Texas Tech Red Raiders Basketball Schedule in 2014-15
When it comes to big boy basketball, it doesn't get any bigger
than this, as the Texas Tech Red Raiders are always in the middle of one intense battle or another throughout the course of
the regular season. After a 2013-2014 campaign that had many of great moments, the Red Raiders have regrouped and again have
their eyes set on the top of the Big 12 standings, giving you plenty of reasons to put down the remote and head out to see
if they have what it takes. With so many options to choose from on the schedule, your biggest problem might picking a game,
as your head might just be spinning with the different possibilities.
The Texas Tech Red Raiders storm the hardwood
at the United Spirit Arena all throughout basketball season, and their home venue is no stranger to selling out seats during
the most anticipated matchups of the year. The Red Raiders are coached by Tubby Smith, who joined the storied tradition of
Texas Tech basketball in 2013, not long after the Knight era(s) ended. Texas Tech calls the Big 12 Conference home, a conference
that is home to some of the best college hoops programs in the nation. Of course, the Red Raiders tend to have some of the
most talented players in all of college hoops on a regular basis, giving fans plenty of reasons to head out and see a great
game featuring some of the top players in the sport.
Yup, the Raiders' roster tends to have a combination of the stars
of both today and tomorrow – a tradition that doesn't seem to be going anytime soon as they continue to bring superstars
to campus. When the Raiders are taking on a huge Big 12 rival, whether at home or away, you can count on there being an amazing
atmosphere loaded with passionate fans and the red and black colors of the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
There have been an abundance of all-star coaches in Texas Tech basketball history, but there certainly has
not been any kind of shortage of players, either. The Red Raiders have retired jersey numbers 1 and 22 for Polk Robison and
Gerald Myers, respectively, and there are tons of players that have passed through the ranks of the NBA after their service
to the Red Raiders. Fans that are regular attendees in the grandstands at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock might have noticed
jersey Nos. 1 and 22 hanging in the arena as retired jerseys, but the Red Raiders actually still use and recycle these jersey
numbers of the school's most prominent players.
There have also been plenty of other players who have gone on to play
in the NBA. Great playmakers like Tony Battie, Jeff Taylor, Bubba Jennings and many more have dominated for the Raiders before
heading on to star on the next level, and you never know when the next superstar is going to burst onto the scene with a banner
day or a breakthrough season. With plenty of talent and the promise of seeing the Raiders challenge all the top teams in the
Big 12, it doesn't get any better than this.
Texas Tech Red Raiders Experience
Fans of the Red Raiders
are prompted to get tickets to home games at the United Spirit Arena well in advance of the biggest games of the year, as
the 15,000 seats at the Texas Tech arena fill up with fans donning the scarlet and black of the Red Raiders. The student section
at United Spirit Arena, which is known as the "Rowdy Raiders," makes a big impact on the noise level at the arena, and the
excitement level boils over whenever the Red Raiders are taking on their biggest competitors on the hardwood in Lubbock. All
season long the United Spirit Arena at Texas Tech University is the place to be for thrilling sports entertainment, when the
Red Raiders hoopsters step onto the turf at their home venue for another thrilling basketball game. The fan experience is
a memorable one at the United Spirit Arena, and Red Raiders fans can hop on the bandwagon at any given point in the season.
Texas Tech Red Raiders History
Texas Tech University was founded in 1925, and the university wasted absolutely
no time in getting a basketball program started, with the very first Red Raiders basketball team storming the court the same
year. First coached by Grady Higginbotham, the Texas Tech Red Raiders developed a strong basketball team through trial and
error. Under the leadership of coach Polk Robison, the Red Raiders found their first two NCAA Tournament berths, and by the
'70s, the Texas Tech hoopsters were a bona fide well-oiled machine.
The Red Raiders got a boost of attention in 2001,
when the legendary Bob Knight, former controversial coach of the Indiana Hoosiers, became head coach of the Texas Tech team.
Knight replaced James Dickey in the head coach role at the time, and turned around the team's record, leading the Red Raiders
to three NCAA Tournament appearances from his tenure from 2001 to 2008. The Red Raiders have made it to the NCAA Tournament
15 times and reached the Sweet Sixteen on five occasions, giving them a taste of Tournament success and providing plenty of
optimism for a bright future.
Texas Tech Red Raiders Trivia
Did you know that Tony Battie is the highest
draft pick in the history of the program?
With the fifth overall pick in 1997 by the Denver Nuggets, Battie turned his
superstar stint at Texas Tech into the best standing for a Raider in the history of the NBA draft.
Red Raiders Fans
If you come out to see the Raiders this season, one thing will be abundantly clear: the Raiders have
some of the very best fans in the nation. Though all of the sports tend to bring in excitable fans, it really all comes together
when the Raiders take to the hardwood, as thousands pour into the stands to show their support as the Raiders look to pile
up the wins and once again be major factors in the ultracompetitive Big 12.