The men’s college basketball season is getting closer.
Texas Tech will know its nonconference opponents after releasing the nonconference schedule Monday, which includes a slate of 13 contests — with eight home games, a trip to Hawaii to play in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, a neutral-site clash in Houston and Big 12-SEC Challenge matchup against LSU in Baton Rouge.
Television designations and game times will be announced when available, while the Big 12 Conference schedule is expected to be announced at a later date.
Tech’s non-conference schedule: Northwestern State (Nov. 7), Texas Southern (Nov. 10), Louisiana Tech (Nov. 14), three games at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational – playing Creighton in opener (Nov. 21-23), Georgetown (Nov. 30), Nicholls (Dec. 7), Eastern Washington (Dec. 13), Jackson State (Dec. 17 – at Texas Southern University), Houston Baptist (Dec. 21), South Carolina State (Dec. 27) and at LSU (Jan. 28).
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported on seven of those contests after Tech Tech supplied contracts for seven of those games to the A-J last week in response to an open-records request. The only addition was a Dec. 17 contest against Jackson State to be played at Texas Southern in Houston.
The Red Raiders are coming off a season in which they advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament and secured an 18-0 mark at United Supermarkets Arena — tied for the best home record in the nation.
Under head coach Mark Adams, in his first season, Tech led the nation in defensive efficiency and was 27-10 overall after claiming wins over Montana State and Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament. Tech had its season end with a 78-73 loss to Duke in a Sweet 16 matchup in San Francisco.
Of note, the Red Raiders are set to take on Louisiana Tech which is led by Talvin Hester — a former Texas Tech assistant last season before he returned to Ruston, Louisiana.
In the highest-profile portion of the nonconference slate, Texas Tech is scheduled to will travel to Hawaii after playing Louisiana Tech to compete in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational set for Nov. 21-23.
The Red Raiders are scheduled to open up against Creighton in the first game of the tournament which is in its 39th year and played at the Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui. The field also includes: Arkansas, Arizona, Cincinnati, Louisville, Ohio State and San Diego State.
Single game tickets for Red Raider Basketball home games will go on sale later this fall with more information being released at a later date.
Texas Tech women’s soccer
Macy Blackburn was named Monday to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team.
The honor comes a year after Blackburn, a defender, was selected to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team, Midwest All-Region Second Team and the TopDrawerSoccer.com All-Freshman Second Team. She was also invited to the U.S. U20 training camp.
Last season, the defender started all 19 games she played in and logged just over 1,500 minutes, playing the full 90 minutes or more 11 times.
The Keller, Texas native led the Red Raiders with nine assists, including a season-high two assists against both Abilene Christian and Oklahoma. She tallied 11 points, good for third-most on the squad, and scored her first collegiate goal against ACU.
Her 0.47 assists per game ranked fourth in the conference while her nine assists ranked sixth.
Blackburn and the rest of the Red Raiders kick start the season with a 7 p.m. Thursday match against Troy at the John Walker Soccer Complex.
This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: COLLEGE SPORTS ROUNDUP: Texas Tech men’s basketball releases nonconference schedule