Much has been made about the recent rule change from the 35-second shot clock to the 30-second clock in men’s college basketball.
For Kansas coach Bill Self, that doesn’t make much difference for him and his team.
The biggest change, in his opinion, is often overlooked.
The five-second closely guarded count on a dribble will no longer be called.
Whenever an offensive player had the ball and a defender was guarding him closely, he had five seconds until he had to pass the ball.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tubby Smith enters his third season at the helm of the Texas Tech men’s basketball program with the hopes of finally turning things around.
His first year in Lubbock, Smith led the Red Raiders to a trio of wins over top 25 teams in a 14-18 season.
Last year, with one of the youngest rosters in the country, Texas Tech finished 13-19.
This season, Smith hopes to break through and finish in the upper half of the conference standings, despite being picked to finish last in the Preseason Big 12 poll.
The first book Tubby Smith ever read was "They Call Me Coach," by John Wooden.
“I had him autograph it years ago,” the Texas Tech coach said. “Then we had a chance to be the inaugural first team to play in the first inaugural John Wooden Classic in Anaheim, California, when I was in Kentucky. A lot of firsts. I’d see him at all the Final Fours, just a great man. Not just a great coach but a great man.”
Smith was recently announced as the recipient for the 2016 John R. Wooden “Legends of Coaching” award.
He couldn’t find words to describe how he felt about the honor.
Kansas picked to win its 12th straight title
Kansas is the preseason choice to win the Big 12 men’s basketball regular season championship.
The Jayhawks were a unanimous selection and are the favorite for the 14th time in conference history overall.
Kansas returns four starters back from a squad that recorded its 10th consecutive season with 25 or more victories.
Senior Perry Ellis leads the squad after being the only player in the conference in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage.
Texas Tech men’s basketball head coach Tubby Smith will receive the 2016 John R. Wooden “Legends of Coaching” award announced Tuesday at the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s annual Wooden Award Tipoff Luncheon.
The Award recognizes the lifetime achievement of coaches who exemplify Coach Wooden’s high standards of coaching success and personal achievement.
For the first time since January, Justin Gray ran around on the court with his teammates at United Supermarkets Arena in front of the Red Raider faithful. The sophomore forward, after sitting out most of Big 12 play a season ago, is ready for the 2015-16 season to begin.
After the men’s and women’s basketball teams were introduced to Texas Tech fans at Homecoming and Hoops, Gray has one message as the college basketball season is less than a month away — “Get ready for the new era of Texas Tech basketball.”
In conjunction with Homecoming week, the Texas Tech men’s and women’s basketball programs will play host to “Homecoming and Hoops Pep Rally” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9 at the United Supermarkets Arena.
Admission to the event is free with doors opening at 7 p.m.
While both basketball teams will be introduced, along with head coaches Tubby Smith and Candi Whitaker, the men’s basketball players will be showcased in a dunk contest.
Last year, senior Robert Turner took home the prize (http://bit.ly/1L4j3QO).
Toddrick Gotcher had one word to describe Texas Tech’s Canadian Foreign Tour — magical.
“I can’t say enough about it,” the senior guard said. “It’s been magical for us because we bonded well, we won games and we learned our roles during the games. We know who to go to. If we need stops, we know who to go to and things like that. That Canada trip was magical and it really helped us out.”
The Red Raiders went 4-0 on that trip during mid-August.
Tech basketball adds nine TV appearances
The Texas Tech men’s basketball program has added nine television appearances to its 2015-16 schedule announced Thursday by the Texas Tech Athletics Department and Red Raider Sports Properties, a property of Learfield Sports.
Every regular season and postseason game of the 2015-16 season will be televised.