Texas Tech is one of eight teams selected to play in the 2014 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic that will take place in December in the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Red Raiders join Abilene Christian, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Loyola-Chicago, Boise State, Houston, South Carolina State and Southern Utah in the field.
Tech will play a pair of games at United Supermarkets Arena before heading to Las Vegas. The Red Raiders will take on South Carolina State in the first round on Dec. 17 and then Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the second round on Dec. 19 in Lubbock.
Texas Tech will face Loyola-Chicago in the third round at 7 p.m. CT on Dec. 22 at the Orleans Arena. Tech will then either face Boise State or Houston in the Championship Round on Dec. 23 that will be aired live on FOX Sports 1.
The Red Raiders went up against Houston last season at the Progessive Legends Classic and won 76-64. Overall, Tech is 7-2 against Houston in neutral site appearances.
Texas Tech has never faced Loyola or Boise State.
Past champions of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic include UNLV (2013), Colorado State (2012), Baylor (2011), New Mexico (2010), Alabama (2009) and Kansas State (2008).
Tickets are available at the Orleans Arena box office (702) 284-7777 or (888) 234-2334 and via the internet at www.orleansarena.com.
■ Kravic signs pro deal
Former Texas Tech center Dejan Kravic has signed his first professional contract with OEM Rethymno Aegean of the Greek Esake League for the 2014-15 season.
The 7-footer averaged 7.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks during his senior season as a Red Raider.
“I’ve been looking forward to playing pro basketball for as long as I can remember,” Kravic said in a press release. “I have been working extremely hard this summer to improve my game and am looking forward to getting to Rethymno and doing everything I can to help the club succeed this season.”
The Greek Esake League, or also known as the Greek Basketball League (GBL) is ranked as one of the Top 3 national domestic leagues in Europe, behind the Spanish ABC and the Slavic league VTB United League, which consists of teams from the former Soviet nations.
Rethymno Aegean finished last season in ninth place, just outside the playoffs and will look for Kravic to add some much needed size and athleticism down low.
Stavros Mykoniatis, chief scout and assistant coach for Rethymno Aegean, believes Kravic will significantly enhance this year’s roster.
“He is very athletic, runs the floor well and I believe he will be a very important player on our team this season,” Mykoniatis said.
Kravic was named to the Serbian national Team’s 29 man Preliminary Roster for the Federation Internationale De Basketball World Cup. He is currently competing for a spot for the National Team alongside the world’s top Serbian players.
At Texas Tech, Kravic is ranked eighth in career field goal percentage (51.1 percent). He is also ranked in several blocks categories, including career blocks per game (1.30 / fifth), total blocks (82 / ninth), single-season blocks (41 / ninth), single-season blocks per game (1.32 / ninth) and single-game blocks (5 / 11th).
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