Here we go. Texas Tech basketball released the 2019-2020 schedule yesterday. Let’s break it down month-by-month.
The only game is the exhibition game against UTEP in El Paso to benefit a non-profit that will assist the victims of the El Paso shootings. This is what Beard does, which is give back, play at places that Texas Tech would not normally play and likes to give back to West Texas. That exhibition is October 12th, less than a month away.
The real games start on November 5th hosting Eastern Illinois and then hosting Bethune-Cookman on November 9th. Again, Beard and Texas Tech taking care of West Texas, the Red Raiders will play Houston Baptist in Midland in the Chaparral Center.
The Red Raiders will then play in Las Vegas (these preliminary games are in Lubbock) against Tennessee State and Long Island, on November 21st and November 24th. The Red Raiders will then actually be in Las Vegas to play Iowa and then either San Diego State of Creighton on November 28th and 29th.
I don’t know why, but I’ve always like DePaul, maybe it’s because I was fascinated with Mark Aguirre or Dallas Comegys back in the day, but Texas Tech will play in Chicago as part of the Big 12/Big East Alliance (an alliance!) on December 4th. Then, Texas Tech will be in New York City to take on Louisville on December 10th.
The Red Raiders will then hunker down at home for three games before the conference schedule, Southern Mississippi on December 16th, UTRGV on December 21st, and CSU Bakersfield on December 29th.
The conference slate starts at home against Oklahoma State as the new year arrives on January 4th, and then on January 7th will host the Baylor Bears. Texas Tech will then go on a 2-game road trip to Morgantown on January 11th against West Virginia and then to Manhattan against Kansas State on January 14th. Texas Tech will be back at home against Iowa State on January 18th before hitting the road against TCU on January 21st.
Then, the big one. Kentucky will be in Lubbock on January 25th and this game-time is already set and most likely, it would seem like GameDay is prime to be in Lubbock for this game.
The month ends with Texas Tech hosting West Virginia on January 29th.
It should be noted that Texas Tech has 3 games on the Big 12 internet channel, Big 12 Now, Kansas State, TCU, and West Virginia. The only way you will be able to watch these games is to subscribe to this internet channel for a month.
January has 7 conference games, while February has 9 conference games.
@ Kansas on February 1st
Oklahoma on February 4th
@ Texas on February 8th
TCU on February 10th
@ Oklahoma State on February 15th
Kansas State on February 19th
@ Iowa State on February 22nd
@ Oklahoma on February 25th
Texas on February 29th
That’s 5 conference road games and 4 home games. The Oklahoma State game is on CBS, which I find interesting as an anecdote.
Only two conference games in March, at Baylor on March 2nd and the the conference season ends as Texas Tech hosts Kansas on March 7th. You know that you’re big-time when you host Kansas on Senior Day. The Big 12 Tournament follows.