The Texas Tech College Pink Raiders basketball workforce competes within the extremely aggressive Large 12 Convention alongside perennial powerhouse packages just like the College of Kansas and the College of Texas. Whereas the Large 12 is predominately recognized across the nation as a soccer convention the grouping of 12 groups from seven states (Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas) persistently sends 5 or 6 groups to the NCAA Event each March. In lots of respects the success the Large 12 has in soccer (having appeared in 7 of the final 10 nationwide championship video games) overshadows the accomplishments on the hardwood the place each season groups just like the Texas Tech Pink Raiders step up and make a major affect on the faculty basketball panorama.
Situated within the West Texas metropolis of Lubbock the Texas Tech Pink Raiders and their 30,000 college students (24,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate) are sometimes related to their soccer program despite the truth that the basketball has had the same degree of success. Over time the Pink Raiders have gained 5 convention tournaments and 6 common season championships throughout their time within the now defunct Southwest Convention (dissolved in Might, 1996). The Texas Tech program has a formidable 14 NCAA Event appearances to its credit score and has had the excellence of sending a few dozen gamers on to play skilled basketball within the NBA.
The present (February, 2010) Texas Tech College Pink Raiders are coached by Pat Knight. Pat is the son of former Pink Raiders coach and basketball Corridor of Fame member Bob Knight. A lot to the shock of school basketball followers Pat Knight took over the pinnacle teaching duties at Texas Tech for his father mid-season in 2008. Coach Pat Knight first joined the Pink Raiders in 2000 as an assistant. In March of 2001 Pat’s father, legendary Coach Bob Knight, was employed to exchange James Dickey because the Texas Tech head coach. Although Pat was tapped in 2005 to be the inheritor obvious when his father stepped down the timing of the mid-season retirement of Bobby Knight on February 4, 2008 nonetheless took a lot of the nation unexpectedly.
Previous to his retirement Bob Knight had a profitable teaching stint at Texas Tech College that concluded with a 138-82 file over 7 seasons. Though Bobby Knight didn’t expertise the identical degree of success as he had earlier in his teaching profession whereas with Indiana the place he gained a number of nationwide championships his affect on the Texas Tech Pink Raiders program was unquestionably optimistic. Throughout his time in Lubbock Coach Knight reached file breaking milestones that introduced an unprecedented quantity of consideration to the Texas Tech basketball program throughout a time when the varsity would have doubtless in any other case been below the radar of most main faculty hoops tales. On New Yr’s Day 2007 Bob Knight surpassed Dean Smith for sole possession of probably the most teaching victories of all-time with 880 to his identify. A bit over a 12 months afterward January 16, 2008 Knight grew to become the primary coach in males’s faculty basketball to ever attain the 900 win mark.
The Texas Tech College Pink Raiders basketball program has had its fair proportion of up and down seasons throughout its prolonged existence that dates again to 1925. Followers near this system are optimistic that Pat Knight will deliver the beloved program again to nationwide prominence within the years to come back.