The 2021-22 college basketball season is just a few days away, and Texas Tech basketball is back!
This year will look fairly different though...
Chris Beard is out. Mark Adams is in. It’s time to do this. Adams has brought in a stacked roster and if the talent fits, a roster with enough talent to win a national title.
The outlook for this new squad has a lot of mixed views nationally. Some experts have Tech as high as #13 coming into this season while others have Tech unranked, including the Preseason AP Poll.
But who the hell cares about preseason rankings?
Tech has plenty of opportunities to prove itself in their non conference slate. Games against Providence, Tennessee and Gonzaga will highlight the slate, and Tech will eventually square off against Mississippi State later in the season.
So what are realistic expectations for this team?
That question will not be answered until conference play. We have no idea how this team is gonna play together, hell, we don’t even know a starting lineup yet. This team has enough talent to make a deep march run, but this team also could fizzle out. Tech is built of mostly transfers and we’ve seen in the past what happens when you get transfers that just don’t fit the system well.
This team has a ton of talent, top half of the Big 12 type talent. There are 8-9 guys on this squad that can go and get a bucket if needed. Even more guys on this squad that can lock down whoever they are guarding. It’s all about how lineups blend.
There is a lot of dark-horse breakout candidates for Tech this year, but I have one in particular. His name? Davion Warren.
Warren hasn’t been talked about even close to enough and I can’t really understand why. I said on the pod this week that Warren is the best downhill scorer since Keenan Evans and Jarrett Culver and I didn’t say that just to say it. The dude can flat out score.
Theres a reason he was one of the top 5 scorers in the nation last year. Pair his scoring with his length and elite ball skills on the defensive side of the ball and you have the potential for an ELITE Big 12 player.
Mark Adams has brought in loads of talent and he has a lot of pressure to succeed right away. I’m gonna say this, GIVE IT TIME. This team could struggle offensively early on due to all the new transfers and just needing time to play together and gel. There’s gonna be growing pains. Enjoy the ride. Mark Adams is here to prove that Tech can have a sustainable basketball program, but he's also here to prove that Lubbock is not the house that Chris Beard built.
Get ready Red Raiders, this season is sure to be an exciting one.