Tubby Smith made his entrance into United Supermarkets Arena as Shaft on a motorcycle. A few seconds later, the Texas Tech head coach was down for the count. "It was part of the act," Smith said afterwards.

October 17, 2014 - 11:14pm

This year's Iowa State team is versatile. And that should surprise no one. Especially after last season when center/power forward Georges Niang often brought the ball up the floor before alley-ooping to point guard DeAndre Kane for a quick bucket.

October 16, 2014 - 9:24pm

Toddrick Gotcher's Slam Dunk competition predictions (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

In the Showtime event tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in United Supermarkets Arena, Texas Tech men's basketball will have a slam dunk competition. Here's who junior guard Toddrick Gotcher expects to win.

Robert Turner's Slam Dunk competition predictions (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

In the Showtime event tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in United Supermarkets Arena, Texas Tech men's basketball will have a slam dunk competition. Here's who senior point guard Robert Turner expects to win.

Four Big 12 teams in Preseason Coaches Poll (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Four Big 12 men's basketball teams were ranked in the USA Today Men's Basketball Coaches Poll.

Kansas led the conference at No. 5 with Texas close behind at No. 10.

Iowa State landed at No. 14, and Oklahoma was picked No. 19.

Kansas State and Baylor each received votes.

Overall, Kentucky was picked No. 1, and Arizona was No. 2.

Duke and Wisconsin round out the top four.

Editor's note: This is the first of a nine-part series previewing the Big 12 teams this season. Tomorrow: Iowa State The Bears graduated 50 percent of its scoring and rebounding from last season.

October 15, 2014 - 5:29pm

KANSAS CITY - Tubby Smith had never lost like this before. In his second season as head coach at Tulsa he led the Golden Tornadoes to a 15-14 record. After that he won 20 or more games 19 times, making the NCAA tournament in each of those campaigns.

October 15, 2014 - 5:29pm