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Texas Tech to Face Gonzaga at ‘Hoops In The Desert’ Event

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders announced on Tuesday that they will face Gonzaga in a non-conference showdown on Dec. 18 at the ‘Hoops In The Desert’ event.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the field of teams for the third annual Jerry Colangelo Classic, which will take place at Phoenix Suns Arena in Phoenix, Arizona.

The event is a one-day quadruple-header which will also feature USC vs. Georgia Tech, Grand Canyon vs. San Francisco, and Northern Arizona vs. San Diego.

The Bulldogs (31-1 last season) are coming off a trip to the 2021 NCAA Championship Final, where they lost to the Baylor Bears, a Big 12 rival of the Red Raiders.

 

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Texas Tech is coming off an 18-11 season that saw the Red Raiders reach the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Once the season was over, former head coach Chris Beard took the job at Texas, which triggered a series of transfers and early NBA declarations within the Red Raiders. Beard’s top assistant, Mark Adams, has taken over the program. The West Texas native will be entering his first season as a Division I head coach, though he has 544 career wins as a head coach below Division I.

The Red Raiders and the Bulldogs have played each other three times in their history, and the Red Raiders have won all three games, including an Elite Eight matchup in the 2019 NCAA Tournament.

The only other Red Raiders game currently known is their matchup against Providence on Dec. 1 as part of the Big 12-Big East Battle in Providence, Rhode Island.

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