The Texas Tech men’s basketball program will host nine nonconference home games, including a throwback contest against former Southwest Conference rival Rice, according to a release sent out Saturday.
The Red Raiders are scheduled to face off against the Owls on Dec. 16 in a throwback contest set be played inside Lubbock Municipal Coliseum — which served as Texas Tech’s home court from 1956-57 and 1998-99.
More information on the throwback will be announced at a later date, per the Tech release.
As far as the rest of the slate, Texas Tech will host an exhibition game Nov. 3 with free admission against Angelo State University — a former stomping ground of head coach Chris Beard. The Rams are coached by Cinco Boone, who was a longtime assistant under Beard before he opted to accept the Arkansas Little-Rock gig.
After that matchup, the Red Raiders kickoff the regular season with a game against South Alabama (Nov. 10) and Maine as part of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament. Following tournament play, Texas Tech will host Wofford (Nov. 22) and Savannah State (Nov. 25) to close out the November home schedule.
The competition ramps up as the Red Raiders host Nevada, who won 28 games, claimed a Mountain West regular season and tournament title and earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament last season. Soon after, Texas Tech takes on Kennesaw State (Dec. 13), Florida Atlantic (Dec. 19) and Abilene Christian (Dec. 22) prior to the Big 12 conference slate starting Dec. 29.
Game times and television networks for the nonconference schedule are expected to be announced at a later date.
Texas Tech also had several nonconference games announced prior, including Boston College (Nov. 18) and Northwestern or LaSalle (Nov. 19) as part of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament to be played in Uncasville, Connecticut.
As part of the Big 12/SEC Challenge, the Red Raiders are slated to travel to South Carolina on Jan. 27.