Opponent: Houston Baptist
Date/Time: Friday, November 8, 2013 / 7 p.m.
Location: Lubbock, Texas (United Spirit Arena / 15,098)
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network from Learfield Sports
Brian Hanni (Play-By-Play) and Chris Level (Analyst)
Satellite Radio: None
Television: FOX College Sports Central
Channel: Suddenlink (510), AT&T U-Verse (648), Direct TV (608)
Robert Giovannetti (Play-by-Play), John Harris (Analyst)
On The Web: Live in-game statistics and other coverage can be found at www.texastech.com
Rankings: Texas Tech: None. Houston Baptist: None.
Head Coaches: Texas Tech: Tubby Smith (Career: 511-226 in 23rd season; At Texas Tech: 0-0 in first season.)
Houston Baptist: Ron Cottrell (Career: 420-292 in 23rd season; At HBU: 73-114 in 7 seasons.)
Against Houston Baptist: Texas Tech is 4-0 all-time vs. HBU; Tubby Smith is 1-0 all-time vs. HBU.
RED RAIDERS OPEN 89TH SEASON OF PLAY
Texas Tech will tipoff the 89th season of men’s basketball on Friday night at the United Spirit Arena at 7 p.m., as the Red Raiders host the Houston Baptist Huskies. This is the fifth-ever meeting between the two teams, but the first since 1994, when Texas Tech walked away with 116-82 victory at the Coliseum. The Red Raiders are 12-1 in season openers since the United Spirit Arena in 1999. Texas Tech has won 13 straight, since dropping the 1999-00 season opener to Indiana. Since the school opened its doors in 1925, the Red Raiders have gone 61-27 (69.3 percent) in season openers and 64-24 (72.7 percent) in home openers.
TUBBY SMITH MAKES DEBUT
Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith will make his Red Raider debut on Friday, as the 16th head coach in program history. Smith is 511-226 in 22 previous seasons as a head coach at Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky and Minnesota. He has won 20-or-more games in 19 seasons and made 17 trips to the NCAA Tournament, including capturing the 1998 NCAA title while with Kentucky. He has also made nine Sweet Sixteen appearances, four Elite Eight appearances. Smith is looking to become just the second coaching in NCAA history to take five different teams to the NCAA Tournament, joining Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger. He is also one of only seven active coaches with 500 career wins and a National Championships.
Crockett, Tolbert Lead Charge
The 2013-14 edition of the Red Raiders return nine letterwinners from last season. It is the most returning letterwinners in a single season since 2007, when the Texas Tech also had nine returners. That season, Texas Tech finished 21-13 and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. For the Red Raiders to have that kind of success this season, it is going to have to come on the backs of senior Jaye Crockett and junior Jordan Tolbert. For the past two seasons, these two have combined for roughly 20 points per game and have been the foundation for the offense. The difference this year, now there are more pieces in place. Texas Tech returns 73.7 percent of its offense from last season.