LUBBOCK, Texas (Texas Tech Press Release) – Head Coach Tubby Smith announced the 2013-14 Texas Tech men’s basketball schedule on Thursday. This season marks the 90th edition of Red Raider Basketball on the South Plains.
Texas Tech will be featured on television for 29 or more games for the fourth consecutive season. The Red Raiders are expected to have 30 regular season games broadcast on both the FOX and ESPN networks. A school-record 18 games will be aired on the ESPN family of networks.
“We have another competitive schedule. We are not going to be on the road as much this season as last, which will help us with our young team,” said Smith. “We have the opportunity to learn about each other and grow as a team.
“There are quite a few dates where we play on the same date as the women. I know the powers that be will help in the transition and work things out.”
In all, Texas Tech will face 11 20-game winners from a season ago and 11 squads that advanced to the postseason.
The Red Raiders will open the season with a pair of exhibition games against Southeastern Oklahoma (Nov. 3) and Texas A&M-Commerce (Nov. 8). Southeastern Oklahoma is a member of the NCAA Division II Great American Conference, while A&M-Commerce is a member of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference.
There will be a homecoming of sorts when Texas Tech hosts the Loyola (Md.) Greyhounds, as the Red Raiders are led by Tubby Smith and the Greyhounds are skippered by G.G. Smith – Tubby’s son who he coached at Georgia. The matchup will tipoff the 2014-15 season at United Supermarkets Arena at 8 p.m.
The Red Raiders will then hit the road for Baton Rouge, La., where Texas Tech will face LSU as the last game on the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon. It is a first appearance for the Red Raiders in the annual event that christens the start of the college basketball season. Baylor and Kansas will also represent the Big 12 during the 24-hours of basketball.
Texas Tech returns home for games against Missouri State (Nov. 22), Northwestern State (Nov. 25) and the Air Force Academy (Nov. 30) at the United Supermarkets Arena to close out the month of November.
The Red Raiders will tipoff the month of December in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge, as Texas Tech hosts Auburn on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. on the SEC Network. This will mark the first of eight games in the month. It is the most December games for the Red Raiders since playing nine in December of 1998.
Next comes the gauntlet of six games over the next two weeks, as the Red Raiders host Fresno State (Dec. 10) and Prairie View A&M (Dec. 14), before beginning play in the Continental Tires Las Vegas Classic.
The Continental Las Vegas Classic begins with opening round games at the United Supermarkets Arena against South Carolina State (Dec. 17) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Dec. 19). The Red Raiders will then travel to Las Vegas, Nev., to meet Loyola (Ill.) at 7 p.m. CT at Orleans Arena on Dec. 22. Texas Tech will then face either Boise State or Houston in the championship or third place game of the event on Dec. 23 on FOX Sports 1. It marks Texas Tech’s first-ever appearance on the network.
The Red Raiders return home after Christmas to close out the month of December and non-conference play with a matchup against North Texas at the United Supermarkets Arena (Dec. 29).
The Big 12 Conference shuffled the deck and the conference slate has a new look.
Texas Tech hosts Texas on Jan. 3 to open league play. It marks the first time since Jan. 4, 1990, in the Southwest Conference that the Red Raiders and Longhorns have met up to open the conference season. It is the 10th time overall (1962, 1965, 1968, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1990), with the Red Raiders holding a 6-3 advantage in league openers against the Longhorns.
The Red Raiders immediately turn around and host West Virginia on Monday, Jan. 5, at 6 p.m. on ESPNU. It is the third game in seven days for the Red Raiders.
Prior to the start of classes, Texas Tech heads to the Sunflower State for games at Kansas (Jan. 10) and at Kansas State (Jan. 14).
Tech returns home to face its oldest rival in TCU on Jan. 17. The two schools first squared off against each other on Jan. 23, 1932. The Red Raiders lead the all-time series, 76-47, and have gone 13-4 against TCU since 2001.
Then it is a weekday jaunt to Stillwater, Okla., to face Oklahoma State at 8 p.m. on ESPNU on Jan. 21.
The Red Raiders return home to face Iowa State on Jan. 24, a team they upset in Lubbock during the 2012-13 season.
Texas Tech will then play three of their next four on the road, with games at Oklahoma (Jan. 28), West Virginia (Jan. 31) and at Iowa State (Feb. 7). Sandwiched in between is the return game in Lubbock with Kansas State (Feb. 4). The Red Raiders are looking for their first win against the Wildcats since 2008.
After nine games in the month of January, Texas Tech has eight during the month of February, including five home games. Tech will face Kansas State (Feb. 4), Kansas (Feb. 10), Baylor (Feb. 17), Oklahoma (Feb. 21) and Oklahoma State (Feb. 28). In between are road contests at Texas (Feb. 14) and at TCU (Feb. 25).
The Red Raiders will close out the regular season with the Big 12 Conference’s first-ever Friday night conference game in Waco against Baylor on March 6 at 8 p.m. on ESPN2. Texas Tech upset the then-No. 12 Baylor Bears on Jan. 15 last season. It snapped a four-game losing skid to the long-time conference rival.
Once again, the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship is slated for March 11-14 in Kansas City, Mo.
• Texas Tech three longest rivalries are Texas (133 games), Baylor (128 games) and TCU (123 games)
• This is the first-ever meeting with Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Boise State, Loyola (Md.), Loyola (Ill.), South Carolina State.
• This season will mark the 10th all-time meeting with Air Force. The Red Raiders lead the series, 7-2. Texas Tech has only played one other service academy – Army – in 1973.
• The Red Raiders will face six teams from the State of Texas for the first time since 2011-12, as Texas Tech will face Baylor, Houston, North Texas, Prairie View A&M, Texas and TCU.
• North Texas is coached by former Red Raider and 1986 Dr Pepper Southwest Conference Classic Most Valuable Player. Benford is 35th on the Texas Tech all-time scoring list with 1,015 points.
• Texas Tech might be seeing double, as they face two different Loyola Universities during the same season – Loyola (Md.) and Loyola (Ill.). The Red Raiders have faced Loyola (La.) five times, leading the season, 4-1.
• There is a father-son season opener, as Tubby Smith faces his son G.G. in the first game of the season. It is the first time the two have met as head coaches. G.G. played for Tubby at the University of Georgia.
• Texas Tech is playing in two exhibition games for just the second time since 2001. The Red Raiders were commonly known for playing closed scrimmages. Last season, the Red Raiders had one exhibition and one scrimmage.
• The Red Raiders have 31 regular-season games, with teams from 15 different states.