KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Keenan Evans didn’t just say it once. He said it multiple times — “We can’t overlook them.” The junior guard wasn’t just mindlessly using a cliche to get through an interview. There was purpose behind it. “Just because you beat them once or twice doesn’t mean you...

Tue, 03/07/2017 - 8:05pm

Keenan Evans is one of the most improved players in the Big 12 this year. All his hard work earned him a spot on the all-Big 12 third team, as voted on by the league’s coaches. As a freshman, Evans put up 5.8 points in 18.2 minutes per game in a reserve role behind Robert Turner. A year later, Eva...

Sun, 03/05/2017 - 2:10pm

MANHATTAN, Kan. - For most of its road games, Texas Tech traveled with a 2-by-4 wooden plank that symbolized how the Red Raiders wanted to attack road games. Metaphorically speaking, Chris Beard would offer the players something if they walked across the plank while it was on the ground, something t...

Sat, 03/04/2017 - 4:02pm

In every game Chris Beard has coached, the white board in the locker room has a plethora of things written on it, from motivational messages to nuggets of the game plan. Wednesday evening before Texas Tech’s final home contest against Texas, the board was mostly blank. Except for one word — Marc...

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 10:30pm

From before the season began, Chris Beard has been all about his five seniors. They’re the backbone of this program - who he wanted to have success for his first year and who he entrusted to shape the future of Texas Tech basketball. In the case of Aaron Ross, who has played here for five years, h...

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 11:10pm

Sitting on the couch in the player’s lounge before practice, Aaron Ross didn’t give it any extra thought. His tone was the usual. Keenan Evans describes it as “just so monotone,” which makes the joke even funnier and has the ability to smooth the excitement of what’s great and make it appe...

Tue, 02/28/2017 - 8:10pm

STILLWATER, Okla. — After the brutal stretch of heartbreaking losses Texas Tech has had over the past month, many people figured that Tech was just going to roll over. But those people don’t know these Red Raiders. As they did after the one-point loss to Kansas to top Baylor at home a little mor...

Sat, 02/25/2017 - 4:30pm

Chris Beard called it. The Texas Tech coach knew Oklahoma State was a win away from going on a run in Big 12 play and climbing the conference standings. When the Cowboys came to Lubbock on Jan. 21, they were at the bottom of the league with an 0-6 Big 12 record....

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 6:15pm

For the second time in 48 hours, Texas Tech dropped a close one in overtime. With six seconds left on the clock, Nick Weiler-Babb missed both free throws and Texas Tech had a chance to tie to get the win. Keenan Evans brought the ball up the floor and, when he was cut off, threw the ball to Zach Smi...

Tue, 02/21/2017 - 12:15am

I asked Keenan Evans to analyze his play so far back in December. The junior guard grinned and shook his head, not sure what to say. So I changed my question: “How would your mom describe your game?” Keenan’s mom, Shantell, was a four-year starter for the women’s basketball team at Arkansas-...

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 10:20pm