Tech’s 2014-15 Schedule Very Manageable takes a closer look at the Red Raiders 2014-15 schedule on the hardwood.

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Texas Tech 2014-15 Schedule
(All Times CDT)
Nov. 3: vs. SE OKST, 7 p.m.
Nov. 8: vs. A&M Comm., 7 p.m.
Nov. 14: vs Loyola, MD, 8 p.m.
Nov. 18: at LSU, 9:30 p.m.
Nov. 22: vs. Mo. St., 7 p.m.
Nov. 25: vs. NWST, 7 p.m.
Nov. 30: vs Air Force, 1 p.m.
Dec. 3: vs Auburn, 8 p.m.
Dec. 10: vs Fresno St., 8 p.m.
Dec. 14: vs PV A&M, 1 p.m.
Dec. 17: vs SCar St., 7 p.m.
Dec. 19: vs Ark-PB, 8 p.m.
#Dec. 22: vs Loyola, IL, 7 p.m.
#Dec. 23: vs BSU/UH, TBA.
Dec. 29: vs UNT, 7 p.m.
*Jan. 3: vs Texas, TBA
*Jan. 5: vs WVU, 6 p.m.
*Jan. 10: at Kansas, 2 p.m.
*Jan. 14: at Kansas St., 8 p.m.
*Jan. 17: vs TCU, TBA
*Jan. 21: at Okla. St., 8 p.m.
*Jan. 24: vs Iowa St., TBA
*Jan. 28: at Oklahoma, TBA
*Jan. 31: at WVU, 11 a.m.
*Feb. 4: vs KSU, 8 p.m.
*Feb. 7: at Iowa St., 1 p.m.
*Feb. 10: vs. Kansas, TBA
*Feb. 14: at Texas, TBA
*Feb. 17: Baylor, 6 p.m.
*Feb. 21: Oklahoma, TBA
*Feb. 25: at TCU, TBA
*Feb. 28: Okla. St., TBA
*Mar. 6: at Baylor, 8 p.m.
*Mar. 11-14: Big 12 Tourney
#-Denotes games played in Las Vegas, NV.
*-Denotes Big 12 games.

schedule for the young but rather talented Texas Tech Red Raiders shapes up nicely. Of the 31 games on the slate, 20 will be played in the cozy confines of United Supermarkets Arena, two will be at a neutral site, and nine will be road clashes with Big 12 foes.

After two exhibition games, Tech opens the season on Nov. 14 in Lubbock against a Loyola (Md.) squad coached by none other than G. G. Smith, son of Tubby Smith. A Patriot League program, Loyola went 11-19 last season. This will be the first meeting between the two schools.

Four days later the Red Raiders will face a stiff test when they travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to take on ex-Red Raider Josh Gray and the LSU Tigers. This game will probably be the toughest on Tech’s non-conference slate.

Following the visit to the bayou, the Red Raiders play eight straight in the USA. First up is a Missouri State (formerly Southwest Missouri State) team that went 20-13 last season in the Missouri Valley Conference. Then comes Northwestern State which posted a 17-14 mark in the Southland Conference last year. Next, Tech takes on an Air Force Falcons outfit that went 12-18 in the Mountain West in 2013-14.

Another challenge presents itself when the Bruce Pearl-coached Auburn Tigers invade Lubbock as part of the SEC/Big 12 challenge. Auburn went 14-16 a year ago. Fresno State, which went 21-18 last season in the Mountain West is next up and the Bulldogs could present a bit of a roadblock.

The schedule then mellows a bit as the Red Raiders draw Prairie View A&M of the SWAC, South Carolina State of the MEAC, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff of the SWAC. Those three teams went a combined 33-52 last year.

The games against South Carolina State and UA-PB are part of the Continental Tires Las Vegas Classic, which will begin in earnest for Tech when they travel to Sin City to take on Loyala (Ill.) (home of Alfredrick Hughes). Depending upon how that game and the contest between Houston and Boise State shake out, Tech will conclude the tournament by facing either the U of H or BSU.

The Red Raiders will then conclude the non-conference portion of their schedule when they take on the North Texas State Mean Green. That game, which will take place on Dec. 29, will be a homecoming for NTSU head coach Tony Benford and his assistant coach Rob Evans. Benford was a stellar guard for Tech in the mid-80s and Evans was an assistant coach on those squads and many others piloted by Gerald Myers.

Tech opens Big 12 play at home against the Texas on Jan. 3. This will be the first time since 1990 that Tech and Texas have clashed in a conference opener. Tech’s first three conference games will be against the Longhorns, West Virginia and Kansas (on the road), all of whom will be among the Big 12’s heavyweights.

Assuming the young Red Raiders gel later in the season, they could have an opportunity to finish the season strong. Their last five games will be against Baylor, Oklahoma, TCU, Oklahoma State and Baylor again. Only the TCU and second Baylor games will be on the road.

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