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Smith's style creates family feel with Texas Tech; Red Raiders aiming for 4th straight win

Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith gestures during the second half on an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Texas Tech won 68-60. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith gestures during the second half on an NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma in Norman, Okla., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. Texas Tech won 68-60. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)  (The Associated Press)

Tubby Smith has already outdone his two predecessors at Texas Tech.

The 62-year-old Smith is the fourth coach in as many years for the Red Raiders and he's led them to more Big 12 wins than the previous two seasons combined and to victories over two Top 25 teams in the past month.

Texas Tech senior Jaye Crockett, who is averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game to lead the Red Raiders, says Smith has taught him about basketball smarts and mental toughness.

Texas Tech (13-11, 5-6) was looking for stability when it hired Smith in April. The program had had two coaches who each stayed a year.

The Red Raiders have won three in a row and play at No. 11 Iowa State on Saturday.