On Saturday, Texas Tech men’s basketball released their non-conference schedule.
|3-Nov||Angelo State||United Supermarkets Arena||Exhibition|
|10-Nov||South Alabama||United Supermarkets Arena||Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Regional|
|14-Nov||Maine||United Supermarkets Arena||Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Regional|
|18-Nov||Boston College||Uncasvile, Connecticut||Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tournament|
|19-Nov||TBA||Uncasvile, Connecticut||Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tournament|
|22-Nov||Wofford||United Supermarkets Arena|
|5-Dec||Nevada||United Supermarkets Arena|
|13-Dec||Kennesaw State||United Supermarkets Arena|
|16-Dec||Rice||Lubbock Municipal Coliseum|
|19-Dec||Florida Atlantic||United Supermarkets Arena|
|22-Dec||Abilene Christian||United Supermarkets Arena|
|27-Dec||South Carolina||Columbia, South Carolina||Big 12/SEC Challenge|
The non-conference portion of the schedule will feature all games at home except for three, two games being part of the Naismith Memorial hall of Fame Tournament and a third game as part of the Big 12 / SEC Challenge and Texas Tech will play South Carolina in Columbia.
The game against Rice at the Coliseum is part of a throw-back game, complete with throw-back uniforms, something I don’t think the basketball team has ever had (i.e. uniforms of the throwback variety) so it should be a pretty cool event.
Overall, the Red Raiders have nine nonconference home dates at the United Supermarkets Arena and a throwback matchup with former Southwest Conference rival Rice (Dec. 16) at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. The Bubble served as Texas Tech’s home court from 1956-57 to 1998-99 highlighted by a 35-game winning streak and two undefeated marks during the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. Further information, including ticket options, for the Coliseum game will be announced at a later date.
I always sort of wish that non-conference would be a bit beefed up, South Carolina is obviously a tough opponent after last year’s Final Four run for the Gamecocks, but other than that, I don’t know of any other tournament teams. Again, this could come back to haunt Texas Tech if they’re looking to get into the NCAA Tournament and need a beefed up strength of schedule.