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VIDEO: pre South Carolina press conference

The Big 12 - SEC Challenge offers a great opportunity, coach Beard says

NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at Iowa State Steven Branscombe-USA TODAY Sports

After eight conference games, the Red Raiders will face a different environment this weekend, as they will travel to Columbia to face South Carolina, in one of the games composing the Big 12 - SEC challenge.

Before heading for the East, coach Beard had his usual talk with the media, in which he stated the importance of this challenge, as his team will play against a coach he respects very much, Frank Martin, and a team that in 2017 made the Final Four.

Despite the not-so-impressive record the Gamecocks have in this season, he’s conscious his players have to play their “best 40 minutes of basketball this season to have a chance in this game”. He also focused on the work made to improve his team’s offensive game.

Aldo senior guard Keenan Evans shared his thoughts, discussing the latest performance of Lubbock-native Jarrett Culver, and the way he can improve his play by being more aggressive.