19, Carleton University, 7 p.m.
Thursday, August 20, Ottawa University, 7 p.m.

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by Sean Dillon posted Aug 12 2015 10:23PM
Texas Tech had yet another practice today as they prepare for their first game versus Sam Houston on September 5th at Jones AT&T Stadium.

Has a starting QB been named?


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by Sean Dillon posted Aug 12 2015 2:14PM
Former Texas Tech All-American Tracy Saul will join the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame this fall

LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Sports Hall of Fame announced Wednesday that former Texas Tech All-American defensive back Tracy Saul will be one of nine new members to the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.

Saul, a local product out of Idalou, will be joined by Norm DeBriyn (Arkansas), Thomas Everett (Baylor, Billy Ray Brown (Houston), Ricky Pierce (Rice), Kyle (O'Brien) Stevens (SMU), Carlette (Guidry) White (Texas), Anjanette Kirkland (Texas A&M) and Darrell Browder (TCU) in the 2015 induction class.

One of the greatest defensive backs in Texas Tech history, Saul was an All-Southwest Conference selection in all four of his seasons as a Red Raider from 1989-92. He was named to the team as a punt returner his first two seasons and then as a defensive back following his junior and senior seasons.

In the 81-year history of the Southwest Conference, Saul was one of only four players to garner All-SWC honors over four-consecutive seasons. He also earned second team All-America honors following his 1991 junior season.

Saul began his career with eight interceptions as a freshman, the most for a Red Raider since John Thompson also picked off eight passes in 1951. He is the only player in school history to record at least eight interceptions in two different seasons as he repeated his performance as a freshman during his 1991 junior campaign.

Saul ended his career as the Texas Tech all-time leader with 25 interceptions, a record that remains untouched entering the 2015 season. Saul also ranks tied for fourth in NCAA Division-I history as well as no player nationally has recorded at least 25 interceptions in a career since Saul completed his eligibility in 1992.

In addition to his prowess defensively, Saul was also among the top punt returners in school history as he averaged just over 10 yards a return. He totaled 902 punt return yards during his career, fourth-most in program history behind the likes of Wes Welker, Tyrone Thurman and Danny Amendola.

Sponsored by the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame induction ceremony and luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 5 at the Doubletree by Hilton in downtown Dallas.

by Sean Dillon posted Jul 29 2015 4:20PM
Yup, Tom Brady was found guilty of cheating by the NFL. Wait, that's not what you heard?  Let's look at the facts.

Patriots employees admitting deflation.

Patriots ownership accepted blame and took penalty.

Brady went to the commish and instead of saying, "I didn't do it," in an affirmative defense, he said you can't prove anything.

Does that sound like a hero to you? Or more like a politician?

Take the fine, sit the 4 games and shut your mouth Tom, because the more you bring this up, the more guilty you look.

Cowboy fans can now celebrate as they will beat the Patriots!

or will they...
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by Sean Dillon posted Jul 10 2015 2:01PM
and I'm trying to figure out where the wins / losses in the Texas Tech schedule will fit.

Where will be the game that the Red Raiders SHOCK THE WORLD...

and which game will they overlook.

Time is getting closer to football season and I know I shouldn't overlook the summer, but it is in my bones. As an alumni, my heart beats a little faster when fall hits the campus of Texas Tech.

Are you ready for football season yet?
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