Reading into Tech’s start reveals a team that is definitely better than its league record


The Texas Tech men’s basketball team is 0-5 in league play. That is misleading.

The Red Raiders have played only two home games and the foes were Baylor and Kansas, two of the nation’s best teams. The Red Raiders have lost three road games in the conference.

Saturday, first-year Coach Billy Gillespie and his team hosts Iowa State. TT was 6-0 in non-league play at home, so they have enjoyed success in Lubbock for Gillespie.

Coming off a dramatic last-second win over Oklahoma State should boost the Cyclones’ confidence. Iowa State had not won a league game in Hilton Coliseum at the buzzer in nearly a decade.

“We need to build off it and get a little confidence from it going into the next one (Tech),” Coach Fred Hoiberg said after the win over the Cowboys. “It’s a big game going down to Tech.”

Hoiberg noted that his team found a way to beat OSU when it wasn’t playing its best. Good teams do that he said.

“Our guys weren’t in there (the locker room) celebrating,” Hoiberg said. “They were talking about ways to get better the next couple of days.”

It’s a good guess that Gillespie will have his men stoked. Playing at home with a shot to slow the Cyclones’ momentum should fuel a strong effort from Tech. We’ll find out Saturday if ISU’s confidence can stem that challenge.

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