Texas Tech Red Raiders Basketball
Lubbock, Texas is where you can find the Texas Tech University Red Raiders athletic
teams, and there's nothing but fierce competitive action whenever the Red Raiders sports teams are on home turf. When it comes
to Texas Tech athletics, the most prominent team making waves on the scene is the basketball squad, which has made a name
for itself in the NCAA as a perennial hard hitter. As part of the Big 12 Conference, the Texas Tech Red Raiders are constantly
the team to beat the division, and famous names such as legendary coach Bob Knight have led the Red Raiders into the national
spotlight more than once over the last several years.
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) vanquished. 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.
Texas Tech Red
Raiders Basketball Trivia
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.
Texas Tech Red Raiders Basketball Players and Coaches
Bob Knight was no blip in the radar for the Texas Tech Red Raiders, and he even celebrated a milestone as the winningest coach
in men's college basketball history on New Year's Day in 2007, when Texas Tech beat New Mexico for Knight's 880th career victory.
Diehard college basketball fans know the saga of Bob Knight, but they might not know that Knight's son, Pat Knight, was his
immediate successor in 2008 upon the elder Knight's retirement. Pat Knight took the reigns of Texas Tech basketball until
2011, thus ending the Knight name in Texas Tech basketball.
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 did you know
that the Red Raiders actually still use and recycle these jersey numbers of the school's most prominent players?
Tech Red Raiders Tournament History
As part of the tough Big 12 Conference, the Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball team
has their work cut out for them to make it to the NCAA Tournament at the end of the regular season every year. A tournament
berth is never taken for granted, and the Red Raiders bring out fans in droves to cheer on the team to victory against conference
rivals in order to secure a spot in the Big Dance.
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.