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Red Raider Ravioli: Variety is the spice of life

I really like our basketball team

NCAA Basketball: Big 12 Championship-Texas vs Texas Tech Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Il mondo è bello perché è vario.
(The world is beautiful because it’s various) - Italian saying


I do think that the basketball team is going to give many satisfactions this year. I really do.

Coach Beard has in his hands one of the best groups of players in Texas Tech’s recent history, and I can’t simply wait the Big 12 season to begin.

For a lucky case, there’s also an Italian player on the team, Davide Moretti, so my empathy with this team can only increase day by day. When I started to write for Viva the Matadors, back in June, my first article ever was about him, so he’s like my protege in this season.

The starting lineup is basically made by seniors, so there’s a lot of experience in the team, and then there’s Keenan Evans. In these first three games that opened the season, he showed why he was awarded a Preseason All-Big 12 Team Honorable Mention.

In the 2017 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off semifinal against Boston College, he dominated the game, scoring 29 points and simply being too much for an Eagles defense that wasn’t the easiest thing to face.

He may be one of the most underappreciated guards in the entire FBS system, and if he continues to play like he played until now, he can aspire to hear his name called in the next NBA draft.

But it’s not only this: other seniors are energic and physicals, and there are many freshmen who can acquire a kind of game experience that in other contexts wouldn’t be possible.

Alongside Moretti, there are two players who showed some promises early in the season, guards Zhaire Smith and Jarrett Culver, a couple of high-pace youngsters who already offered solidity and highlights.

The road is set, it’s to them (and to us, the fans, showing a lot of support) walk on it.

Buona giornata! (Have a nice day)

P.S. Did you notice I didn’t want to talk about football?