(This is the first in a five-part series on the offseason for Texas Tech men's basketball. Follow the remainder of the series in the sports section through Monday.)
A month prior, the Red Raiders were the picture of exuberance.
On April 14, in the same arena were Texas Tech celebrated its first NCAA Tournament berth in nine years, a usually jovial bunch was dead quiet.
SEC/Big 12 times, networks announced
The Texas Tech men’s basketball team will take on LSU at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 28 as part of the 2017 SEC/Big 12 Challenge.
The networks and times for the 2017 SEC/Big 12 Challenge presented by Sonic have been finalized, the two conferences and ESPN announced on Monday.
Every game of the challenge is slated to air on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU with match-ups slated every two hours beginning at 11 am.
Men's and women's basketball season tickets on sale
Men’s and women’s basketball season tickets on sale
Season tickets for the 2016-17 Texas Tech men’s and women’s basketball seasons are on sale now announced Monday by the Texas Tech Athletics Ticket Office.
Fans can purchase season tickets online at www.texastech.com, in person at the Texas Tech athletics ticket office located on the east side of Jones AT&T Stadium or via the phone at (806) 742-8324. Men’s basketball season tickets are already on pace to surpass the 2015-16 season total later this week.
Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Chris Beard announced his coaching staff for the 2016-17 season on Thursday.
Mark Adams, Chris Odgen and Al Pinkins will serve as assistant coaches for the Red Raiders. The support staff will include Brian Burg as the Chief of Staff, Max Lefevre as the Director of Player Development and John Reilly will head the strength and conditioning program.
A sportswriter once asked Texas Tech basketball coach Gene Gibson whether he’d measured Del Ray Mounts with Mounts barefoot.
“We don’t know how tall he is in his bare feet,” Gibson responded. “We don’t need to. He doesn’t play in his bare feet.”
“On the program, they listed me at 5-10,” Mounts said Monday. “But I never did see 5-10. I was 5-9 and three-quarters. ... I could jump pretty good.”
Leroy Buchanan is about to compete with the best players in the country.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound guard at Northeast Mississippi Community College, accepted an invitation — along with teammates Kendarius Smith and Kendall Stafford — to a couple of high-profile junior college events over the next two weeks.
Since taking over the Texas Tech men’s basketball program back in April, Chris Beard has reshaped the roster in what has been a short span of time.
In less than three months, the Red Raiders have undergone what could only be called a large transformation as Toddrick Gotcher and Devaugntah Williams exhausted their eligibility due to graduation while several players transferred out of the program.
A year after joining the Texas Tech men’s basketball team as a walk-on, Matthew Temple was awarded an athletic scholarship Tuesday.
As a junior, Temple started Tech’s final 15 games after Norense Odiase injured his foot at TCU on Jan. 18 last season. He scored 66 of his 88 points and grabbed 30 of his 43 rebounds during the 15-game stretch during which the Red Raiders earned the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 2007.
The Wichita Falls native piled up a career-high 11 points on 5-of-7 from the floor at Oklahoma State.