Jaye Crockett looks to become the 37th member of the 1,000-Point Club at Texas Tech.
January 10, 2014
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||Texas Tech: Tubby Smith (Career: 519-233 in 23 seasons; at Texas Tech: 8-7 in first season).
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||Texas leads the series, 79-53. Tubby Smith is 0-1 all-time against Texas (0-1 at Minnesota).
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The Last Meeting
March 9, 2013
and Texas Tech (8-7, 0-2) will look to do something that no other Red Raider team has done since joining the Big 12 Conference in 1996 -- win in Austin. Texas Tech has lost 17 consecutive games to the Longhorns in the state capital, dating back to the first year of the Big 12, 1996-97. From 1939-87, Texas Tech controlled the series, 42-31, but since then Texas has won 42 of 53. In fact, the Red Raiders are looking for their first win over the Longhorns since 2008 in Lubbock and just their fourth since the formation of the Big 12. Texas (11-4, 0-2) is looking to avoid an 0-3 start in conference play for the second straight year and the third time in the Big 12 Era. Statistically, the two teams are very similar, but Texas is slightly smaller and quicker with five players averaging in double figures. In fact, all 10 scholarship players for the Longhorns have scored in double figures.
LOOKING FOR THAT FIRST WIN
Both Texas and Texas Tech will look to improve to 1-2 in Big 12 play, after starting the season 0-2. A Red Raider win in Austin would be the first of its kind in 18 years for Texas Tech.
SMITH, BARNES MEET AGAIN
Tubby Smith and Rick Barnes have combined to win 1,090 games. Smith has won 519 games in 23 seasons, while Barnes has secured 571 victories over 27 seasons. Smith leads the series between the two floor generals, 2-1. The two first squared off against each other when Smith was at Georgia and Barnes was leading Clemson in the 1996 NCAA Tournament. Smith's Bulldogs won 81-74. The two met again, when No. 8 Kentucky topped No. 13 Clemson in Phoenix, 76-61, in 1997. Barnes picked up his first win over Smith, when Texas topped Minnesota in the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
CROCKETT AND TOLBERT KEEP CLIMBING
Senior Jay Crockett and junior Jordan Tolbert are on pace to both reach 1,000 points and 500 rebounds this season. The last time two players on the same roster reached 1,000 points and 500 rebounds during the same season, was the 1974-75 season when Rick Bullock and William Johnson both did. Crockett has 998 points and 567 rebounds, while Tolbert has 856 points and 451 rebounds. Crockett is now two points shy of becoming the 36th member of the 1,000-Point Club.
A LOOK AT THE SERIES
From 1939 to 1987 Texas Tech controlled the series with Texas, 42-31, but since 1988, the Longhorns have dominated the series, 47-11. Since the two schools switched from the Southwest Conference to the Big 12 Conference in the fall of 1996, Texas has won 34 of 37 meetings with Texas Tech, including 17 straight in Austin. The last time the Red Raiders topped the Longhorns in the Capital City, was on Feb. 24, 1996, when the No. 9 Red Raiders pulled out a 75-58 win over the Longhorns. That season, Texas Tech swept Texas, 3-0, winning at home (79-78), on the road (75-58) and in the Southwest Conference Postseason Classic (75-73). Recently, Texas Tech has taken the Texas to overtime in two of the last three meetings.
1,000 POINTS AND COUNTING
Texas Tech senior Jaye Crockett needs two points against Texas on Saturday to become the 36th member of the 1,000-Point Club and the 17th member of the 1,000-Point & 500 Rebound Club. Crockett enters the game against Texas with 998 points, 567 rebounds, 90 assists, 89 steals and 59 blocks. If Crockett reaches 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 assists and 100 steals, he would become just the sixth Red Raider to accomplish the feat, joining Andre Emmett (2001-04), Will Flemons (1990-93), Sean Gay (1986-89), Jason Sasser (1993-96) and Martin Zeno (2005-08).
Texas Tech has two players averaging 10 points or more per game through 15 games and another five players each chipping in at least 5.0 points per game. Leading the way is senior Jaye Crockett, who is averaging 14.1 points and 6.4 rebounds, while shooting a Big 12-best 59.7 percent from the field. Junior Jordan Tolbert adds 12.9 points and 7.0 rebounds and is second in the Big 12 in field goal percentage at 59.5 percent. Junior college transfer Robert Turner chips in 9.1 points and 3.2 assists per game. Dusty Hannahs (8.1 ppg), Toddrick Gotcher (6.8 ppg) Dejan Kravic (6.4 ppg) and Aaron Ross (5.5 ppg) are also key contributors for the Red Raiders. In all, Texas Tech is averaging 74.3 points per game.
THE BOARD SITUATION
Texas Tech has won the battle of the boards in 11 of 15 games this season, including nine of the last 10 games. The Red Raiders have out-rebounded its opponent by 10 or more boards six times this season, including a +20 effort against Houston (46-26). The Red Raiders out-boarded Houston Baptist, 42-33, (+9) and Northern Arizona, 33-23 (+10). It is the largest rebounding margin (+11) since out-rebounding North Carolina A&T, 49-22, on Dec. 28, 2012 (22 games). But the last time Texas Tech out-rebounded its opponent by nine or more rebounds on consecutive nights was last season against Omaha (+21, 11/14/12) and Grambling State (+19, 11/20/12). The largest deficit this season came against Arizona, who overpowered Tech, 43-23. It is the largest board deficit since Kansas won the battle of the boards, 45-23, on March 4, 2013. Tech out-rebounded LSU, who as the sixth best rebounding team in the nation, 28-27, and topped Arizona State on the road, 45-23 (+13). The Red Raiders then out-boarded Mount St. Mary's, 39-25 (+14), Iowa State, 34-31 (+3), and West Virginia, 35-26 (+9). For the season, Texas Tech is averaging 34.9 rebounds per game and has a rebounding margin of +4.7 through 15 games this season.
POINTS IN THE PAINT
Texas Tech is in uncharted territory when it comes to scoring inside. The Red Raiders have netted 577 points in the paint through the first 15 games, averaging a school record 38.5 points per game inside. In eight of the 15 games, the Red Raiders have eclipsed 40 or more points in the paint, including reaching 50 three times against Houston Baptist (50), UTSA (54) and Mount St. Mary's (58). The 58 points is the most points in the paint for a Red Raider team since Nov. 20, 2008, when Texas Tech rolled past East Central, 167-115, at United Spirit Arena. That night the Red Raiders drained 90 points in the paint. It spans 173 games between the two largest efforts for the Red Raiders. The highest point in the paint average in program history came during the 1995-96 Southwest Conference championship season, when Tech averaged 34.3 points per game inside. The second top total came one season later in 1996-97, when Texas Tech averaged 34.2 points per game inside. Through the first 15 games of the 1995-96 season, Texas Tech recorded 596 points (39.7), while the Red Raiders notched 567 points (37.8) through the first 15 games of the 1996-97 season.
IT TAKES TWO TO MAKE THINGS GO RIGHT
Texas Tech is the 12th most prolific scoring team from two-point range this season. The Red Raiders offense nets 60.3 percent of its points off of two-point field goals, while adding 19.6 percent of its offense from 3-pointers and 20.1 percent of its offense from free throws. In all, Texas Tech is 336 of 633 from two-point range (53.1 percent) and provide 44.8 points per game. The Red Raiders have converted 19.6 percent of its offense from beyond the arc. It is the 12th lowest percentage among teams from the Power Conferences, just ahead of Pittsburgh (19.5), USC (19.4), Mississippi State (18.6), Marquette (18.3), Georgia (17.7), North Carolina State (17.7), Kentucky (17.7), Florida State (17.6), Memphis (17.5), South Florida (15.1) and North Carolina (13.6).
BLOCK PARTY AT THE USA
The Red Raiders tied the school record with 12 blocks against Texas Southern. It equaled the mark set on Dec. 22, 1998, versus Pepperdine at the Pearl Harbor Shootout in Laie, Hawai'i. Kader Tapsoba led the way with four blocks, while Dejan Kravic and Jordan Tolbert each had two and Robert Turner, Jaye Crockett, Randy Onwuasor and Aaron Ross each had one. Last season, Texas Tech averaged 3.1 blocks per game, but has increased that number to 4.2 per game through 15 games this season.
SPREADING THE MINUTES
Texas Tech has 10 players averaging double-digit minutes this season, led by Robert Turner's 27.9 minutes per game. In all, five players are averaging more than 20 minutes per game - Turner, Crockett (27.2), Jordan Tolbert (27.1), Toddrick Gotcher (23.1) and Dusty Hannahs (20.6). The Red Raiders are also receiving double-digit minutes from Dejan Kravic (18.9), Aaron Ross (13.3), Jamal Williams, Jr. (12.6), Randy Onwuasor (12.3) and Kader Tapsoba (12.2).
IMPROVING FROM THE LINE
Texas Tech has seen a drastic improvement at the free throw line over the last 11 games, converting from better than 70 percent from the line for a school-record 11 consecutive games. The previous best mark was a 10-game streak during the 2006-07 season. The Red Raiders have hit over 70 percent against South Dakota State (86.7), Pittsburgh (76.9), Houston (81.8), UTSA (71.0), Arizona (78.9), Central Arkansas (75.0), LSU (79.5), Arizona State (81.5), Mount St. Mary's (85.7), Iowa State (75.0) and West Virginia (84.6). Prior to the South Dakota State game, Texas Tech was converting 59.3 percent from the line. Since then, the Red Raiders have converted 79.4 percent from the charity stripe. For the season, Texas Tech has raised its average to 75.4 percent, which ranks first in the Big 12 and 20th nationally. The Red Raiders' 75.4 percent from the line is the second-best mark in program history. The best free throw shooting team was during the 2004-05 season, when the Red Raiders converted 526 of 696 attempts for 75.6 percent. Ironically, last season the Red Raiders were the 15th worst free throw shooting team in program history, converting 66.7 percent from the line.
A POSITIVE RATIO
Entering the 2013-14 season, Texas Tech only had a positive assist to turnover ratio 12 times over the previous two seasons (62 games). In the debut of the Tubby Smith edition of the Red Raiders, Texas Tech had 12 assists and just 10 turnovers. It is the first positive ratio since the Red Raiders had 15 assists and 11 turnovers against TCU on March 2, 2013. Texas Tech then answered that with a 19-assist, 10-turnover performance on Nov. 11 against Northern Arizona. The last time Texas Tech had back-to-back games of 10 or fewer turnovers in a game came at Baylor (9, 02/16/10) and at home against Texas (7, 2/20/10) - a span of 102 games. Texas Tech added a fifth positive effort against Central Arkansas with 17 assists and 14 turnovers and a sixth game against Mount St. Mary's with 20 assists and 14 turnovers. Texas Tech had 13 assists and 13 turnovers against Iowa State. It is third time this season that Red Raiders have had the same number of assists as turnovers. Texas Tech added 17 assists and 14 turnovers assists against West Virginia, for the seventh positive assist-to-turnover ratio of the season. In all this season, Texas Tech has had a positive or even assist-to-turnover ratio in 10 of 15 games. For the season, Texas Tech has 191 assists and 182 turnovers. Texas Tech has committed fewer turnovers than its opponent in 11 of 15 games this season. Last season, Texas Tech had fewer turnovers than its opponent only seven times all season.
STRUGGLING FROM DEEP
Texas Tech has struggled from the 3-point line this season, converting just 73 of 229 attempts (31.9 percent) from deep. Only four players are currently shooting better than 30 percent from beyond the arc -- Aaron Ross (8-17, 47.1%), Toddrick Gotcher (15-36, 41.7%), Dusty Hannahs (20-56, 35.7%) and Jaye Crockett (8-26) 30.8%). The four have combined for 53 of 135 (39.3%), while the rest of the team is 20 of 94 (21.3%). The 31.9 percent from the field is the fifth lowest total for a Red Raider team in program history. The one arbitration to the trend is when Texas Tech drained 12 3-pointers on Nov. 11 against Northern Arizona on 22 attempts. It is the eighth top total in program history and the most since netting 12 treys against Georgia Southern on Nov. 23, 2010. Five different Red Raiders converted a 3-point attempt against NAU, while Robert Turner connected on 5 of 6 and Dusty Hannahs hit 4 of 7 attempts.
Texas Tech has recorded two games this season with 19 or more assists this season. The Red Raiders had 19 assists against Northern Arizona on Nov. 11. It is the most assists against an opponent since dishing out 19 at TCU on Dec. 6, 2011 - a span of 53 games. In all, nine different players dished out an assist on the night. Texas Tech dished out 20 assists against Mount St. Mary's, which is the highest assist total for the Red Raiders since Jan. 27, 2011, when Texas Tech notched 27 assists against Iowa State. This season, Texas Tech has had 10 games with double digit assist performances. For the season, Tubby Smith's Red Raiders have raised the assists per game from 11.0 to 12.7, while decreasing the turnovers from 14.7 to 12.1 in just one season.
TWO SHOOTING FOR AVERAGE
Senior Jaye Crockett and junior Jordan Tolbert are lighting it up from the field, as Crockett is first in field goal percentage in the Big 12 and Tolbert is second. Crockett is converting a league-best 59.5 percent (89-149), while Tolbert is hitting 59.5 percent of his shots and has converted 75-126 from the field. Crockett's 59.7 percent from the field is the best by a Red Raider since Darvin Ham converted 62.4 percent from the field during the 1993-94 season, while Tolbert's 59.5 percent is tied for the ninth top single-season mark in Texas Tech history. For their careers, Tolbert has converted 54.5 percent from the field, while Crockett has made 51.1 percent of his shots. Tolbert's career average ranks third all-time at Texas Tech, while Crockett ranks eighth.
CHECKING IN WITH TOLBERT
Jordan Tolbert began the 2013-14 season with a 16-point, 12 rebound performance against Houston Baptist and has since added a total of 12 double-digit scoring efforts this season and three double-doubles. Through 15 games, he is averaging 12.9 points and 7.0 rebounds, while shooting 59.5 percent from the field. Tolbert also eclipsed the 800-point mark against Arizona State and the 700-point plateau against Alabama and the 400-rebound mark against UTSA. Tolbert now ranks third at Texas Tech in career field goal percentage at 54.5 percent behind Red Raider greats Will Flemons (59.8) and Rick Bullock (56.5). Tolbert converted 17 consecutive free throws at one point, raising his season free throw percentage to 79.2 percent (38-48). Tolbert is a career 66.8 percent free throw shooter. The junior from Fort Worth is second in the Big 12 in field goal percentage at 59.5 percent. Tolbert's 59.5 percent from the field is the ninth top total in program history. His 7.0 rebounds per game average is the highest average by a Red Raider since Andy Ellis averaged 7.0 rebounds per game during the 2001-02 season. Through 77 career games, Tolbert has recorded 856 points, 451 rebounds, 63 blocks, 47 assists and 47 steals.
CROCKETT CLOSES IN ON 1,000 POINTS
After notching 15 points against West Virginia and recording his 15th career double-double against Iowa State with 20 points and 11 rebounds, Jaye Crockett is closing in on some personal milestones and climbing the Red Raiders career charts. He eclipsed 800 career points on Nov. 11 against Northern Arizona, surpassed 900 against UTSA and currently has 998 points and now needs just two points to become the 36th member of the 1,000-point club at Tech. He joined the 500-rebound club against South Dakota State. He now has 567 career rebounds. If he reaches 1,000 points and 500 rebounds, he would become the 17th Red Raider to complete the feat. Crockett has 89 career steals and ranks 20th on the all-time list at Texas Tech. He also has 90 career assists and 59 career blocks. If he were to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 assists and 100 steals, he would be the sixth Red Raider to reach the milestone. Crockett is currently shooting a career-best 59.7 percent, which ranks as the eighth best single-season effort at Texas Tech. For his career, Crockett is shooting 51.1 percent from the field, which ranks eighth as well.
CHARTING THE BLOCKS
Junior Jordan Tolbert and senior Jaye Crockett have climbed into the Texas Tech leaders for blocks. Tolbert currently has 63 career blocks which ranks 11th all-time at Tech, while Crockett has 59, which is the 17th top total. Tolbert is currently averaging 1.2 blocks per game this season, which is the 12th best single-season mark in program annals.
KRAVIC FINDING GROOVE
Dejan Kravic has come into his own of late, after recovering from a series of injuries. Over the last six games, Kravic is averaging 9.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. He recorded his second career double-double against Arizona State on Dec. 21, as the senior recorded 12 points and 11 rebounds. It was his first double-double since a 16-point, 11-board effort against TCU last season. Through the first nine games, Kravic was averaging just 4.6 points and 2.9 rebounds. His recent efforts have raised his season average to 6.5 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.
TAPSOBA RECORDS CAREER HIGH
Kader Tapsoba came off the bench against Mount St. Mary's to record a career-high 13 points in 14 minutes of action. Tapsoba was 5 of 5 from the field and 3 of 3 from the line against The Mount. This came on the heels of his previous best at Arizona on Dec. 3, when he recorded a career-high 11 points on 4 of 7 shooting and 3 of 3 from the line in 20 minutes. He followed it up against Central Arkansas, with eight points, two boards, an assist and a block. Tapsoba is averaging 3.0 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in nine games this season. He has been sidelined the last two games with an injury to his hand.
TECH COMMITS DECADE LOW FIVE TURNOVERS
Texas Tech committed just five turnovers against Texas Southern. It is the fewest turnovers in a game since Feb. 3, 2004, when the Red Raiders also committed just five turnovers in a game. That is a span of over nine and a half years between five-turnover games. It is also a span of 278 games. Current Red Raiders Randy Onwuasor and Alex Foster were in the second grade the last time Texas Tech committed five turnovers in a game.
GOTCHER EARNS STARTING ROLL
Toddrick Gotcher has become a true utility player that has earned a spot in the starting rotation. He has played the point, shooting guard and small forward positions this season. He came up big for the Red Raiders against Houston on Nov. 26, as the sophomore netted 16 points in 23 minutes off the bench. Gotcher went 3-for-6 from the field and 2-for-3 from beyond the arc, while sinking 8 of 10 free throws. He also dished out four assists, pulled down three boards and added a block and a steal. Gotcher also keyed the Red Raiders' win over Central Arkansas, as the sophomore came off the bench to record 10 points on 4 of 5 shooting, including 2 of 3 from beyond the arc. He also added a season-high five assists and no turnovers to go along with two rebounds and two season. The sophomore added another 10-point effort against Mount St. Mary's, converting 3 of 4 from the field and 2 of 3 from beyond the arc. Against West Virginia, he netted a career-high with 17 points, five assists and two boards. He has moved into the starting rotation since Dec. 18, earning five straight starts. Since then, Gotcher has averaged 8.2 points, 3.4 assists, 2.0 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. For the season, Gotcher is averaging 6.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
HANNAHS STEPS INTO SIXTH MAN POSITION
Dusty Hannahs has embraced his roll as the team's Sixth Man of late, as the sophomore is averaging 15.0 points and 2.0 rebounds, while shooting 37.5 percent from 3-point range in 33 minutes per game in Big 12 play. He ranks 16th in scoring in league games, first in free throw percentage and ninth in 3-pointers made (2.5 per game). For the seasons, Hannahs is averaging 8.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists.
HANNAHS CHASING FREE THROW MARK
Dusty Hannahs is becoming one of the best free throw shooters in Texas Tech history. The only thing from keeping him from jumping into the national leaders is because he does not meet the minimum requirement of 2.5 made free throws per game. Hannahs is averaging 1.9 per game. At his current pace, he will break Ty Nurse's mark of 90.2 percent from the line, as Hannahs has connected on 90.3 percent of his shots from the charity stripe. He has currently made 12 in a row and 27 of his last 28 free throws.
TURNER KEYS OFFENSE
Robert Turner has made an immediate impact since joining the Red Raider roster from New Mexico Junior College. Tubby Smith's first signee last May is key contributor in scoring (9.1 ppg), assists (3.2) and steals (1.1). He has scored in double figures in six times this season. He notched 12 points in the season opener against Houston Baptist and then went for 21 against Northern Arizona, when he connected on 5 of 6 3-pointers and connected on 8 of 11 from the field. Turner added 14 points, two assists, two steals and two rebounds at Alabama and added another 15 points, three boards, two assists and two steals against Texas Southern. He chipped in another 15 points against Houston and 14 against LSU. He recorded a career-best six assists against Mount St. Mary's and followed that up with seven dimes against West Virginia. Turner's 3.2 assist per game average is the highest average by a Red Raider since John Roberson averaged 4.4 assists per game during the 2010-11 season.
ROSS STEPS UP AGAIN
Freshman Aaron Ross has be a quality addition for the Red Raiders this season. Over the last three games, the native of Arkansas has averaged 7.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in 17.3 minutes off the bench. He has reached double figures three times this season, notching a career-best 13 points in 15 minutes against UTSA, 10 points Arizona and another 10 points against Mount St. Mary's. He has the ability to play both inside and out and is hit 47.1 percent from 3-point range (8-17). The former ESPN Top 100 player is averaging 5.5 points and 2.7 rebounds this season.
RED RAIDERS BOMB MOUNT ST. MARY'S
Texas Tech had its best shooting performance in more than a decade against Mount St. Mary's, as the Red Raiders shot 63.3 percent from the field against the Mount. Texas Tech converted 38 of 60 shots on Dec. 30. The 63.3 percent is the highest field goal percentage by a Red Raider team since hitting 34 of 53 shots (64.2 percent) at Iowa State on Feb. 10, 2003. It is also the 16th best performance in program history.
FRESHMEN BREAKOUT AGAINST UTSA
Freshmen Randy Onwuasor, Aaron Ross and Alex Foster came off the bench to have big performances against UTSA on Nov. 29. Onwuasor hit 6 of 7 from the field for a career-high 15 points in 16 minutes. He also had four rebounds and assist and a steal. Aaron Ross had a career-high 13 points in 15 minutes, after converting 3 of 5 from the field, including 1 of 1 beyond the arc, and 6 of 8 from the line. Ross entered Friday's game never having scored more than six points in a contest. Alex Foster had a career best nine points as well, as he connected on 4 of 6 from the field and converted 1 of 1 from the line in 11 minutes.
THE TIES THAT BIND
Texas Tech's Clark Lammert and Texas' Connor Lammert will go head-to-head for the second time. The brothers from San Antonio Churchill High School are facing off for the second straight season. Clark had four rebounds in limited action the last time Texas Tech played in Austin. He did not play in the game in Lubbock. Connor had five points and five rebounds in Austin and two points and six rebounds in Lubbock.
Texas Tech currently has two international players on its roster - seniors Dejan Kravic (London, Ontario, Canada) and Kader Tapsoba (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Africa). They are two of 13 international players competing in the Big 12 and among the 496 international players competing in NCAA Division I. The Big 12 has an international flavor at nine schools, including Baylor (2), Iowa State (2), Kansas (2), Kansas State (1), Oklahoma (1), Oklahoma State (1), TCU (1) and West Virginia (1). Kravic is one of 82 Canadians competing in Division I and one of 54 from the province of Ontario. Tapsoba is the only player in Division I from Burkina Faso and one of 98 players from the continent of Africa. Texas Tech has had an international player on its roster for six of the last seven seasons.