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The Double T 97-3 answer the question "With Basketball season starting this week, what are your way too early expectations for the Men's basketball team year year?"
Chuck Heinz - the Morning Drive
Sixth or better in the Big 12, NCAA tournament with at least one home victory v. any of the following: Kansas, West Virginia, TCU or Texas.
Jamie Lent - The Morning Drive
I think the expectations have to start with making the NCAA tournament. With the top four scorers from Big 12 play returning and a nice recruiting class, its easy to expect more than that. We will have to wait to see what the rest of the Big 12 looks like, but I believe you have a great chance to finish in the top half of the conference. That would likely get you a decent seed in the tournament and hopefully set you up for a chance to win a game or two in the tourney.
Zach Logsdon - The Morning Drive
I expect this team to be much more successful than last year's team. Last year, you basically played everyone in conference close and lost at the end. This year, with the continued development of key players from last year as well as a group of solid newcomers, I expect them to be able to get over that hump. I'm thinking at least 20 wins and a 6-seed or better in the NCAA tournament.
Chois Woodman - The Bottom Line
Texas Tech will be a top 5 team in the Big 12 conference. After a disappointing finish to last season, this team will be motivated to put together a good season with such great senior leadership. There are so many questions across the conference, and the Red Raiders should be able to take advantage. Texas Tech will be back to the NCAA tournament in 2018.
Geoff Haxton - The Bottom Line
NCAA or bust. Hardened veterans combined with talented freshmen. Achieve the chemistry balance early and you could see a special season. Must find another outside shooter or two to go with Keenan Evans. Expect Tech to close better with Coach Beard in year two.
Zach Sparkman - The Bottom Line
I type this as I knock on all the wood around me, I predict the team will be back in the NCAA tournament, Zach Smith will take another step forward with his outside game, Keenan Evans will be an all Big 12 first or second team player, and one of Zahire Smith or Jarret Culver emerge as key pieces as freshman.
Rob Verby - The Press Box and Fox34 Sports
I really think with their top four scorers coming back plus some of the guys that they've added transfers and jucos, freshman class I think this team is nine or 10 deep and definitely should go to the NCAA tournament this year.
Jeff McGuire - The Sunday Sports Blitz
I don't know that I have them. I want to see Odiase healthy all year. I want to see what Zach Smith, Keenan Evans and Justin Gray can do in their final season here at Tech. I need to see them win a Big 12 road game. More that one would be nice. I want to see how quickly this teams blends together to for one unit. I just don't know what to expect. As much as we know the starters, the bench is a huge question mark for me. Kansas will be good, so should West Virginia. The rest of the Big 12 is up for grabs. I could see this team finish anywhere from 7th or 8th in the conference to 3rd if things go right. No expectations, but I will be watching.
Chris Williamson - The Sunday Sports Blitz
I feel that we should be a top 4 Big 12 team and make the NCAA tournament. Zach Smith should be a BIG 12 player of the year candidate and Keenan Evans should be All Big 12. The only worry is the fact that they have 7 freshman, chemistry could be an issue. Still have high hopes.
Kyle Stafford - The Sunday Sports Blitz
With the core group back for one last run, I believe this team has a chance to finish as high as fifth in the Big 12. That would certainly be good enough to get into the Big Dance. Texas Tech will finish the regular season 20-11.