Texas Tech Red Raiders Basketball: 2020-21 Season Preview
Prior to the opening of the 2020-21 Big 12 men's basketball season, Heartland College Sports will analyze each of the Big 12 men's basketball teams. Today it's the Texas Tech Red Raiders.Recap of the 2019-20 seasonRecord: 18-13 (9-9 in Big 12)Post-season: All actions for the postseason tournament have been canceled due to the coronavirus. Texas […]

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Prior to the opening of the 2020-21 Big 12 men's basketball season, Heartland College Sports will analyze each of the Big 12 men's basketball teams. Today it's the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Recap of the 2019-20 season

Record: 18-13 (9-9 in Big 12)

Post-season: All actions for the postseason tournament have been canceled due to the coronavirus. Texas Tech followed as the bubble team for the NCAA tournament.

Top Returning Leaders in 2020-2021

G Kyler Edwards (11.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg), G Terrence Shannon Jr. (9.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg), G Kevin McCullar (6.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg).

2019 - 20 seniors / letters / transfers lost: G Davide Moretti (13.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg), F TJ Holyfield (8.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg), G Chris Clarke (5.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 137 assists). G Jahmi'us Ramsey (15.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg), G Deshawn Corprew transferred to Texas A&M. C Russel Tchewa transferred to USF. F Andrei Savrasov transferred to South Georgia.

Recruitment

Signed recruits: G Nimari Burnett, 6ft 3in, Prolific Prep (Napa, Calif.); F Micah Peavy, 6ft 7in, Duncanville (Duncanville, TX); F Chibuzo Agbo Jr., 6 feet 7 inches, St. Augustine (San Diego, Calif.); C Vladislav Goldin, 7 feet 1 meter, Putnam Science Academy (Putnam, CT / Nalchick, Russia).

According to 247Sports.com, the class was # 1 in the Big 12 and # 9 nationally (it's the best overall class in tech history). Burnett and Peavy were among the top 40 rookies nationally, and Peavy is a big hit, solidifying the Duncanville pipeline (Ramsey also went to Duncanville high school). Burnett and Peavy could play immediately, but they will have to fight for playing time. Goldin is a late comer in the recruiting class and will likely be redshirted. F Esahia Nyiwe was in the class but is not on the Texas Tech list. And no one seems to know why.

As for 2021, the Red Raiders only have one signer, but it's a good one: 6-foot-6 forward Jaylon Tyson of John Paul II High School in Plano, TX. He's another Top 100 rookie for the Red Raiders, ranked No. 51 by 247Sports.com.

Eligible transfers for the 2020-21 season: F Joel Ntambwe (UNLV), G Jamarius Burton (Wichita State), G Mac McClung (Georgetown) and F Marcus Santos-Silva (Virginia Commonwealth) are all eligible to play this season.

Transfers expected in 2020-2021: No.

In anticipation of 2020-2021

On the one hand, Texas Tech looks gutted. Holyfield and Clarke were no longer eligible. Ramsey opted for the NBA and was drafted by the Sacramento Kings (along with another Big 12 alumnus Tyrese Haliburton from Iowa State). Moretti left to play professionally in his native Italy. Tchewa, who had a bright future, was transferred. It's basically starting lineup for the Red Raiders. But, on the other hand, head coach Chris Beard seems to be very good at going around the cars. But let's start with what comes up. Edwards has just had a great season and should be Tech's # 1 option since the jump. Shannon is a mad athlete and is refining his game. McCullar arrived at the end of last season. Avery Benson is a gritty reserve guard, while Clarence Nalondy has played little and Tyreek Smith in a red shirt. If this was all the Red Raiders' comeback, that would be concerning. But Beard once again owned the transfer market. Ntwambe was supposed to play last year, but was unable to secure the waiver. At UNLV, he averaged 11.8 points and 5.5 rebounds in his first year. He will have a chance to start. Santos-Silva, a graduate transfer, was on average nearly double-double two years ago. Burton averages 10.3 points and 3.4 assists per game in sophomore. McClung, who received his waiver in October, averaged 14 points per game in Georgetown. Ntambwe and Santos-Silva can solidify the interior, while Burton and McClung can strengthen the perimeter. I mean, those four guys could hit the ground with Edwards and the Red Raiders would be immediately competitive. Then start the recruiting class and you have the potential for great depth. The only player on the roster who is probably not ready to compete at the moment is Goldin. As mentioned, Burnett and Peavy are Top 40 rookies and they are not in Lubbock to sit on. Considering what the Red Raiders have lost, Beard has done an incredible job of keeping the program competitive this season. This Red Raiders squad could look a lot like last year's squad - one that starts out a bit slow and builds up as the season progresses. Remember last year's squad really hit their mark after the Big 12-SEC Challenge game with Kentucky in late January.

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This is a beginners guide to betting, written by a beginner ! You might not know this about me, but whilst Ian is a betting professionnel with a long history of placing football bets, I am not ! I know the web and how to make things on it, but I don’t know a lot about .

I do love this site though, so I wanted to learn more about betting so that I can better contribute to the conversations on it. I have been researching things for some time and thought I would write them up as a guide to football betting.

You might wonder why I didn’t ask Ian to write this guide, him being the expert, the truth is I thought it would be better coming from someone picking up the ropes. Ian knows so much he might assume you know something you don’t, I don’t know anything so that can’t happen !

These are the two most common way to place bets these days so I wanted to cover them in a little detail. We don’t hide that fact that Ian prefers singles but that doesn’t help you if you don’t know the main differences.

When you bet with an accumulator, all your bets need to win in order for you to be able to claim the money. This makes it much harder to win but of course the reward is far greater. As a new football bettor it is very tempting to bet on accumulators because you could see your £10 stake spiral into big bucks pretty quick.

Beginners Guide to Football BettingThis is a beginners guide to betting, written by a beginner ! You might not know this about me, but whilst Ian is a betting expert with a long history of placing football bets, I am not ! I know the digitale and how to make things on it, but I don’t know a lot about football. I do love this site though, so I wanted to learn more about football betting so that I can better contribute to the conversations on it. I have been researching things for some time and thought I would write them up as a guide to football betting. You might wonder why I didn’t ask Ian to write this guide, him being the expert, the truth is I thought it would be better coming from someone picking up the ropes. Ian knows so much he might assume you know something you don’t, I don’t know anything so that can’t happen ! Something that you might benefit from is our free tipster fax course. It is a free courier course that takes sept days to complete and by the end of it you should be a bit of an expert ! Some Football Betting TermsI figured I would start off with some football betting terms. Stake – This is the amount of money you place on a bet, in other words the amount of money you stand to lose if you don’t win. Accumulator – A accumulator is a series of single bets grouped together, if each of the bets comes off then the odds accumulate together. Normally when you hear of people putting a fiver on something and winning a couple of thousand it is because of accumulators. Because each bet needs to win though they can be risky. Handicap – This is a bet that is offered when one team is the clear favourite – Think Brazil vs your local old boys team ! The handicap gives a small advantage to the underdog. For example, there may be a one goal head start given to the underdog. I am going to explain Handicapping more later in this article. Half Time/Full Time – This type of bet is split into two, when you predict the winner of the first half then of the entire game. So you could predict a draw at half time but for the home team to win by full time. Banker – This is basically the closet thing to a certainty as you can get, the tipster is very sure that the bet will land if they consider it a banker. For example we give banker tips to our members. Scorecast – This is when you bet on a player to score the first goal along with predicting the acceptable score. Wincast – Very similar to a scorecast but you bet on a player to score and then predict the winner of the game. 90 Minute Betting – This is mentioned a lot when people bet on individual players ( maybe as goal scorers ) normally if the player doesn’t make an appearance the bet is called off, but if the player appears during the normal minutes of the game they are eligible for the bet. 24 Hour Rule – Most betting websites have a rule like this where if a match is postponed the bet only becomes void if the match doesn’t get played within a 24 hour period. So for example if a match was just put back 2 hours the bet would still stand. Over/Under – Overs and Unders are when you bet on the amount of goals being scored, normally it will be over or under an amount, for example over 2. 5 means if there are 3 or more goals. Under 2. 5 would be 0, 1, or 2 goals being scored. DNB – This stands for Draw No Bet. What this means is if the score is a draw you get your money back for your bet. This can be seen as a safer option but you should understand that the odds are usually lower when this is selected. Double Chance – A Double Chance bet is one where you pick a winner and if they win OR it is a draw, you win the bet. If the team you pick loses then you lose the bet. Like DNB the odds are generally lower but it is a safer bet as a result. Bankroll – how much money you have to bet with. We’ve written more about what the bankroll is. HandicapsHandicaps are something that confused the heck out of me for the longest time, so I want to spend a while looking at them in detail. This is such a common question that I have written up a guide to the Asian and European handicapping. Want to learn how to be an expert football bettor for free ? JOIN OUR EMAIL COURSEAccumulators Vs SinglesThese are the two most common way to place bets these days so I wanted to cover them in a little detail. We don’t hide that fact that Ian prefers singles but that doesn’t help you if you don’t know the main differences. When you bet with an accumulator, all your bets need to win in order for you to be able to claim the money. This makes it much harder to win but of course the reward is far greater. As a new bettor it is very tempting to bet on accumulators because you could see your £10 stake spiral into big bucks pretty quick. Singles on the other hand are not effected by other bets. So if I place £10 on three different matches as singles and 2 of them come in, then I make money on those two bets. The odds aren’t as good if I was to role up all my bets into an accumulator, but the odds of me walking away with some money are much higher.

The main advice here is to find what it right for you. Just because some people swear by accumulators and others swear by singles doesn’t mean you should listen to the loudest voice. Do some research, maybe put some small stakes on a few different ways and see what felt good and what had a good return on your investment.

Beginners Guide to Football BettingThis is a beginners guide to betting, written by a beginner ! You might not know this about me, but whilst Ian is a betting expert with a long history of placing bets, I am not ! I know the web and how to make things on it, but I don’t know a lot about . I do love this site though, so I wanted to learn more about football betting so that I can better contribute to the conversations on it. I have been researching things for some time and thought I would write them up as a guide to football betting. You might wonder why I didn’t ask Ian to write this guide, him being the expert, the truth is I thought it would be better coming from someone picking up the ropes. Ian knows so much he might assume you know something you don’t, I don’t know anything so that can’t happen ! Something that you might benefit from is our free tipster fax course. It is a free email course that takes 7 days to complete and by the end of it you should be a bit of an expert ! Some Football Betting TermsI figured I would start off with some football betting terms. Stake – This is the amount of money you place on a bet, in other words the amount of money you stand to lose if you don’t win. Accumulator – A football accumulator is a series of single bets grouped together, if each of the bets comes off then the odds accumulate together. Normally when you hear of people putting a fiver on something and winning a couple of thousand it is because of accumulators. Because each bet needs to win though they can be risky. Handicap – This is a bet that is offered when one team is the clear favourite – Think Brazil vs your local old boys team ! The handicap gives a small advantage to the underdog. For example, there may be a one goal head start given to the underdog. I am going to explain Handicapping more later in this article. Half Time/Full Time – This type of bet is split into two, when you predict the winner of the first half then of the entire game. So you could predict a draw at half time but for the home team to win by full time. Banker – This is basically the closet thing to a certainty as you can get, the tipster is very sure that the bet will land if they consider it a banker. For example we give banker tips to our members. Scorecast – This is when you bet on a player to score the first goal along with predicting the satisfaisant score. Wincast – Very similar to a scorecast but you bet on a player to score and then predict the winner of the game. Minute Betting – This is mentioned a lot when people bet on individual players ( maybe as goal scorers ) normally if the player doesn’t make an appearance the bet is called off, but if the player appears during the normal 90 minutes of the game they are eligible for the bet. 24 Hour Rule – Most betting websites have a rule like this where if a match is postponed the bet only becomes void if the match doesn’t get played within a 24 hour period. So for example if a match was just put back 2 hours the bet would still stand. Over/Under – Overs and Unders are when you bet on the amount of goals being scored, normally it will be over or under an amount, for example over 2. 5 means if there are 3 or more goals. Under 2. 5 would be 0, 1, or 2 goals being scored. DNB – This stands for Draw No Bet. What this means is if the score is a draw you get your money back for your bet. This can be seen as a safer option but you should understand that the odds are usually lower when this is selected. Double Chance – A Double Chance bet is one where you pick a winner and if they win OR it is a draw, you win the bet. If the team you pick loses then you lose the bet. Like DNB the odds are generally lower but it is a safer bet as a result. Bankroll – how much money you have to bet with. We’ve written more about what the bankroll is. HandicapsHandicaps are something that confused the heck out of me for the longest time, so I want to spend a while looking at them in detail. This is such a common question that I have written up a guide to the Asian and European handicapping. Want to learn how to be an professionnel bettor for free ? JOIN OUR EMAIL COURSEAccumulators Vs SinglesThese are the two most common way to place bets these days so I wanted to cover them in a little detail. We don’t hide that fact that Ian prefers singles but that doesn’t help you if you don’t know the main differences. When you bet with an accumulator, all your bets need to win in order for you to be able to claim the money. This makes it much harder to win but oui the reward is far greater. As a new bettor it is very tempting to bet on accumulators because you could see your £10 stake spiral into big bucks pretty quick. Singles on the other hand are not effected by other bets. So if I place £10 on three different matches as singles and 2 of them come in, then I make money on those two bets. The odds aren’t as good if I was to role up all my bets into an accumulator, but the odds of me walking away with some money are much higher. The main advice here is to find what it right for you. Just because some people swear by accumulators and others swear by singles doesn’t mean you should listen to the loudest voice. Do some research, maybe put some small stakes on a few different ways and see what felt good and what had a good return on your investment. Getting your way with the bookiesSomething you will encounter when you start betting is a range of different online and offline bookmakers. All will have their own way of dealing with things and all will want you to work with them differently. This can seem daunting but we’ve written up a guide on what to look out for and how to state your case if you think a bookmaker has wronged you.

There are two things I have caught myself doing related to being greedy, the first is adding extra teams into an accumulator just because it will bump up my maximum payout. This is almost always a dramatiques idea ! The second thing I have done is bet more money on a team than I initially was going to. You should have a plan for how much you are going to bet and stick to it.

You are not going to win every bet, if you want to become successful at betting on you need to be patient and pick the right bets for you. Never bet more than you can afford to loseBefore I place a bet I always think about the money I am going to be placing on it and think, if I were to lose this money right now would I be OK with that. If the answer is no I won’t place the bet.

They are too unpredictable, you don’t know how much effort the respective teams are putting in and reserve players may get an outing that you weren’t counting on. If the friendlies are before the start of a new season ( they often are ) players will be very aware to not pick up any injuries so might not play as hard as they normally do.

What I mean by this is that two teams can look a certain way on paper, but if one of those teams has already won the league and the other is fighting to stay in the league there is a very good chance that the team good on paper will be on auto pilot whilst the team playing to stay out of relegation is going to be fighting for their life !

If ever there was a post to comment on with your questions this would be it ! The only stupid question is the one not asked. We’re also really keen on hearing where we can improve this article, so if you still have questions or something wasn’t clear, it was because we’ve done a bad travail and we would love you to tell us how to do better. If you’re hungry for more, I can highly recommend our free mail course.

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