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With only about 50 days until the college basketball season official begins the Big 12 has released the Red Raiders conference schedule. Let’s take a look at it and have some initial reactions.

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Schedule

After great anticipation from all us hoops fans, the Big 12 released the conference schedule for the 2014-15 Texas Tech season. Take a gander...

Saturday, January 3 - Texas at Texas Tech (ESPNU) 1:00/3:00 p.m.

Monday, January 5 - West Virginia at Texas Tech (ESPNU) 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 10 - Texas Tech at Kansas (ESPNU) 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 14 - Texas Tech at K-State (ESPNEWS) 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 17 - TCU at Texas Tech (ESPNU or ESPNEWS) TBA

Wednesday, January 21 - Texas Tech at Oklahoma State (ESPNU) 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 24 - Iowa State at Texas Tech (ESPNU) TBA

Wednesday, January 28 - Texas Tech at Oklahoma (ESPNEWS) TBA

Saturday, January 31 - Texas Tech at West Virginia (ESPNU) 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, February 4 - K-State at Texas Tech (ESPNU) 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 7 - Texas Tech at Iowa State (ESPNU) 1:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 10 - Kansas at Texas Tech (ESPN2) TBA

Saturday, February 14 - Texas Tech at Texas (LHN) TBA

Tuesday, February 17 - Baylor at Texas Tech (ESPN2) 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 21 - Oklahoma at Texas Tech (ESPNU or ESPNEWS) TBA

Wednesday, February 25 - Texas Tech at TCU (FOX Regional) TBA

Saturday, February 28 - Oklahoma State at Texas Tech (ESPNEWS) TBA

Friday, March 6 - Texas Tech at Baylor (ESPN2) 8:00 p.m.

At a Glance

My initial reaction is that we have a fairly evenly distributed strength of conference schedule for the season. I think we can take down Texas early on in Lubbock, as our Big 12 opening game on January 3rd. The victory will set the tone for the season. The Big 12 is never easy, but to start out with a huge rivalry win could give the squad some confidence to barrel through conference play.

My favorite part of the schedule is on the back-end when we play 3 of the last 5 in Lubbock. Baylor, Oklahoma, and Oklahoma State at home; with TCU, and Baylor again on the road. Everyone knows how we can pull upsets in Lubbock. It’s magical! We beat 4 of those 5 teams in the United Supermarkets Arena last year. Actually, the last 6 games of the season this year are against teams we had victories over once (home or away) last season. Guns Up!

I’m also very relieved that we get Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse out of the way early in the season. They always seem to dismantle us and ruin our mojo. We don’t need that to happen late in the season before going into the Big 12 tournament. Let’s take our biggest ass-whipping of the year quickly on into Big 12 play.

All in all; I am happy with this schedule and feel it can be favorable to our Red Raiders if we keep up what we started last year. I see more conference wins in our future than last year with this schedule. Get ready for some Red Raiders hoops... and WRECK ‘EM TECH!

Update

As I was writing this post the complete schedule came out on the Texas Tech website. Click here for the link. I’ll have a preview story up about all the games next week. Turn down for what!?!

Here are the non-conference games…

11/03/14 – Tech vs. SE Oklahoma State 7:00 p.m. (exhibition game)

11/08/14 – Tech vs. Texas A&M-Commerce 7:00 p.m. (exhibition game)

11/14/14 – Tech vs. Loyola (Md.) 8:00 p.m.

11/18/14 – Tech at LSU 9:30 p.m.

11/22/14 – Tech vs. Missouri State 7:00 p.m.

11/25/14 – Tech vs. Northwestern State 7:00 p.m.

11/30/14 – Tech vs. Air Force 1:00 p.m.

12/03/14 – Tech vs. Auburn 8:00 p.m.

12/10/14 – Tech vs. Fresno State 8:00 p.m.

12/14/14 – Tech vs. Prairie View A&M 1:00 p.m.

12/17/14 – Tech vs. South Carolina State 7:00 p.m.

12/19/14 – Tech vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff 7:00 p.m.

12/22/14 – Tech vs. Loyola (Ill.) in Las Vegas, NV 7:00 p.m.

12/23/14 – Tech vs. Boise State/Houston in Las Vegas, NV TBA

12/29/14 – Tech vs. North Texas 7:00 p.m.