Gillispie Era Begins:Red Raiders vs. Bulldogs

The Billy Gillispie era begins tonight at the United Spirit Arena as Tech faces the Bulldogs of Southwestern Oklahoma State.

Preparation time is over for the new-look Red Raider Basketball team as tonight will be the first test of the season against an actual opponent.

Texas Tech faces off against Southwestern Oklahoma State University tonight in its first of two exhibition games to get ready for the 2011-2012 basketball season at 7 p.m. in the United Spirit Arena.

Billy Gillispie takes the floor tonight for the first time at the helm of this program and will see if all the offseason changes made to the coaching staff and roster will pay off for the Red Raiders this season.

Only three players from last season's squad are back including lone senior Robert Lewandowski, who averaged 8.5 points per game and 4.3 boards per game as well.

There will be 13 new faces on the court tonight with nine of those being freshmen, and three transfers.

For Southwestern Oklahoma State, the Bulldogs are coming off a big exhibition win against Southern Nazarene winning 71-54 on Tuesday.

Senior Chase Elliot led the Bulldogs with 12 points, and was followed by Dominick Cornelius, a junior, who put up 11 points in the blowout win.

Out of the 16 Bulldogs that played in the win, 10 of them recorded points, and as a team Southwestern Oklahoma State pulled down 35 rebounds.

Tonight will be the first real test for the Red Raiders, despite it only being an exhibition game, but it will be the first time the fans will get a glimpse of the start to the Gillispie era at Texas Tech.

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