TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS
Per Steve Wiseman
Duke’s annual game in the New York City metro area takes the Blue Devils to Madison Square Garden to meet the Red Raiders, who posted eight wins over AP Top 25 teams last season while going 27-10. Like Duke, Texas Tech fell one win short of the Final Four last March, losing 71-59 to eventual national champion Villanova in the East Region final. Coach Chris Beard lost four seniors plus freshman Zhaire Smith, who is now with the Philadelphia 76ers after being picked No. 16 overall in the first round of the NBA Draft. Jarrett Culver, a 6-5 guard who scored 11.2 points per game, is the lone Texas Tech player returning who averaged double-digits in scoring.