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.
The Texas Tech men’s basketball team will square off against Auburn to open the championship rounds of the 2016 Cancun Challenge announced Thursday by tournament organizers.
The championship rounds will be played on Nov. 22 and Nov. 23 at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico.
The Red Raiders are joined by Purdue and Utah State in the four-team Riviera Division.
Both of Tech’s games from Mexico will be televised by CBS Sports Network.
Texas Tech men's basketball will host LSU in the fourth annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge the conference announced Tuesday morning.
For the second straight year, all games in the challenge will be played in one day - January 28. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will combine to televise every contest.
The Big 12 is 20-10 in the challenge, having won the series in each of its first three seasons.
The Red Raiders dropped their SEC/Big 12 Challenge game last season at Arkansas in overtime.
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Red Raiders’Jackson to transfer
Texas Tech basketball player Jordan Jackson, who played in 23 games last season as a backup, announced Monday he’s leaving the program.
Jackson is a 6-foot-3 guard and a son of former Tech basketball great Sheryl Swoopes and former Brownfield athlete Eric Jackson.
In a statement posted on his Twitter account, Jackson thanked the staff of former Tech coach Tubby Smith “for giving me an opportunity to grow not only athletically but personally and academically.”
Northwest Florida State College guard Shadell Millinghaus committed and signed his National Letter of Intent on Saturday to play basketball for Texas Tech.
"I'm looking forward to building a great bond with my new teammates and coaches," Millinghaus said by phone Sunday. "I know we're going to work hard toward winning the Big 12 title."
Millinghaus, who averaged 16.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, two assists and 1.7 steals per in 30 contests as a sophomore for the Raiders last season, is slated to have two years of eligibility.
Following executive session, the Texas Tech Board of Regents voted 7-0 Monday to authorize interim president John Opperman to approve Chris Beard as the Texas Tech men’s basketball coach.
Beard, who replaced the recently departed Tubby Smith after agreeing to contract terms Friday, is the 17th head coach in Red Raiders program history. He held the same position at UNLV.
Terms of the contract have not been released.
Chris Beard’s Arkansas-Little Rock team finished with only five losses last season.
One of which came at the United Supermarkets Arena.
After that game in late December, Beard mentioned that Texas Tech had the type of team he was trying to build at Little Rock.
Less than three days after Tubby Smith left for Memphis, Beard returns to Lubbock for a job that is far from a rebuild.
Now, Beard has the program he was striving toward as the foundation to launch off of toward a great future of Texas Tech men’s basketball.
Chris Beard struggled to keep the tears inside as he turned to his right.
There sat his three daughters.
Avery, with her days-old driver’s license, drove her younger sisters Ella and Margo from Abilene to Lubbock on Friday night to welcome their dad home.
“I’m proud to be able to come home,” Beard said, “And be closer to you guys.”
From his daughters, Beard’s gaze shifted more to his left toward his new family — a group of young men eagerly listening to the man, they hope, will turn their dreams into reality.