2017–18 Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball team

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2017–18 Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball
Texas Tech Athletics logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
Conference Big 12 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 6
AP No. 14
2017–18 record 27–10 (11–7 Big 12)
Head coach Chris Beard (2nd season)
Assistant coach Chris Ogden
Assistant coach Al Pinkens
Assistant coach Mark Adams
Home arena United Supermarkets Arena
Seasons
2017–18 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 4 Kansas 13 5   .722     31 8   .795
No. 14 Texas Tech 11 7   .611     27 10   .730
No. 15 West Virginia 11 7   .611     26 11   .703
Kansas State 10 8   .556     25 12   .676
TCU 9 9   .500     21 12   .636
Oklahoma State 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Texas 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
Oklahoma 8 10   .444     18 14   .563
Baylor 8 10   .444     19 15   .559
Iowa State 4 14   .222     13 18   .419
2018 Big 12 Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017–18 Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball team represented Texas Tech University in the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season as a member of the Big 12 Conference. The Red Raiders were led by second-year coach Chris Beard, they played their home games at the United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas. They finished the season 27–10, 11–7 in Big 12 play to finish in a tie for second place, they defeated Baylor in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament before losing in the semifinals to West Virginia. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Stephen F. Austin, Florida, and Purdue to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time in school history. In the Elite Eight, they were eliminated by Villanova.

Previous season[edit]

The Red Raiders finished the 2016–17 season 18–14, 6–12 in Big 12 play to finish in a tie for seventh place. They lost in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament to Texas.

Offseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
Devon Thomas 2 G 6'0" 175 Senior Silver Spring, MD Graduated
Shandell Millighaus 4 G 6'2" 195 Junior Brooklyn, NY Graduate transferred to Georgetown (KY)
Aaron Ross 15 F 6'8" 215 RS Senior North Little Rock, AR Graduated
Anthony Livingston 21 F 6'8" 220 Senior Washington, DC Graduated
Thomas Brandsma 22 F 6'5" 220 Senior Colleyville, TX Graduated
Giovanni McLean 23 G 6'0" 190 Senior Bronx, NY Graduated
Matthew Temple 34 F 6'10" 240 Senior Wichita Falls, TX Graduated
John Brown 44 F 6'10" 240 Freshman Magnolia, TX Walk-on; didn't return

Incoming transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous college
Josh Webster 3 G 6'4" Junior St. Louis, MO Junior college transferred from South Plains College
Hyron Edwards 4 G 6'1" 165 Junior East Chicago, IN Junior college transferred from Trinity Valley Community College

Recruits[edit]

Recruiting Class of 2017[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jarrett Culver
#43 SG
Lubbock, TX Coronado High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sep 22, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Daniel Mading
#48 PF
Perth, Australia St. Anthony High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Feb 14, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars
Davide Moretti
PG
Bologna, Italy Universo Treviso Basket 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A
Zhaire Smith
SG
Garland, TX Lakeview Centennial High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Apr 13, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A
Malik Ondigo
PF
El Mirage, AZ Putnam Science Academy 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Apr 24, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPNN/A
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • 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:

Recruiting class of 2018[edit]

Roster[edit]

2017–18 Texas Tech Red Raiders men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
C 0 Hamilton IV, TommyTommy Hamilton IV 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 250 lb (113 kg) RS Sr IMG Academy
DePaul
Chicago, IL
G 1 Francis, BrandoneBrandone Francis 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Jr Arlington Country Day
Florida
La Romana, DR
G 2 Smith, ZhaireZhaire Smith 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Lakeview Centennial Garland, TX
G 3 Webster, JoshJosh Webster 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jr Christian Brothers College
South Plains College
St. Louis, MO
G 4 Edwards, HyronHyron Edwards 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr East Chicago Central
Trinity Valley CC
East Chicago, IN
F 5 Gray, JustinJustin Gray 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Berkeley Prep Tampa, FL
G 10 Stevenson, NiemNiem Stevenson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Ranchview Irving, TX
F 11 Smith, ZachZach Smith 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Plano East Plano, TX
G 12 Evans, KeenanKeenan Evans 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Berkner Richardson, TX
G 13 Vilarino, AlexAlex Vilarino (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr McKinney McKinney, TX
F 21 Ondigo, MalikMalik Ondigo 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Dysart/Putnam Science Academy El Mirage, AZ
G 23 Culver, JarrettJarrett Culver 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Coronado Lubbock, TX
G 24 Benson, AveryAvery Benson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Southwest Christian Academy Springdale, AR
G 25 Moretti, DavideDavide Moretti 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Fr Treviso Basket Bologna, Italy
G 30 Sorrells, AndrewAndrew Sorrells (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 170 lb (77 kg) RS So Birdville North Richland Hills, TX
C 32 Odiase, NorenseNorense Odiase 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 245 lb (111 kg) RS Jr North Crowley Crowley, TX
G 35 Hicks, ParkerParker Hicks (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Decatur Decatur, TX
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 1, 2017*
7:00 pm
Angelo State W 88–69 
 21  Evans   8  Zach Smith   6  Zach Smith  United Supermarkets Arena 
Lubbock, TX
Nov 5, 2017*
1:00 pm
vs. New Mexico State
Hurricane Relief exhibition game
W 84–54 
 13  Zhaire Smith          4  Stevenson  Chaparral Center 
Midland, TX
Regular season
Nov 10, 2017*
8:00 pm, FCS
South Alabama
Hall of Fame Tip Off campus-site game
W 75–50  1–0
 14  Zhaire Smith   6  Francis   3  Tied  United Supermarkets Arena (8,865)
Lubbock, TX
Nov 14, 2017*
7:00 pm, FCS
Maine
Hall of Fame Tip Off campus-site game
W 83–44  2–0
 12  Evans   8  Stevenson   4  Tied  United Supermarkets Arena (6,317)
Lubbock, TX
Nov 18, 2017*
11:00 am, ESPN3
vs. Boston College
Hall of Fame Tip Off semifinals
W 75–64  3–0
 29  Evans   9  Zach Smith   3  Zach Smith  Mohegan Sun Arena 
Uncasville, CT
Nov 19, 2017*
4:30 pm, ESPN2
vs. No. 20 Northwestern
Hall of Fame Tip Off championship
W 85–49  4–0
 25  Evans   5  Tied   3  Tied  Mohegan Sun Arena 
Uncasville, CT
Nov 22, 2017*
5:30 pm, FSSW+
Wofford W 79–56  5–0
 21  Culver   7  Odiase   6  Moretti  United Supermarkets Arena (7,526)
Lubbock, TX
Nov 25, 2017*
2:00 pm, FSSW+
Savannah State W 103–69  6–0
 18  Tied   7  Odiase   7  Tied  United Supermarkets Arena (6,614)
Lubbock, TX
Nov 30, 2017*
5:30 pm, FS1
No. 22 vs. Seton Hall
Under Armour Reunion
L 79–89  6–1
 21  Evans   12  Odiase   6  Evans  Madison Square Garden (6,081)
New York, NY
Dec 5, 2017*
7:00 pm, FCS
No. 22 Nevada W 82–76 OT 7–1
 32  Evans   8  Evans   3  Tied  United Supermarkets Arena (9,872)
Lubbock, TX
Dec 13, 2017*
8:00 pm, FSSW+
No. 24 Kennesaw State W 82–53  8–1
 16  Evans   8  Odiase   4  Stevenson  United Supermarkets Arena (7,026)
Lubbock, TX
Dec 16, 2017*
7:00 pm
No. 24 Rice
Throwback Game
W 73–53  9–1
 13  Evans   5  Tied   5  Evans  Lubbock Municipal Coliseum (7,034)
Lubbock, TX
Dec 19, 2017*
7:00 pm, FSSW+
No. 21 Florida Atlantic W 90–54  10–1
 15  Evans   7  Hamilton   6  Evans  United Supermarkets Arena (7,731)
Lubbock, TX
Dec 22, 2017*
2:00 pm, FSSW+
No. 21 Abilene Christian W 74–47  11–1
 16  Zach Smith   8  Hamilton   3  Tied  United Supermarkets Arena (7,907)
Lubbock, TX
Dec 29, 2017
7:00 pm, FCS
No. 22 No. 18 Baylor W 77–53  12–1
(1–0)
 18  Evans   7  Hamilton   5  Stevenson  United Supermarkets Arena (12,827)
Lubbock, TX
Jan 2, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN
No. 18 at No. 10 Kansas W 85–73  13–1
(2–0)
 15  Evans   8  Odiase   4  Stevenson  Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
Lawrence, KS
Jan 6, 2018
3:00 pm, FSSW+
No. 18 Kansas State W 74–58  14–1
(3–0)
 27  Evans   6  Zhaire Smith   4  Evans  United Supermarkets Arena (12,531)
Lubbock, TX
Jan 9, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 8 at No. 9 Oklahoma L 65–75  14–2
(3–1)
 19  Evans   9  Tied   2  Tied  Lloyd Noble Center (10,043)
Norman, OK
Jan 13, 2018
1:00 pm, ESPN
No. 8 No. 2 West Virginia W 72–71  15–2
(4–1)
 20  Evans   8  Zhaire Smith   2  Tied  United Supermarkets Arena (15,098)
Lubbock, TX
Jan 17, 2018
7:00 pm, LHN
No. 8 at Texas L 58–67  15–3
(4–2)
 16  Culver   9  Culver   2  Tied  Frank Erwin Center (12,396)
Austin, TX
Jan 20, 2018
1:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 8 at Iowa State L 52–70  15–4
(4–3)
 10  Zhaire Smith   6  Culver   4  Evans  Hilton Coliseum (14,384)
Ames, IA
Jan 23, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPNews
No. 14 Oklahoma State W 75–70  16–4
(5–3)
 26  Evans   8  Culver   5  Evans  United Supermarkets Arena (12,585)
Lubbock, TX
Jan 27, 2018*
11:00 am, ESPN2
No. 14 at South Carolina
Big 12/SEC Challenge
W 70–63  17–4
 31  Evans   7  Zhaire Smith   3  Tied  Colonial Life Arena (14,142)
Columbia, SC
Jan 31, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 10 Texas W 73–71 OT 18–4
(6–3)
 38  Evans   11  Odiase   3  Evans  United Supermarkets Arena (15,098)
Lubbock, TX
Feb 3, 2018
1:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 10 at TCU W 83–71  19–4
(7–3)
 20  Culver   5  Odiase   6  Evans  Schollmaier Arena (7,178)
Fort Worth, TX
Feb 7, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 7 Iowa State W 76–58  20–4
(8–3)
 21  Zhaire Smith   8  Zhaire Smith   4  Evans  United Supermarkets Arena (13,221)
Lubbock, TX
Feb 10, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 7 at Kansas State W 66–47  21–4
(9–3)
 19  Evans   8  Culver   4  Zhaire Smith  Bramlage Coliseum (9,365)
Manhattan, KS
Feb 13, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPN
No. 7 No. 23 Oklahoma W 88–78  22–4
(10–3)
 26  Evans   7  Stevenson   3  Tied  United Supermarkets Arena (15,098)
Lubbock, TX
Feb 17, 2018
6:30 pm, ESPNU
No. 7 at Baylor L 57–59  22–5
(10–4)
 15  Zhaire Smith   8  Tied   3  Tied  Ferrell Center (10,627)
Waco, TX
Feb 21, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 6-T at Oklahoma State L 71–79  22–6
(10–5)
 18  Zhaire Smith   6  Culver   4  Stevenson  Gallagher-Iba Arena (7,092)
Stillwater, OK
Feb 24, 2018
3:00 pm, ESPN
No. 6-T No. 8 Kansas
College GameDay
L 72–74  22–7
(10–6)
 20  Zhaire Smith   6  Evans   3  Evans  United Supermarkets Arena (15,098)
Lubbock, TX
Feb 26, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 12 at No. 20 West Virginia L 74–84  22–8
(10–7)
 26  Culver   12  Culver   3  Webster  WVU Coliseum (14,542)
Morgantown, WV
Mar 3, 2018
3:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 12 TCU W 79–75  23–8
(11–7)
 23  Evans   7  Culver   3  Gray  United Supermarkets Arena (15,098)
Lubbock, TX
Big 12 Tournament
Mar 8, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPNU
(2) No. 14 vs. (7) Texas
Quarterfinals
W 73–69  24–8
 25  Evans   11  Culver   3  Evans  Sprint Center (17,653)
Kansas City, MO
Mar 9, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN2
(2) No. 14 vs. (3) No. 18 West Virginia
Semifinals
L 63–66  24–9
 16  Culver   7  Gray   7  Hamilton  Sprint Center (18,223)
Kansas City, MO
NCAA Tournament
Mar 15, 2018*
6:27 pm, truTV
(3 E) No. 14 vs. (14 E) Stephen F. Austin
First Round
W 70–60  25–9
 23  Evans   8  Smith   5  Evans  American Airlines Center (18,703)
Dallas, TX
Mar 17, 2018*
8:40 pm, TNT
(3 E) No. 14 vs. (6 E) No. 23 Florida
Second Round
W 69–66  26–9
 22  Evans   9  Tied   7  Smith  American Airlines Center (18,642)
Dallas, TX
Mar 23, 2018*
9:07 pm, TBS
(3 E) No. 14 vs. (2 E) No. 11 Purdue
Sweet Sixteen
W 78–65  27–9
 16  Evans   7  Gray   4  Tied  TD Garden (19,059)
Boston, MA
Mar 25, 2018*
1:20 pm, CBS
(3 E) No. 14 vs. (1 E) No. 2 Villanova
Elite Eight
L 59–71  27–10
 12  Evans   9  Gray   4  Evans  TD Garden (19,169)
Boston, MA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses. E=East.
All times are in Central Time.

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP NR NR RV 22 RV 24 21 22 18 8 8 14 10 7 7 6–T 12 14 14 Not released 
Coaches NR NR NR 22 RV RV 21 21 18 8 8 14 10 7 6 7 12 13 13 6

*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings.

References[edit]