Red Raiders credit trip to Martin County for part of their success

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Editor”s Note: The Texas Tech Red Raiders came as close as the overtime loss Monday night in the national finals, knocking off one major program after another as they made history in college basketball. What many did not know is that Tech got iot all started right here in Martin County when Chris Beard, who would become the nation’s Coach of the Year, loaded up a band of diverse athletes and brought them south for a weekend at Circle Six. Beard credits that bonding weekend as the start of what would become Tech and West Texas history. Following is an article on that pivotal weekend.

MARTIN COUNTY - They drove south from Lubbock for nearly two hours, zipping past an occasional small town and miles of sun-browned countryside.

Only when they were as far removed from civilization as possible did their bus turn off Highway 137 and pull up to their destination.

Before official practices began last October, Texas Tech basketball coach Chris Beard took his team to a sparsely populated part of West Texas for a weekend retreat at a ranch that typically hosts Baptist church camps.

Beard had organized similar preseason retreats for previous teams he had coached, but this one took on greater importance because of the Red Raiders’ ambitions and roster makeup this season.

Six of Texas Tech’s eight leading scorers from the 2017-18 season had either exhausted their eligibility or entered the NBA draft after helping the Red Raiders reach their first Elite Eight in program history.


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