Texas Tech Red Raiders Schedule in 2013-14
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 league that is home to some of the
best college hoops programs in the nation. The team had a hard tie racking up the wins in conference play last season, but
they're determined to play much better in 2013-14. Red Raiders fans can get into the basketball action this season by checking
out the team schedule and heading to the United Spirit Arena for the biggest games of the year.
The Red Raiders will
have a tough game on their hands when the Kansas Jayhawks visit Lubbock, TX this season. The Jayhawks have two of the best
freshman in the nation in Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embid. Both of these players are in the running for the top pick in the
2014 NBA Draft, which shows how good this duo really is. Wiggins is an outstanding athlete is becoming more aggressive on
the offensive end of the court as the season progresses. Embid was very raw coming into the 2013-14 campaign, but he has developed
much quicker than anticipated. If the Raiders hope to stop the Jayhawks they'll have to focus on slowing down these two freshmen.
Raiders will close out their home schedule against the Texas Longhorns, another Big 12 rival. Texas always has some of the
best recruits in the nation, so any matchup with them is going to be a big game. When it's the final home game of the season
the stakes go up even more, as every team wants to finish the regular season with a victory.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
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.
Texas Tech Red Raiders Trivia
When was the first season that the Texas Tech Red Raiders
reach the Sweet Sixteen?
The answer is 1961, and the team would return to the round of 16 the following year as well.
Great Players for 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.
Texas Tech Red Raiders Fan
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.