2009-2010 Texas Tech Red Raiders Basketball Preview
The Texas Tech Red Raiders (14- 19 overall, 3- 13 Big 12) had their
worst season in years, winning merely three conference games. Finishing
11th in the Big 12, the Raiders missed the NCAA Tournament for the
third year running. It's hard to believe that this is the same program
that in 2005 went 10- 6 in conference play and made it to the Sweet
The Red Raiders put the worst defense in the league on the court last season, allowing a hefty 79.0 PPG. Still, they were able to score points, averaging 77.7 PPG, which placed them fourth in that category. There was more good news when it came to shooting as the club ended the season second in threes (38%) and in frees (73%). Overall, they were seventh from the floor, hitting 45% of their chances. On the rebounding front, the Red Raiders were 10th, sporting a minus-2.2 rebound margin.
Junior college small forward Brad Reese should be an immediate scoring threat. LSU, Oklahoma State and Alabama all wanted him, but he opted for Texas Tech. Another junior college transfer, Theron Jenkins, is able to defend multiple positions. Forward Mike Singletary (12.2 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 1.8 APG) can score in batches and senior Trevor Cook (7.6 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 0.4 APG), a six-foot-nine forward, looks to be a consistent contributor. Senior forward Darko Cohadarevic (3.7 PPG, 2.2 RPG, 0.5 APG) will be used upfront.
With the departure of guard Adam Voskuil (14.1 PPG, 4.1 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.2 SPG), the Raiders lost a quality two-way player. Look for John Roberson (13.9 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 6.4 APG), a junior who is back as the team’s leading scorer, to run the point spot. Junior college transfer David Tairu will be asked to establish a defensive presence. Frosh guard Mike Davis looks to be utilized to exploit three pointers. Better ball handling and defensive chops are essential to the success of this team.
Coach Pat Knight, who is Hall of Fame coach Bobby Knight’s protégée and son, struggled last season to deal with his dad’s expectations rather than simply coaching. This season, the two Knights have found a happy medium in terms of father-son coaching space, which should allow Pat to be himself. The younger Knight has a decent group of new recruits and transfers on hand. Also, he’s retained just about every player from last season, which translate into some solid experience. With a greater emphasis on working the boards and defense, the Raiders should be more competitive. The team will finish last or near last and miss out on the post season. Next year could be different.