Interim basketball coach has led team to 9-9 record through 18 games
Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt on Tuesday said he believes interim basketball coach Chris Walker has done an “exceptional” job this season, but he did not indicate when a decision may come on Walker’s future with the program.
Responding to an interview request to discuss Walker and the future of the basketball program, Hocutt said in a statement he is pleased with the work Walker has done.
Basketball players invited to event following Tech's game against West Virginia on Saturday
Tech basketball hosts reception for former players
The Texas Tech basketball program will host a reception for former players on Saturday following the Red Raiders’ game against West Virginia.
The contest against the Mountaineers is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., and basketball alumni are invited to gather at Club Red inside United Spirit Arena following the game.
The former players are also invited to Tech practice at 4 p.m. Friday.
Those who wish to attend can RSVP with Melinda Pharies at (806) 742-7600 or by email at email@example.com.
Chris Walker shouldn’t be blamed for getting a little greedy following Texas Tech’s 73-57 loss to Texas on Saturday.
The Red Raiders coach had just watched Tech sophomore forward Jordan Tolbert (18 points and 13 rebounds) turn in his second strong performance in as many games, his hustle and energy pulling the visitors to within eight in the second half before Texas closed things out.
Lack of ball control costly
Texas entered Saturday’s game against Texas Tech with the worst turnover margin in the Big 12 Conference, but it was the Red Raiders’ giveaways that proved costly in their 73-57 loss to the Longhorns.
Tech committed 12 of its 19 turnovers in the first half, including a number of miscues at halfcourt that resulted in easy transition opportunities for the Longhorns. Texas enjoyed an 22-7 edge in points off turnovers and a 12-4 advantage in fastbreak points.
Red Raiders searching for first win in Austin since 1996
Chris Walker has never coached against Rick Barnes, but the Texas Tech coach has already notched one memorable victory against his counterpart at Texas.
Walker was a sophomore point guard at Villanova on Jan. 30, 1990, when Barnes, then the coach at Providence, brought the Friars into town for a Big East Conference showdown. Barnes liked what he saw in the first half, as Providence sprinted to a 20-point lead at halftime.
Clark Lammert will have reason to give his younger brother, Connor, a hard time when the two meet before Texas Tech plays Texas at 7 p.m. today in Austin.
After all, it might be a little weird for Clark to see his brother wearing the colors of the team the two used to beat up on all those years ago.
“When we were tiny, we were both on a (YMCA) team called the Raptors,” said Connor, a freshman forward at Texas. “We used to always have this one team we played called the Longhorns. It’s kind of funny now.”
In this week’s Avalanche-Journal Big 12 power rankings: The Jayhawks continue to hum along, a tight battle emerges at the No. 2 spot and Texas Tech inches up the ladder.
1. Kansas (17-1, 5-0)
Nothing to see here. Just the same boring, consistent excellence from Bill Self’s squad. Buoyed by a suffocating defense, the Jayhawks have ripped off 16 straight wins, the longest winning streak in the nation. If KU can protect home court against Oklahoma on Saturday, it could find itself ranked No. 1 in the country.
Dominant rebound effort key
That Iowa State launched 23 3-pointers against Texas Tech on Wednesday night came as no surprise to the Red Raiders.
Tech knew the Cyclones, by far the Big 12’s most long-range-happy team, would fire plenty of them. The key, Tech coach Chris Walker stressed to his team, was preventing long misses from turning into short, second-chance buckets.
Two days before Texas Tech’s biggest win in at least two years, Chris Walker began an address to his team by invoking a name synonymous with college basketball royalty.
“I gave them (Duke coach) Mike Krzyzewski’s record his first three years in conference play,” the Tech coach said. “It was 6-8, 4-10 and 3-11. I said, ‘Did you guys know that?’ They said, ‘No.’”