Brandon Lara looked up at a wall full of shoes past the Kobes, LeBrons and KDs to the Nike Air Force Ones. The sixth grader pointed at the all-white pair that caught his interest and Jaye Crockett pulled the shoe down for him.

August 11, 2014 - 10:51pm

Crockett signs professional contract with Tortona Orsi Derthona in Italy (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Former Texas Tech forward Jaye Crockett has signed to play professionally for Tortona Orsi Derthona in the Italian Serie 2 Silver League.

“I am really excited about this opportunity,” Crockett said in a press release. “Derthona is definitely a club on the rise and with their recent acquisitions; we have the opportunity to be successful.”

Crockett led the Red Raiders in scoring last year for the second straight season, averaging 13.9 points and 6.4 boards per game.

Texas Tech men's basketball will participate in ESPN's seventh annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. The Red Raiders hit the road to take on LSU in the last game of the marathon at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 on ESPN 2.

August 5, 2014 - 12:32am

Texas Tech MBB to participate in ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Texas Tech men's basketball will participate in ESPN's seventh annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

The Red Raiders hit the road to take on LSU in the last game of the marathon at 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 on ESPN 2.

Last season, Tech lost to the Tigers in Lubbock 71-69.

Here's the schedule according to ESPN:

Mon, Nov 17     

6 p.m.   No. 13 Baylor at No. 6 Kentucky WBB      ESPN2

6 p.m.   Miami at No. 9 Florida    ESPNU

Tech trio named to NABC Honors Court (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Luke Adams, Toddrick Gotcher and Clark Lammert were honored as members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court.

To qualify for the Honors Court, a student-athlete must have been a junior or senior academically and posted at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year. 

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.

July 23, 2014 - 12:35am

Red Raiders to compete in Las Vegas Classic (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

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.

Kravic signs first professional contract with Greece (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

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.

One sharp jab in his chest could have been fatal. When Baylor's Isaiah Austin took a charge or defended an opponent in the post, one wrong move could have ended his life.

June 27, 2014 - 10:56pm

Top 15 Big 12 MBB Returning Players (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

With the 2014 NBA Draft behind us, let's take a look at the top players returning in the Big 12 next season.

15. Monte Morris, G, Iowa State

Morris came off the bench last season to back up starting point guard DeAndre Kane. In his 28.1 minutes per game, Morris averaged only 6.8 points but dished out a total of 134 assists.

14. Ryan Spangler, F, Oklahoma