Texas Tech announced the release of their non-conference schedule, which we sort of discussed last week with the LAJ asking for a open records request of the schedule up to last week along with the payouts.
The 98th season of Texas Tech basketball is set to begin on November 7 with Northwestern State coming to Lubbock for the first of 13 non-conference regular season games that have now been officially announced. The non-conference schedule includes eight home games, a trip to Hawaii to play three games in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, a neutral-court game in Houston and a Big 12-SEC Challenge matchup against LSU in Baton Rouge.
Television designations and game times will be announced when available. The Big 12 schedule will be announced at a later date.
Tech’s non-conference schedule: Northwestern State (Nov. 7), Texas Southern (Nov. 10), Louisiana Tech (Nov. 14), three games at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational – playing Creighton in opener (Nov. 21-23), Georgetown (Nov. 30), Nicholls (Dec. 7), Eastern Washington (Dec. 13), Jackson State (Dec. 17 – at Texas Southern University), Houston Baptist (Dec. 21), South Carolina State (Dec. 27) and at LSU (Jan. 28).
And the actual schedule page is at that link. Who wants to take me to Hawaii for 3 games?
The AP Top 25 Poll had their initial release yesterday with Oklahoma at #9, Baylor at #10, Oklahoma State at #12, and future Big 12 members Cincinnati at #23, Houston at #24, and BYU at #25. Also NC State checks in at #13, which means that Texas Tech will have their hands full in non-conference play. If you are every curious as to how the voters actually vote (remember that the votes for the writers are disclosed while the coach’s poll is not disclosed) then I highly recommend College Poll Tracker, which is a neat site and gives you ideas as to the more extreme voters.
Red Raider Sports’ Justin Apodaca takes a look at the defensive backs with some tweets.