2008–09 Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball team

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2008–09 Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball
Texas Tech Red Raiders Logo.svg
Conference Big 12 Conference
Division South
2008–09 record 14–19 (3–13 Big 12)
Head coach Pat Knight
Assistant coach Chris Beard
Assistant coach Stew Robinson
Assistant coach Bubba Jennings
Home arena United Spirit Arena
Seasons
2008–09 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#14 Kansas 14 2   .875     27 8   .771
#7 Oklahoma 13 3   .813     30 6   .833
#9 Missouri 12 4   .750     31 7   .816
Kansas State 9 7   .563     22 12   .647
Texas 9 7   .563     23 12   .657
Texas A&M 9 7   .563     24 10   .706
Oklahoma State 9 7   .563     23 12   .657
Nebraska 8 8   .500     18 13   .581
Baylor 5 11   .313     24 15   .615
Iowa State 4 12   .250     15 17   .469
Texas Tech 3 13   .188     14 19   .424
Colorado 1 15   .063     9 22   .290
2009 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 Texas Tech Red Raiders men's basketball team represented Texas Tech University during the 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team plays in the Big 12 Conference at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas. The season marked Pat Knight's first full season as head coach.

Preseason[edit]

Personnel changes[edit]

Pat Knight took over the head coaching duties late in the 2007–08 season after Bob Knight resigned on February 4, 2008.[1] This was Pat's first full season as head coach of the Red Raiders.[2] Pat hired Bubba Jennings as an assistant coach in addition to Chris Beard and Stew Robinson.[3]

Recruiting[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Darko Cohadarevic
PF
Liberal, KS Seward County JC 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Mar 24, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Nick Okorie
PG
Levelland, TX South Plains JC 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Feb 6, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: N/A
Tyree Graham[A]
SG
Durham, NC Village Christian Academy 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Oct 26, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 78
Robert Lewandowski
PF
Overland Park, KS Blue Valley Northwest HS 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (110 kg) Sep 13, 2007 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 40
Corbin Ray
SF
Katy, TX Taylor HS 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Apr 25, 2007 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 89
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: NR   Rivals: NR  ESPN: NR
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

A In January 2009, Tyree Graham announced he would be leaving the team, citing family reasons.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
City, State
November 14, 2008*
8:00 PM
Saint Francis W 81–47  1–0
United Spirit Arena 
Lubbock, TX
November 17, 2008*
7:00 PM
Sam Houston State W 87–76  2–0
United Spirit Arena 
Lubbock, TX
November 20, 2008*
7:00 PM
East Central W 167–115  3–0
United Spirit Arena 
Lubbock, TX
November 22, 2008*
1:00 PM
Eastern Kentucky W 98–84  4–0
United Spirit Arena 
Lubbock, TX
November 25, 2008*
7:00 PM
Southeastern Louisiana W 74–63  5–0
United Spirit Arena 
Lubbock, TX
November 28, 2008*
7:50 PM
vs. No. 4 Pittsburgh
Legends Classic semifinal
L 67–80  5–1
Prudential Center 
Newark, NJ
November 29, 2008*
5:30 PM
vs. Mississippi State
Legends Classic third-place game
W 77–73  6–1
Prudential Center 
Newark, NJ
December 3, 2008*
7:00 PM
Wichita State W 72–69  7–1
United Spirit Arena 
Lubbock, TX
December 13, 2008*
7:05 PM
at Lamar L 79–85  7–2
Montagne Center 
Beaumont, TX
December 17, 2008*
7:07 PM
at UTEP L 78–96  7–3
Don Haskins Center 
El Paso, TX
December 20, 2008*
12:00 PM
New Mexico W 86–78  8–3
United Spirit Arena 
Lubbock, TX
December 23, 2008*
7:00 PM
Centenary W 67–53  9–3
United Spirit Arena 
Lubbock, TX
December 28, 2008*
7:00 PM, FSN
at Stanford L 66–111  9–4
Maples Pavilion 
Stanford, CA
January 1, 2009*
3:00 PM
Stephen F. Austin W 69–55  10–4
United Spirit Arena 
Lubbock, TX
January 6, 2009*
7:00 PM
TCU L 80–85  10–5
United Spirit Arena 
Lubbock, TX
January 10, 2009
12:45 PM, Big 12 Network
at No. 23 Baylor L 61–73  10–6
Ferrell Center 
Waco, TX
January 17, 2009
3:00 PM, Big 12 Network
No. 11 Texas L 49–71  10–7
United Spirit Arena 
Lubbock, TX
January 20, 2009
7:00 PM
Colorado W 63–55  11–7
United Spirit Arena 
Lubbock, TX
January 24, 2009
12:47 PM, Big 12 Network
at Missouri L 86–97  11–8
Mizzou Arena 
Columbia, MO
January 28, 2009
8:05 PM, ESPNU
at Texas A&M L 70–79  11–9
Reed Arena 
College Station, TX
January 31, 2009
7:00 PM, Big 12 Network
Nebraska L 69–82  11–10
United Spirit Arena 
Lubbock, TX
February 4, 2009
8:05 PM, ESPNU
at Oklahoma State L 80–81  11–11
Gallagher-Iba Arena 
Stillwater, OK
February 7, 2009
7:00 PM, ESPNU
Baylor W 83–76  12–11
United Spirit Arena 
Lubbock, TX
February 11, 2009
8:00 PM, ESPNU
at Kansas State L 73–85  12–12
Bramlage Coliseum 
Manhattan, KS
February 14, 2009
12:45 PM, Big 12 Network
at No. 2 Oklahoma L 74–95  12–13
Lloyd Noble Center 
Norman, OK
February 18, 2009
8:30 PM, ESPN2
Oklahoma State L 82–92  12–14
United Spirit Arena 
Lubbock, TX
February 21, 2009
5:00 PM
Texas A&M L 73–79  12–15
United Spirit Arena 
Lubbock, TX
February 25, 2009
8:40 PM, ESPN2
at No. 25 Texas L 81–87  12–16
Frank Erwin Center 
Austin, TX
February 28, 2009
2:30 PM, ABC
No. 3 Oklahoma L 63–78  12–17
United Spirit Arena 
Lubbock, TX
March 4, 2009
8:30 PM, ESPN2
No. 9 Kansas W 84–65  13–17
United Spirit Arena 
Lubbock, TX
March 7, 2009
12:45 PM, Big 12 Network
at Iowa State L 76–78  13–18
Hilton Coliseum 
Ames, IA
Big 12 Tournament
March 11, 2009
8:30 PM, Big 12 Network
vs. Texas A&M W 88–83  14–18
Ford Center 
Oklahoma City, OK
March 12, 2009
8:30 PM, ESPN2
vs. No. 14 Missouri L 60–81  14–19
Ford Center 
Oklahoma City, OK
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Source for regular season
Source for Big 12 Tournament

Notable games and events[edit]

East Central[edit]

In the third game of the season, Texas Tech defeated Division II opponent East Central 167–115, setting a new school record for most points scored in a game. The previous record of 128 was set in the double overtime victory over Texas on February 20, 1994. The combined total of 282 points also became a new record.[5][6]

Wichita State[edit]

Texas Tech led the Wichita State Shockers 43–26 going into halftime. The lead quickly deteriorated as Wichita State went on a 12–3 run to open the second half.[7] The Shockers eventually tied the game with about 41 seconds remaining.[8] Mike Singletary then hit a 3-pointer with 4.1 seconds left to give the Red Raiders the win, 72–69.[9]

Nebraska[edit]

In a 69–82 loss to Nebraska, Knight ran onto the court to argue with officials after Texas Tech player Alan Voskuil was called for a foul. After receiving two technical fouls, Knight was ejected from the game. Once in the tunnel, Knight ran back onto the court to continue arguing.[10] Knight was not suspended, rather receiving a public reprimand from the Big 12 Conference.[11]

Texas[edit]

The Red Raiders were without head coach Pat Knight against Texas after he was suspended for criticizing the officials in a game four days earlier against Texas A&M.[12][13]

Kansas[edit]

Texas Tech upset #9 Kansas 84–65 at home on senior night. Senior Alan Voskuil had a career high 35 points, going 9–14 from 3-point range and 10–17 overall.[14] It was Kansas' worst defeat of the season and marked their third straight loss at the United Spirit Arena.[15]

Big 12 Tournament[edit]

The only chance the Red Raiders had at making the postseason was to win the Big 12 Tournament where the winner receives an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament.[16] Texas Tech went into the tournament as the #11 seed after losing to Iowa State 76–78 in the last game of the regular season, thus giving Iowa State the #10 seed.[17]

Texas A&M[edit]

Texas A&M took a 29–48 lead into halftime and built it up to 21 early in the second half.[18] In the second half, sophomore Mike Singletary scored 29 points in a row to help Texas Tech take a 79–78 lead with 39.4 seconds left in the game and eventually win 88–83.[19] Singletary finished the game with 43 points, a career high and Big 12 Tournament record for most points in a single game.[20] Mike Singletary's 29 consecutive points is the second longest streak in NCAA history and Texas Tech's comeback from 21 points down is a Big 12 Tournament record.[19][21]

Missouri[edit]

Texas Tech was able to manage a 31–31 halftime tie against #3 seed Missouri.[22] In the second half, however, Missouri's full-court press defense allowed the Tigers to go on a 13 point run early in the second half.[23][24] Mike Singletary led Texas Tech with 17 points and Missouri's DeMarre Carroll had 19 to help Missouri win 81–60.[25]

Awards and honors[edit]

Esmir Rizvic
  • Academic All-Big 12 First Team[26]
John Roberson
Mike Singletary
  • Academic All-Big 12 Second Team[26]
  • Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team[28]
Alan Voskuil
  • All-Big 12 Honorable Mention[27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bob Knight resigns". The Daily Toreador. 2008-02-04. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  2. ^ "Pat Knight Profile". Texas Tech Official Athletic Site. Archived from the original on 8 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  3. ^ ""Bubba" Jennings Named Asst. Basketball Coach". RaiderPower.com. 2008-07-08. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  4. ^ George, Brandon (2009-01-12). "Freshman Tyree Graham leaving Texas Tech basketball program". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  5. ^ "Texas Tech men's basketball wins in school-record rout, 167–115". Associated Press. The Dallas Morning News. 2009-11-21. Archived from the original on 2009-06-07. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  6. ^ Ybarra, Alex (2008-11-01). "Red Raider men's basketball knocks out East Central in record-setting victory". The Daily Toreador. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  7. ^ "Wichita State Shockers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders Recap". Associated Press. ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  8. ^ Walker, Jeff (2008-12-04). "Close One: Red Raiders win on last-second three". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  9. ^ "Shocks Fall in Thriller at TTU, 72–69". Official Athletics Site of Wichita State. 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  10. ^ Walker, Jeff (2009-02-02). "Big 12 reprimands Knight". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Archived from the original on 2009-06-07. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  11. ^ "Big 12 Conference Reprimands Texas Tech Men's Basketball Coach Pat Knight". Big12Sports.com. 2009-02-02. Retrieved 2009-03-18. 
  12. ^ Barfknecht, Lee (2009-02-23). "Texas Tech coach suspended after ripping refs". Omaha World-Herald. Archived from the original on 2009-06-07. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  13. ^ "Tech's Knight suspended 1 game". Associated Press. ESPN.com. 2009-02-23. Archived from the original on 10 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  14. ^ "Voskuil scores 35 to lead Texas Tech past Kansas". Associated Press. ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 12 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  15. ^ Keefer, Case (2009-03-05). "Kansas stunned by Texas Tech". University Daily Kansan. Archived from the original on 2009-06-07. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  16. ^ Walker, Jeff (2009-02-21). "Tech needs strong run before Big 12 tourney". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Archived from the original on 2009-06-07. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  17. ^ "Cyclones claim 10th seed over Red Raiders". Associated Press. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. 2009-03-09. Archived from the original on 2009-06-07. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  18. ^ Carlton, Chuck (2009-03-12). "Texas Tech rallies from 21 down, shocks Texas A&M, 88–83". The Dallas Morning News. Archived from the original on 2009-06-07. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  19. ^ a b "Texas Tech rallies to victory over Texas A&M as Singletary sets scoring record". Associated Press. ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 15 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  20. ^ "NCAA Game Summary – Texas Tech Vs. Texas A&M". The Sports Network. KSAT-TV. 2009-03-11. Retrieved 2009-03-27. 
  21. ^ Walker, Jeff (2009-03-12). "Singletary's performance measures up". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  22. ^ Barnhouse, Wendell (2009-03-12). "Missouri Takes Down Red Raiders To Advance". Associated Press. Big 12 Conference. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  23. ^ "Recap: Missouri vs. Texas Tech". The Sports Network. The News & Observer. 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2009-03-28. [dead link]
  24. ^ "Texas Tech Falls to No. 14 Missouri in Big 12 Tournament". Associated Press. Texas Tech Official Athletic Site. 2009-03-12. Archived from the original on 16 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  25. ^ Latzke, Jeff (2009-03-13). "Missouri avoids Big 12 upset, downs Texas Tech". Associated Press. The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-03-28. [dead link]
  26. ^ a b c "2008–09 Big 12 Men's Basketball" (PDF). Big 12 Conference. p. 8. Retrieved 2009-03-28. 
  27. ^ a b "Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards Announced". Big 12 Conference. 2009-03-08. Retrieved 2009-03-30. 
  28. ^ "2008–09 Big 12 Men's Basketball" (PDF). Big 12 Conference. p. 5. Retrieved 2009-03-28.