Thursday, October 21, 2010

Texas Tech Is "Looking Forward" to the Upcoming Season

Posted by CoHoops DeAnte Mitchell
The Texas Tech Red Raiders were among the disappointing teams in the Big 12 last season. The Red Raiders finished with an (4-12) Big 12 conference record, but were granted an NIT berth based on their 16-14 regular season record.

This upcoming season for Texas Tech Head Coach Pat Knight is prepping for a huge turnaround.

"I couldn't ask for a better group of kids, especially having three of my seniors, John, Mike, and D'walyn, who I really consider all-conference caliber kids," said Coach Knight.

Texas Tech returned their four top scorers Mike Singletary, John Roberson, Nick Okorie, and David Tairu from a year ago as well.

Not to mention, Texas Tech acquired Javarez Willis, Jamal Outler, and Paul Cooper.

Coach Knight is expecting a lot of good things to come out of Texas Tech this season but his biggest concern comes from the defensive side of the ball.

"We have been last in the league in defense the last two years and rebounding," said Coach Knight. "So if we defend, I think really good things can happen. If we don't, it is going to be a long year."

This year, the Red Raiders can answer with D'walyn Roberts their 6-foot-7 senior forward. According to Coach Knight, Roberts played "50 percent" for the most part of the 2010' season due to an injury. However, he was still productive enough on the floor to acquire seven points, and 6.2 rebounds per game.

This season, with Roberts healthy Texas Tech believes he can have Ekpe Udoh effect on the team. " He is a kid that, I think, from a defensive standpoint when it comes to rebounding or shot-blocking has as much effect as a kid like Udoh did last year for Baylor," said Coach Knight.

"His huge force last year really not to have him for a lot of the Big 12."

Overall, the Red Raiders Head Coach Knight couldn't stop saying good things about his 2010-11' team. He believes they have a great chance at competing at a high level in the Big 12.

"We really have everything we need right now to be successful," said Coach Knight.

The Red Raiders will open up their season with a home game against Louisiana-Monroe, November 12th at home.

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