I’ve never liked jack-in-the-boxes. I don’t handle suspense too well — knowing something’s coming with the inability to control it. So I refused to “play” with one. But one day, I decided to face my fear of the tiny, obnoxious clown in the musical box. As I turned the knob on the side of...

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 8:00pm

Chris Beard knew if his Red Raiders kept their turnovers in the single digits, they had a good chance to leaving Hilton Coliseum with a victory. Instead, Texas Tech coughed up a total of 15 turnovers that led to 14 points for Iowa State. Most of those errors seemed like panic plays. Here’s a break...

Mon, 01/02/2017 - 3:55am

Texas Tech came out with arguably its best start in Ames in recent history and built a double-digit lead over Iowa State. Then Naz Mitrou-Long, one of the best shooters in the Big 12, sank a triple to give the Cyclones their first lead of the game with 4:29 to play. And they didn’t let it go as Io...

Fri, 12/30/2016 - 10:16pm

Justin Gray wasn’t in Ames back in 2014. Then a freshman, Gray was in the hospital recovering from season-ending knee surgery. He turned on the television in his room and watched as Texas Tech scored only 38 points in Hilton Coliseum as the Red Raiders ended that season 13-19. That moment was one ...

Thu, 12/29/2016 - 7:15pm

After losing arguably the best senior class in Big 12 history, it made sense that things would most likely drop off around the conference. But, as Kansas has continually reloaded instead of rebuilding for more than a decade, the rest of the Big 12 followed the lead of the most dominant reigning conf...

Sun, 12/25/2016 - 9:01pm

Chris Beard has stated multiple times that attendance directly affects performance. Need proof? Look at Kansas, a team that’s won more Big 12 regular season titles (12) than lost home games (9) in Bill Self’s tenure. This season alone, an average of more than 16,000 fans have packed Allen Fieldh...

Fri, 12/23/2016 - 9:20pm

It wasn’t until the next-to-last week of the non-conference slate, but Texas Tech basketball joined its Big 12 peers by receiving votes in a national poll. The Red Raiders received three votes from the Coaches Poll after going to Richmond and defeating the Spiders 79-72. However, Texas Tech remain...

Thu, 12/22/2016 - 5:45pm

It’s all about progression in college basketball. Players taking their coach’s advice to heart to become a better player. That’s been evident this season with guys like Keenan Evans and Devon Thomas. Wednesday afternoon, even though he didn’t match his career high in points he set on his bir...

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 9:10pm

Chris Beard mentioned Tuesday morning that he wanted to see his players put together a full 40 minutes against Longwood. It wasn’t 40 minutes, and it wasn’t without some sloppiness, but Texas Tech finished with a 91-60 win over the Lancers. After a slow first half where Texas Te...

Wed, 12/21/2016 - 6:20pm

For those outside of Lubbock, and the Big 12 even, there’s some unknown with Texas Tech so far this season. The 9-1 record entering Saturday morning’s contest was mostly against teams with an RPI of 101 or higher. The Red Raiders used their first nationally televised ESPN network game — in the...

Sat, 12/17/2016 - 3:05pm