Texas Tech Preview Capsule
By The Associated Press=
Last season: 19-13, lost in first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Nickname: Red Raiders.
Coach: Chris Beard.
Conference: Big 12.
Who's gone: G Toddrick Gotcher, G Devaugntah Williams.
Who's back: F Zach Smith. Junior forward led the Red Raiders in rebounds (7.3 per game) and averaged 10 points. F Aaron Ross. The redshirt senior came off the bench all last season and averaged 10.3 points. C Norense Odiase. The junior averaged 8.5 points and 4.2 rebounds despite missing 12 conference games due to a foot injury.
Who's new: F Anthony Livingston. A graduate transfer who was an All-Sun Belt performer at Arkansas State, the 6-9 senior averaged 15.7 points per game and 9.7 rebounds over two seasons. G Giovanni McLean. Also a graduate transfer, led Quinnipiac in scoring last season (12.9 ppg) and in free throw percentage (77.8 percent). G Shadell Millinghaus. Averaged 16. 9 points and 5.2 rebounds as a sophomore at Northwest Florida State College. G Niem Stevenson. Named NJCAA first team All-American last year at Seward County Community College (24.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg)
The Skinny: The Red Raiders haven't had a winning Big 12 record since 2006-07, when Beard was an assistant under Bob Knight and the last year prior to last season that they went to the NCAA Tournament. Texas Tech finished 9-9 in league play last season.