The Texas Tech basketball staff opens the 2018-19 season this night and regardless of the numerous roster turnover from closing yr, there are causes to be positive about what lies forward for the Crimson Raiders.
Over seven months in the past, the most efficient season in Texas Tech basketball historical past got here to an finish within the Elite eight in opposition to eventual nationwide champion Villanova. Now, after an offseason spent reflecting on what Chris Beard and his staff completed and celebrating this system’s go back to nationwide relevance for the primary time in over a decade, lovers are able for the encore.
Texas Tech has now not been within the NCAA Event in back-to-back seasons since a primary spherical look in 2004 and a Candy 16 run in 2005 underneath Bob Knight. Since then, Tech has been within the event simply thrice (2007, 2016 and 2018).
However for Beard, closing yr’s Elite eight run used to be only a launching level for his program.
“We don’t need closing yr’s good fortune to outline us,” Beard stated at Giant 12 media days.. “We need to have our personal identification this yr.”
Step one in forging that new identification is this night’s recreation in opposition to Incarnate Phrase. Be expecting to look as many as 5 learners at the court docket this night (true freshman ahead Khavon Moore isn’t anticipated to play whilst recuperating from a damaged leg suffered all the way through his senior season of highschool) and because of this, many consider that the Crimson Raiders will take a step backwards.
After all, that isn’t what Beard or the Crimson Raiders be expecting. There’s nonetheless a number of ability in this roster and that are meant to give Texas Tech lovers a number of causes for optimism.
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