Before the start of this college basketball season, nobody expected the Texas Tech Red Raiders to be where they are.
At No. 7 in the AP Poll and atop the Big 12 standings, Texas Tech’s season is already an unqualified success. But the Red Raiders are eyeing a top seed in the NCAA Tournament and a run at a national title. Head coach Chris Beard has his team humming, and he explained to CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander exactly what makes the Red Raiders tick.
Beard stressed the importance of having an experienced roster. “We knew we were going be an experienced team coming back,” he said. “I’ve always been a big believer in trying to keep your roster old.” He also credited his assistant coaches for the work they’ve done this season.
But most of all, Beard said his team shouldn’t have been overlooked in the first place. His players aren’t nobodies — they’re former solid prospects that have come together in Lubbock.
“I think ‘unheralded’ is disrespectful to our players,” Beard said. “I don’t think our players get respect for how good they are. Tommy Hamilton was a Top-100 player. Brandone Francis was a Top-100 player who went to Florida to play for Billy Donovan.”
They’ve gone from Top-100 recruits to a Top-10 team. And they’re on pace to achieve heights that Texas Tech basketball has never known.
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