COURT STORMING IN LUBBOCK!

Texas Tech confirm his upgrade on the ranking, to claim a 72-71 victory versus No. 2 West Virginia in-front of sold out crowd of 15,098 at the United Supermarkets Arena.

The Red Raiders (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) snapped the nation’s longest winning streak at 15 games by the Mountaineers (15-2, 4-1 Big 12). The victory also enabled Texas Tech to move into a four-way tie for first place with Kansas, Oklahoma and West Virginia.

Keenan Evans (20 points)and Brandone Francis (career-high 17 points), leads a really great team performance, especially during the second half.

Trailing 47-36 at the 12:58 mark of the second half, the Red Raiders made their move with a 12-2 run over the next 2:55 off the clock.

The freshmen trio of Culver, Smith and Moretti sparked the flurry. Culver found a cutting Smith for a two-handed slam. Then, Culver went to the basket and hit a layup. Moretti fire a three from the right wing late shot clock to bring the tally to 47-43 and connected with Francis for a three-ball on the right baseline to make it 49-48 at 9 minutes to e end.

At 68-66, Evans used an Odiase screen and leaned in for a midrange jumper through contact on the right elbow to extend it to a two-possession game with 38.7 seconds left.

Red Raiders fans storm the court after win, over No.2 nation Ranking, West Virginia!

Texas Tech begins a stretch of three of its next four games on the road, on Wednesday, against Texas Longhorn to Austin. Tip time is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.

THE SOONERS WIN THE BATTLE!

In the battle between No.8 and No.9 of National Ranking, the Oklahoma Sooners win against Texas Tech.

The two teams would back-and-forth before heading to the locker room. The Red Raiders was up 31-26 inside the final minute, however, the Sooners answered with a three-ball of their own to draw back to 31-29 at the break.

When the teams come out of the locker room, the crucial moment: Young either scored or assisted on four of the six baskets. His three-pointer at the 14:31 mark brought the tally to 43-33.

Trae Young pumped in a game-leading 27 points, nine assists and four steals. 1-for-12 from the field in the first half. 22 points in the second!

Too many tournovers for the Red Raiders, too many people cold from the perimeter, too strong tonight the sooners for the Coach Beard boys!

Texas Tech welcomes No. 2 West Virginia to the United Supermarkets Arena to cap a stretch of four Top 25 opponents in its first five Big 12 contests. Tipoff is on-tap for 1 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised by ESPN along with the ESPN app.

AFTER KANSAS, KANSAS STATE!

After Kansas, the Red Raiders improve to 3/0 the record in BIG XII whit 74 – 58 victory over Kansas State, Saturday at the United Supermarkets Arena.

The No. 18 Texas Tech men’s basketball team have won their first three Big 12 games for the second time in program history and remain in a first place tie with West Virginia in the Big 12 standings. This year’s team joined the 2003-04 squad under Bob Knight when Chris Beard served as an assistant coach.

Same trademark, same keys: defence, control of rebounds, points from the bench and corralled attack, Evans a part (27points).

Davide Moretti score 6 points in 15 minutes (2/3 3 pointer).

Texas Tech is scheduled to face a pair of Top 10 opponents next week starting Tuesday with No. 7 Oklahoma on the road, and after No. 6 West Virginia at home.

Tipoff is slated for 6 p.m. CT from the Lloyd Noble Center, and the game will be televised by ESPNU.

VIDEO

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY–KANSAS STATE 74-58
Highlights.
http://www.texastech.com/watch/?Archive=14316&type=Live
Game.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mv3-HR1oMfE

FIRST TIME EVER!

For the first time (18 tries) Texas Tech program win at Allen Fieldhouse, Kansas Jayhawks home.

Big game, big night!

The Red Raiders start with a great impact the match, used defence strong, powerful on the board (44-29 rebounds score/ 18-8 off.) and balanced scoring attack.

16,300 attendance sold out, great show on the court for the players skills and athleticism, for the seventh streak win in a 13/1 season record!

Davide run 12 minutes the floor : 5 points – 1/2 by 3 – 1/1 by 2 – 2 Reb – 2 Ass – 1 steal.

Texas Tech continues its stretch of three straight weekend home games to start Big 12 action when Kansas State visits the United Supermarkets Arena on Saturday, 3pm.

VIDEO

KANSAS UNIVERSITY-TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY 73-85
Highlights.
https://www.facebook.com/TexasTechMBB/videos/732828053574480/
Game.
https://youtu.be/YcGnIaYb5m8

GREAT START ON THE OPENING BIG 12 GAME

Texas Tech men’s basketball team win 77-53 in a dominating opening Big 12 game against No. 18 Baylor, controlled the glass with a 39-21 rebaunding advantage at the United Supermarkets Arena.

13.000 crazy fans push the Red Raiders led from start-to-finish and tucked away their largest margin of victory in Big 12 action going back to an 84-58 triumph over Oklahoma on March 2, 2011.

Defence and bench points (42-4) make the gap immediately, Texas Tech took a 40-19 lead into the locker room and snatched their largest lead at 60-31 with 10:53 remaining in the second half.

Davide Moretti score 4 points, driving the team for 17 minutes as a pure point guard.

Texas Tech travels to 13-time defending Big 12 regular season champion and this season’s Big 12 preseason favorite in No. 11 Kansas on Tuesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. CT from Allen Fieldhouse, and the game will be televised by ESPN as part of the Super Tuesday.

VIDEO

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY-BAYLOR UNIVERSITY 77-53
Highlights.
http://www.texastech.com/watch/?Archive=14286&type=Live
Game.
https://youtu.be/I31p1aHmd4A

THE COURAGE OF MORETTI’S DINASTY

by Franco Marcelletti.

I have been back for two years to training in the youth sector of the Verona Tezenis because I liked the idea of helping to grow some young talent from Verona.

Many were the differences that immediately struck me. First of all, a predilection to keep the groups together for a long time, when the first porpoise must be to make the talents grow, and immediately, I remember when Paolo Moretti came back into my mind.

The year was 1986 and in Roseto there were the national finals Juniores (the current U18) and the year of birth was 1967. In the Mens Sana Siena, coached by a teacher like Luca Finetti, Paolo played that was ’70, three years younger, and already made the difference.

With today’s regulations it would not have been possible!

We find ourselves today with a lack of production of Italian players as a number and quality, so almost all the best are children of former players: Gallinari, Gentile, Sacchetti, Cinciarini, Pascolo, Della Valle, Tonut, Alibegovic, Laganà, and the same Davide Moretti.

It seems almost as though their families have been the guest house and their coaching fathers, and it has often happened.

Since the advent of the Bosman law, the recruitment of companies is limited to a provincial context, at most regional. When companies lack an economic return, investing in the youth sector is a noble exception that concerns few companies.

This leads to a level of comparison between the lower and less educational players.

Or they are looking for foreigners to whom they can offer the four years of training.

Talking about Davide in the NCAA, so for me, it’s like talking about the Italian brain drain abroad that our country, our basketball, could not hold back.

What the Moretti has in common is courage.

Paolo was one of the first Italians in 96 ‘to go to Greece. It was a courageous and risky choice to question oneself in a new and particular environment like the Hellenic one.

Davide has left a really comfort zone in Legadue championship, and a probable change in Serie A, to live a new experience.

The technical work to become a real point guard and the physical one to face a very competitive conference, I’m sure we will deliver an important player for Italian basketball, which we greatly need.

And as Peter Gabriel sang, “Don’t give up, I know you can make it good”.

Francesco “Franco” Marcelletti
Coach Italian League winner in Caserta (1990/1991) and Italian Cup winner in Caserta (1988).
Promoted in Serie A with Verona (1992/1993).
Best coach of Serie A with Verona (1993/1994).

FIRST TIME IN STARTING FIVE FOR DAVIDE

A strong defensive effort was the key of the No. 21 Texas Tech men’s basketball team to a 74-47 win over Abilene Christian at the United Supermarkets Arena during is final tune-up prior to Big 12 play.

The Red Raiders (11-1) had four players score in double figures and held the Wildcats (8-5) to under 30 percent shooting as a team. Texas Tech extended their nonconference home winning streak to 38 consecutive games which is the fifth-longest streak in the nation.

Texas Tech opened the game with a 16-2 run behind six early points from Gray and a defensive effort that limited the Wildcats to just one bucket through the first nine minutes.

Texas Tech will return from the holiday break for is Big 12 opener against No. 18 Baylor, 29th December at the United Supermarkets Arena. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m. CT, and the game will be televised by Fox College Sports.

RED RAIDERS WIN THE TENTH, DAVIDE MORETTI AT HIS HIGH SEASON.

TTU (10-1) shows off their most balance scoring performance of the season with six players in double figures.

The Texas Tech guys, after a very tight first half, picked up where they left off  the locker room and pushed the lead to 15 points within the opening five minutes of the second half.

Stevenson, Evans and Moretti banged home three-pointers inside a 1:27 stretch to extend the Texas Tech lead to 82-47 with 5:03 to go.

Davide Moretti amassed 10 of his season’s best 14 points off the bench during the second 20 minutes. He was an effective 6-of-9 from the floor and tacked on three rebounds along with two assists.

Texas Tech will complete a stretch of four games in 10 days versus Abilene Christian on Friday 22 December, before taking the week holiday break. Tipoff is slated for 2 p.m. CT from the United Supermarkets Arena.

MORO IN TWO VIDEOS

Two videos with Davide Moretti.

The first is a story about him in the college and is visible at the link:
https://www.facebook.com/TexasTechMBB/videos/726446294212656/

The second is the pre-match press conference against Florida Atlantic University and is visible at the link:

VICTORY AGAINST RICE IN THE NIGHT OF THROWBACK GAME

Very exciting atmosphere, historical arena, players who have made college history and legendary twenty years ago uniforms, introduce a race, which at the beginning is psychologically hard.

The Red Raiders chase for the entire first half, overcoming Rice only in the last five minutes (HalfTime 29-25).

Still in balance at first minutes of the second half (35-35 at 5 ‘), until the defense of coach Beard boys becomes excellent, and causes turnovers to opponents and easy points in fastbreak for TTU.

Incredible the number, 26 turnovers of Rice and still remarkable the contribution of the bench, 34 points!

Davide closes with 8 points, 3/9 from the field (2/6 from 3 points), 2 assists and 3 steals an excellent match.

Texas Tech will play on Tuesday, December 19 (7pm local time), hosts Florida Atlantic University (FAU) at the United Supermarkets Arena.

VIDEO

TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY-RICE 73-53
Highlights.
http://www.texastech.com/watch/?Archive=14247&type=Live