Red Raider Basketball Finalizes 2012-13 Schedule
Jordan Tolbert and the Red Raiders will host 20 home games during the 2012-13 season.
September 26, 2012
LUBBOCK, Texas — Texas Tech will host a school-record 20 home games during the 2012-13 season, announced school officials on Wednesday.
The previous record for most home games in a season is 18, which occurred three times during the 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. The Red Raiders are 148-60 (71.2 percent) since beginning play in the United Spirit Arena in 1999.
The 11-game non-conference schedule is highlighted by marquee games against Arizona, Alabama and Arizona State.
Texas Tech kicks off the 2012-13 season with an exhibition game against Texas-Permian Basin on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Red Raiders will open the season on Friday, Nov. 9 against Prairie View A&M at 8 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena. Texas Tech is 12-1 in home openers since beginning play in the United Spirit Arena. The Red Raiders are 5-0 all-time against Prairie View A&M, but have not played the Panthers since the season opener during the 2000-01 season.
Following the home opener, the Red Raiders will face Nebraska-Omaha (Nov. 14), Grambling State (Nov. 20) and Jackson State (Nov. 26). Texas Tech will be facing Nebraska-Omaha and Jackson State for the first time, while the men of the South Plains will face Grambling State for the second consecutive year.
On Saturday, Dec. 1, the Red Raiders will host the Arizona Wildcats. The meeting will mark the first time the two teams have met since 1995, when Texas Tech played Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl Classic in Tucson. The last time Arizona played in Lubbock was on Jan. 3, 1975, when the Wildcats pulled off a 62-61 overtime win over the Red Raiders. Texas Tech leads the all-time series with the former Border Conference foe, 28-21.
Texas Tech will then host Northern Kentucky (Dec. 4) and McNeese State (Dec. 16) before hosting back-to-back games against Alabama (Dec. 19) and Arizona State (Dec. 22). While this will be the first meeting with Northern Kentucky, it will mark McNeese State’s third appearance in Lubbock. It is the seventh meeting with Alabama, but the first since 1984, when the Red Raiders faced the Tide in Tokyo, Japan at the Suntory Ball Classic. Texas Tech is hosting Arizona State for the first time since 1989 and holds the series advantage over the Sun Devils, 22-19.
The Red Raiders will close out the non-conference portion of the schedule when it hosts North Carolina A&T on Dec. 28 and Florida A&M on Dec. 31. It is the first-ever meeting between Texas Tech and the two schools.
The Big 12 Conference portion of the schedule will begin on Jan. 5, when Texas Tech will leave the confines of the United Spirit Arena for the first time as they travel to Fort Worth to face new conference mate TCU. The Red Raiders lead the all-time series 72-47 with the Horned Frogs.
This is the second consecutive season the Big 12 Conference will feature an 18-game, round-robin format consisting of both home and away contests against the other nine league schools.
After renewing an old conference rivalry with the Horned Frogs, the Red Raiders host – Baylor (Jan. 8) and national finalist Kansas (Jan. 12) at United Spirit Arena. The Baylor game is the first of seven games to be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks for the Red Raiders, while the matchup with the Jayhawks is the first of nine games for the Red Raiders on the Big 12 Network.
Last season, the Red Raiders had a school-record 30 of 31 games televised and appeared on ESPN platforms 10 times and the Big 12 Network nine times. The seven league games on ESPN this season are the most in Texas Tech history.
Currently, 17 of the 18 league games, including all nine home games, are slated for broadcast on either an ESPN platform or the Big 12 Network. These games can also be seen on WatchESPN.com.
The Red Raiders close out the season with a pair of Monday road games on ESPNU at Kansas State (Feb. 25) and at Kansas (March 4), before returning to Lubbock to host Texas in the season finale on March 9.
The season will conclude at the 2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship, held at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Two first round matchups will be played on Wednesday, March 13, followed by the quarterfinals on Thursday, March 14. Semifinals are scheduled for Friday, March 15, with the championship on Saturday, March 16.
Fans can get in on all of the action at United Spirit Arena by taking advantage of a variety of season ticket packages. Season tickets are priced at $275 for the men and $175 for the women.
To purchase your season tickets for the 2012-13 men's and women's basketball seasons, please log on to www.texastech.com or contact the athletics ticket office at (806) 742-4412 or toll free at 888-GO-BIG12.