That’s a tall order considering how empty the 15,000-seat United Spirit Arena has been since Bob Knight retired in 2008. The current school men’s basketball student attendance record is 5,898 when Tech upset No. 6 Texas A&M in 2007.
The Red Raiders likely won’t make the NCAA tournament this season, but the fans in Lubbock, Texas are excited about basketball for the first time in seven years because of the progress the program has shown under first-year head coach Tubby Smith.
More than 4,300 students showed up for Texas Tech’s upset of then-No. 19 Oklahoma State on Feb. 8. And the athletic department has been creative in getting the Red Raider faithful to show up in full force.