LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - With the Red Raiders on their way to the big dance for a second year in a row, excitement is building for this year’s tournament run.
A former Texas Tech men’s basketball player talked about how well the current team is doing, and what they need to do to win on Thursday night.
Jesus Arenas played for the Red Raiders from 1999-2002. He was coached by James Dickey for the first two years of his career and was coached by Bob Knight his senior year. Coach Knight’s assistant coach at that time was Coach Beard.
Arenas said he has kept in touch with his coaches, former teammates and the basketball team’s success.
“Winning is just hard to do in general,” said Arenas. “Coach Beard has done a great job in getting the guys to just believe. Especially when you have the success that they’ve had last year. Trying to repeat that, that’s almost even harder to do, kind of keep that success going.”
Arenas is the former boys’ basketball coach for Lubbock High School. Arenas said the three things the Red Raiders need to focus on during the game against the Michigan Wolverines is, “You gotta take care of the ball. Eliminate mistakes. You’ll still make mistakes, but at least be hustling. Limit that. Defensively, I think the guys feel like they can guard anybody as a team. I think that’s been their forte all season long and I think they’ll continue with that. And then offensively they’ve been doing well. They just gotta not play timid and be ready for the moment.”
Arenas said he and all the former Red Raiders are, “We’re just proud of them. Proud to be red raiders. And super proud of Coach Beard. You know we want them to go as far as possible and we’re proud of them."