On Tuesday, Texas Tech forced the Tigers into a grinding type of game. Baskets were hard to come by for both teams. But LSU showed it could win an ugly game by knocking off the Red Raiders in overtime 69-64.

November 19, 2014 - 1:23pm

Texas Tech scored 23 points in transition against Loyola in the season opener. However, coach Tubby Smith is hesitant to let LSU push the tempo on its home court when the Red Raiders face the Tigers at 8:30 p.m.

November 17, 2014 - 6:31pm

TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERSAT LSU, 8:30 P.M., BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA ESPN2 Josh Gray, former Texas Tech point guard, is now starting for LSU after playing last season at Odessa Community College. he led the national junior college stats in scoring at 34.

November 17, 2014 - 10:34pm

Texas Tech MBB quick hits against LSU (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Patient offense

Texas Tech scored 23 points in transition against Loyola in the season opener. 

However, coach Tubby Smith is hesitant to let LSU push the tempo on its home court, especially with junior Josh Gray running the point.

“You can’t really get into an up-and-down game,” Smith said. “They’re at home. Josh Gray is one of the best at pushing the ball up the court and finding people open.”

Instead, Smith wants the Red Raiders to be patient in their half court sets.

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November 17, 2014 - 3:29pm

In the 19 head coaching match-ups between father and son in college basketball, the fathers hold a decisive 17-2 edge. Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith, when he was at the helm at Kentucky, went 2-0 against his son, G.G.

November 15, 2014 - 12:39am

In the 19 head coaching match-ups between father and son in college basketball, the fathers hold a decisive 17-2 edge. Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith, when he was at the helm at Kentucky, went 2-0 against his son, G.G. Smith, when he was the point guard at Georgia. Saturday night was the first time ...

November 14, 2014 - 10:05pm

In the two hours between the moment he found out the news that he was named the new head men's basketball coach of Loyola Maryland and his introductory press conference, G.G. Smith had talked with his wife, Lorie, and his mother, Donna.

November 13, 2014 - 8:26pm

Loyola Maryland quick hits (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Loyola Maryland returns 52.7 percent of its points and 63.9 percent of its rebounds from last year’s team.

The Greyhounds’ top player, Dylon Cormier, used up his eligibility last season.

Now, junior forward Jarred Jones is the top returning scorer for Loyola after 8.6 points per game a season ago.

Junior guard Eric Laster was close behind with 8.3 points per game.

The Greyounds have six newcomers on this year’s team, one shy of Texas Tech’s seven new faces.

A look at the Red Raider back court (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Despite the 31 turnovers over the pair of exhibition games, Smith hopes the extra ball handlers he has in the back court help in that area.

Last season, Texas Tech either played senior Robert Turner or Randy Onwuasor at the point guard.

Rarely did the two step on the floor together.

That left them as the only real ball handling options in the back court.