Auburn's offensive, defensive schemes (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Auburn runs a swing offense, which is a variation of the flex offense with some motion. 

The Tigers mainly run this to keep the floor spread.

It also helps Auburn isolate certain players.

Defensively, the Tigers like to pressure.

Auburn runs “55” — where the players put on the full court press and trap the first pass in. Once the trap is broken, the Tigers run back and defend in the half court.

How Texas Tech and Auburn match up (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

The Red Raiders don’t have to worry about going up against a four out, one in Princeton-style set.

However, the Tigers have plenty of quickness in the back court that Texas Tech needs to be ready for.

Senior Antoine Mason, a graduate transfer from Niagra, is the nation’s returning leading scorer after averaging 25.6 points per game last year. After scoring 19 points in Auburn’s season opener against Milwaukee, he sprained his left ankle. He hasn’t played since then. His status is questionable for the game against Texas Tech.

Coach Tubby Smith on Justin Gray's status (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Freshman forward Justin Gray went down hard in the final minutes against Air Force as he fell directly on his back after a hard block out. 

After the game, coach Tubby Smith said Gray was getting x-rays. 

From Smith's comments Tuesday afternoon, there's a good chance Gray will play Wednesday against Auburn.

However, whether or not he will start remains up in the air.

Junior guards Toddrick Gotcher or Devaugntah Williams could start instead.

Former NBA player Chuck Person coming to Lubbock as a member of Auburn's coaching staff (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Chuck Person, the all-time leading scorer at Auburn, is now in his first year as an assistant coach at his alma mater.

Person lettered for four years at Auburn, from 1982-86, and is the all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,311 points. 

Person, who played alongside Charles Barkley and Chris Morris, helped Auburn to the first three NCAA Tournament appearances in school history (1984, 85, 86). The Tigers advanced to the Elite Eight in 1986.

During his time at Auburn, Person was a two-time All-American (1985, 1986), a three-time First Team All-SEC pick.

SEC/Big 12 Challenge begins Wednesday (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

The Big 12 conference was recently ranked No. 1 in ESPN’s conference power rankings in football.

Not the SEC.

In men’s basketball, the Big 12 has the nation’s best record, having posted a 50-9 mark to start the year for an .847 winning percentage.

Conference teams are 30-0 at home so far, the only conference in the nation that has yet to lose a home contest.

In the plethora of comebacks coach Tubby Smith has been a part of, Texas Tech's 63-62 win over Air Force Sunday afternoon ranks high on the list.

November 30, 2014 - 9:48pm

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech guard Robert Turner remembers when his former team, New Mexico Junior College, blew a 16-point lead en route to a loss in its second-round NJCAA national championship tournament game last March.

November 30, 2014 - 5:37pm

The Texas Tech men's basketball team is going to face another team that plays a Princeton-style offense in Air Force this afternoon. "We've got some time to prepare," coach Tubby Smith said after Texas Tech's win over Northwestern State on Tuesday.

November 30, 2014 - 12:30am

Northwestern State is a team that likes to push the tempo. Tuesday night, Texas Tech beat the Demons at their own game with a season-high 12 fast break points on the way to a 75-64 victory.

November 25, 2014 - 10:14pm

Candi Whitaker is frustrated.

November 7, 2014 - 12:00am