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VIDEO: pre West Virginia press conference

The Red Raiders will face another tough opponent, and coach Beard knows it

NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at Kansas Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Using a boxing metaphor, coach Beard compared the Big 12 schedule to an 18-round fight that’s coming to game number five, and it will be another hard battle, as Texas Tech will face No. 2 West Virginia.

In his usual pregame press conference, the head coach pointed out the importance of a continuous improvement for his players, but he also asked for the support of the crowd, as he recognized how important any home field advantage is.

The players selected to speak along with their coach were guard Keenan Evans and center Norense Odiase. Keenan returned to some mistakes that cost the Red Raiders the game against Oklahoma, while Norense focused on how tough the Mountaineers are, starting from their leader Jevon Carter.