Smith Hopes To Revitalize Texas Tech Basketball Program

Tubby Smith (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Tubby Smith (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

LUBBOCK (AP) – Tubby Smith believes Texas Tech can have a winning program again.

The Red Raiders’ new coach brings a standout resume to West Texas. Smith won a national title at Kentucky, has made 17 NCAA tournament appearances and has 19 seasons with at least 20 victories. He comes to Texas Tech after six seasons at Minnesota.

Texas Tech put together four consecutive 20-plus win seasons during Bob Knight’s nearly eight-year tenure, including a 2005 appearance in the NCAA regional semifinals. Before Knight, James Dickey led the Red Raiders to a top-10 ranking and a 30-win season.

But Texas Tech has won just four Big 12 games the past two seasons, including an 11-20 finish last season.

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