LUBBOCK, Texas – The Texas Tech men's basketball team wraps up its two-game Thanksgiving week homestand versus Savannah State on Saturday at the United Supermarkets Arena.
The Red Raiders (5-0) have tucked away five consecutive wins by 10-plus points to start the season. The 134-point margin of victory ranks second in program history for teams with a 5-0 start only behind the 140 points posted by the 2002-03 squad when Chris Beard was as an assistant coach under Bob Knight.
Last time out, Texas Tech claimed a 79-56 victory over Wofford. The Red Raiders took control of the game with a 23-0 spurt midway through the opening half and have won 32 straight nonconference home games going back to the 2013-14 season.
Texas Tech will take on Savannah State (2-4) for the first time on the hardwood. The Red Raiders have already defeated Maine (83-44), No. 20 Northwestern (85-49) and Wofford (79-56) in initial meetings this season.
Texas Tech has posted a 5-0 record in its previous meetings with Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference members by an average margin of 28.4 points per game. The Red Raiders last meeting with a MEAC program was a 101-39 rout of South Carolina on Dec. 17. 2014 with the 62-point margin standing as the fourth-largest in program history.
"Savannah State is going to try to force the tempo," Beard said. "They want us to turn the ball over and want us to take quick shots. Defense starts with our offense. We have to play intelligent, and we have to play veteran March-type basketball on offense. We need to take good shots, move the ball and don't bail out with quick shots. We have to build a defense once we get back that will guard the three-point line. We need a defense that is going to help each other, and a defense that will get a rebound."