Today at 4:30 p.m. starts the greatest 24-plus hours in sports.
It’s one of my favorite times of the year - the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon.
It’s over a day’s worth of basketball back-to-back-to-back, and it’s fantastic.
It starts with the UConn women and ends with the Champions Classic.
Three huge match-ups take place tonight before midnight strikes.
Senior Devaugntah Williams stepped up when Texas Tech needed him to the most.
Midway through the second half, the Red Raiders led by four before Williams drained back-to-back 3-pointers to give Texas Tech some cushion.
However, High Point fought back to take a 3-point lead with less than three minutes left to play before Williams answered with a trey of his own to tie things up again.
Dr. James Naismith first nailed peach baskets to the balconies at each end of the International Young Men’s Christian Association Training School (now Springfield College in Massachusetts) in December 1891.
The first game was played with a soccer ball, nine player teams and called by a set of 13 rules.
Those original rules were first published a month after the first game was played in the school’s newspaper, The Triangle.
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
TEXAS TECH VS. HIGH POINT
8 P.M. FRIDAY, UNITED SUPERMAKETS ARENA
Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith tells his players stories from his days playing basketball at High Point.
They’ve also seen pictures of their coach in his High Point uniform paired with his knee-high striped socks.
While the Red Raiders stretch before practices, Smith usually shoots around while he tells his stories.
“We can see what type of player he was,” sophomore Norense Odiase said smiling. “He doesn’t make a lot of shots.”
Over Texas Tech’s two exhibition basketball games, the Red Raider bench combined to score 98 points.
Junior forward Aaron Ross had led the charge through those games with 15 points against Concordia and 10 against West Texas A&M.
“That helps us that we have that type of bench play,” coach Tubby Smith said. “It puts a lot of pressure on our opponent because we won’t let up.”
After the game against the Buffaloes, Smith went on to mention how pleased he was with the Red Raiders’ shooting from the perimeter.
No matter what Texas Tech did, West Texas A&M wasn’t going away.
It wasn’t until halfway through the second half that the Red Raiders got the separation they’d been working for all game long.
Texas Tech was a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor, including 2-for-2 from the perimeter, to gain an 11-point edge.
Despite fighting back for most of the game, the Buffaloes couldn’t make it happen a fourth time as the Red Raiders took the 91-74 victory Monday night at United Supermarkets Arena.
Most of the Buffaloes’ success happened beyond the 3-point line.
TEXAS TECH VS. WEST TEXAS A&M
MONDAY, NOV. 9, 7 P.M.
West Texas A&M
This is the Buffaloes’ first Division I exhibition game in 20 years since October 30, 1995 when they fell to Colorado State in Fort Collins 94-64.
West Texas A&M leads the all-time series against the Red Raiders 56-27 with the last meeting between the two teams coming on December 12, 1982 in a 95-77 Texas Tech win in Lubbock.