Tech Basketball: Big 12 announces conference slate
LUBBOCK, Texas – The Big 12 fight card has been announced.
Texas Tech, which is coming off winning a share of the Big 12 regular-season championship and advancing to the NCAA National Final, will battle in an 18-game, double round-robin conference schedule for the ninth straight season. The Red Raiders went 14-4 in Big 12 play last year to earn their first share of the regular-season title, including going 8-1 at the United Supermarkets Arena in conference play before making a run to the Final Four.
The double round-robin format will conclude on Saturday, March 7 leading into the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship to be contested March 11-14 in Kansas City's Sprint Center.
The Red Raiders will open Big 12 play at home this season against Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. on Jan. 4, 2020 and close it out against Kansas on March 7, 2020 at the USA. Tech will host four conference home games in January along with playing Kentucky in Lubbock. Along with hosting the Cowboys in the conference opener, the Red Raiders host Baylor on Tuesday, Jan. 7, Iowa State on Saturday, Jan. 18 and West Virginia on Wednesday, Jan. 29.
The first month of 2020 also includes trips to Morgantown, West Virginia on Saturday, Jan. 11 for a matchup against the Mountaineers, a contest at Kansas State on Tuesday, Jan. 14 and at TCU on Tuesday, Jan. 21 in Fort Worth.
For the second straight season, Texas Tech will begin February with a trip to play at Kansas. The game will be played on Saturday, Feb. 1 in Lawrence, Kansas followed by the Red Raiders hosting Oklahoma on Tuesday, Feb. 4. A trip to Austin to take on Texas comes on Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Frank Erwin Center before hosting TCU in an ESPN Big Monday contest on Monday, Feb. 10 at the USA. The month also includes road trips at Oklahoma State on CBS (Saturday, Feb. 15), Iowa State (Saturday, Feb. 22) and Oklahoma (Tuesday, Feb. 25). Tech hosts KSU in a rematch on Wednesday, Feb. 19 and the Longhorns on Saturday, Feb. 29.
The regular season comes to a close in March with two games, first an ESPN Big Monday game at Baylor on March 2 in Waco before the regular-season finale on Saturday, March 7 at 1 p.m. against the Jayhawks in Lubbock.
Seventeen of the Red Raiders' conference games will be broadcasted on the ESPN family of networks with a CBS game at Oklahoma State. Television schedules will be announced as the season progresses and will be found at TexasTech.com on the team's schedule page.
Texas Tech is coming off its most historic season in program history, earning 31 wins, winning a share of the Big 12 regular-season title, advancing to the NCAA tournament for the 17th time, reaching the Elite Eight for the second straight season and the Final Four for the first time. The Red Raiders earned a 61-51 win over Michigan State in the Final Four to advance to the national championship game where they fell in overtime to Virginia in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Chris Beard returns for his fourth season as the program's head coach after earning Big 12 Coach of the Year for the second straight season and being named the Associated Press National Coach of the Year. Beard has led the Red Raiders to a 76-31 record in his three seasons, including an impressive 50-5 record at home. Tech returns three players from last year's team in Davide Moretti, Kyler Edwards and Avery Benson and welcomes in 10 newcomers that included graduate transfers, Chris Clarke and TJ Holyfield.
The Red Raiders will play at charity exhibition game against UTEP on Saturday, Oct. 12 in El Paso before officially opening their season on Tuesday, Nov. 5 against Eastern Illinois at the USA. Game times for the non-conference schedule will be announced at a later date.