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Tue, 12/09/2014 - 2:06pm

Three weeks into the men's college basketball season, the Big 12 is ranked No. 1 by KenPom. So far, the conference is made up of undefeated Texas, TCU and Oklahoma State, in addition to one-loss Kansas, Baylor, Iowa State, Texas Tech and West Virginia.

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 9:45pm

Texas Tech men's basketball is 5-1 to start out the season with its lone loss on the road in overtime to LSU. While the Red Raiders' field goal percentage is down .043 from last season, it is their defense that has propelled them thus far.

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:35am

BETHANY, Okla. - Five Flying Queens scored double digits Thursday night to help lead Wayland Baptist to a 76-61 win over Southwestern Christian in their first Sooner Athletic Conference game of the season.

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:23am

In Tubby Smith's second year as Texas Tech's head coach, the Red Raiders are buying into his defensive system.

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 10:34pm

Texas Tech's Devaugntah Williams hits game winner over Auburn

In Tubby Smith’s second year as Texas Tech’s head coach, the Red Raiders are buying into his defensive system.

Smith runs a ball-line defense that is built on an aggressive style of play that keeps the defender always on line between the ball and the basket.

Texas Tech vs. Auburn quick hits at the half (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Texas Tech free throw woes
Texas Tech has been far from impressive from the free throw line in the first half. The Red Raiders have made only 8-of-16. Freshman center Norense Odiase is 2-2, junior guard Toddrick Gotcher is 3-5, sophomore guard Randy Onwuasor is 2-4.

 

Texas Tech forward Justin Gray went down hard in the final minutes of the Red Raiders' 63-62 victory Sunday against Air Force as he fell directly on his back after a hard block-out.

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 10:06pm

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.