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Texas Tech Looks To Snap Skid Against No. 12 Baylor





January 15, 2014

Texas Tech vs. Baylor | Texas Tech Notes | Baylor Notes | Big 12 Notes

Date/Time: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 / 8:00 p.m. CT
Location: Lubbock, Texas (United Spirit Arena /15,098)
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network from Learfield Sports
     Brian Hanni (Play-By-Play) & Chris Level (Analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius (91) / XM (91) -- Texas Tech Broadcast
Television: ESPNU -- Clay Matvick (Play-by-Play), Darrin Horn (Analyst)
Channel: Lubbock -- Suddenlink (503), AT&T U-Verse (605), Direct TV (208), Dish (141)
On The Web: Live in-game statistics and other coverage can be found at www.texastech.com
Live Stats: http://www.texastechstats.com/
Rankings: Texas Tech: (RPI: 134) --/--. Baylor: (RPI: 17) / #12 (AP) / #13 (Coaches).
Head Coaches: Texas Tech: Tubby Smith (Career: 519-234 in 23 seasons; at Texas Tech: 8-8 in first season).
Baylor: Scott Drew (Career: 210-146 in 12 seasons; at Baylor: 190-135 in 11 seasons).
Against BU: Texas Tech leads the series, 76-50. Tubby Smith is 0-2 all-time against Baylor (0-2 at Tulsa).

The Last Meeting
Texas Tech48
Baylor75
February 9, 2013
Waco, Texas
Texas Tech Falls to Baylor, 75-48
Cory Jefferson scored six of his 15 points in Baylor's big game-turning run and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Bears snapped a three-game losing streak with a 75-48 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday.


RED RAIDERS LOOK TO SNAP STREAK AGAINST BAYLOR
Tubby Smith and Texas Tech (8-8, 0-3) will look to snap a 34-game losing streak to ranked opponents when the Red Raiders host No. 12/13 Baylor (13-2, 1-1) from United Spirit Arena on Wednesday on ESPNU at 8 p.m. Texas Tech is 4-41 against ranked opponents since Bob Knight retired on Feb. 4, 2008, but the Red Raiders have not defeated a ranked team since knocking off No. 10 Washington, 99-92, in overtime at the USA. This is the sixth time during the losing streak that the Bears have been ranked. Last year, Baylor upended Tech, 82-48 in Lubbock and then dropped the Red Raiders, 75-48 in Waco. Smith was 6-6 against ranked opponents last season at Minnesota.

SMITH & DREW MEET FOR FIRST TIME
Tubby Smith and Scott Drew are meeting for the first time as head coaches, but Smith's Kentucky Wildcats faced Scott's father, Homer, and the Valparaiso Crusaders in the 2002 NCAA Tournament in St. Louis, Mo. Scott was an assistant on that Valparaiso squad. The Wildcats won, 83-68. Smith is 0-2 against Baylor. He played the Bears twice (1992 and 1993) while the head coach of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane.

CROCKETT AND TOLBERT KEEP CLIMBING
Senior Jay Crockett is the newest member of the 1,000-Point Club and 500-Rebound Club and junior Jordan Tolbert is on pace to join him. 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 1,017 points and 572 rebounds, while Tolbert has 862 points and 454 rebounds.

TEXAS TECH AGAINST THE RPI
For Texas Tech, Wednesday's game marks the fifth game this season against an RPI Top 50 team. The Red Raiders are 0-4 against the RPI Top 50 after falling to current AP No. 22 Pittsburgh (76-53), No. 1 Arizona (79-58), No. 8 Iowa State (73-62) and Texas (67-64). In all, Tech is 0-7 against the RPI Top 100 this season after losses to LSU (71-69), Arizona State (76-62) and West Virginia (89-86, OT). Texas Tech is 4-40 against the RPI Top 100 since 2010. Baylor enters the game ranked No. 16 in the RPI. The Red Raiders have lost 29 straight to RPI Top 25 teams. The last Texas Tech win against an RPI Top 25 teams was against then RPI No. 11 Kansas on March 4, 2009.

A LOOK AT THE SERIES
From 1937 to 2005, Texas Tech dominated the series with Baylor, holding a commanding 72-38 series lead. But since 2006, the Bears have won 12 of the last 16, including four straight. Baylor is 5-0 when facing Texas Tech ranked in the Top 25. Baylor enters the game Wednesday ranked No. 12 in the Associated Press Top 25.

SNAPPING A STREAK
Texas Tech is looking to snap a 34-game losing streak to teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, including 17 straight at the United Spirit Arena. This marks the fifth time the Red Raiders will face the Bears during the streak as a ranked opponent. During the streak, Texas Tech has lost by an average of 19.9 points per game. The last time the Red Raiders upended a ranked opponent was on Dec. 3, 2009, when Texas Tech topped then No. 10 Washington, 99-92, in overtime at United Spirit Arena. Since Bob Knight retired on Feb. 4, 2008, Texas Tech has gone 4-41 against ranked opponents under four different head coaches.

1,000 POINTS AND COUNTING
Texas Tech senior Jaye Crockett became 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 Baylor with 1017 points, 572 rebounds, 91 assists, 90 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).

SPREADING THE MINUTES
Texas Tech has 10 players averaging double-digit minutes this season, led by Robert Turner's 28.4 minutes per game. In all, five players are averaging more than 20 minutes per game - Turner, Crockett (27.6), Jordan Tolbert (27.0), Toddrick Gotcher (23.8) and Dusty Hannahs (21.4). The Red Raiders are also receiving double-digit minutes from Dejan Kravic (18.4), Aaron Ross (13.1), Jamal Williams, Jr. (12.3), Randy Onwuasor (11.7) and Kader Tapsoba (11.4). In Big 12 games, Hannahs
(33.0), Gotcher (33.0), Turner (32.3) and Tolbert (31.7) are all averaging

BALANCED SCORING
Texas Tech has two players averaging 10 points or more per game through 16 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 14.4 points and 6.3 rebounds, while shooting a Big 12-best 57.9 percent from the field. Junior Jordan Tolbert adds 12.4 points and 6.8 rebounds and would lead the Big 12 in field goal percentage at 59.5 percent, but he does not have enough attempts. Junior college transfer Robert Turner chips in 9.7 points and 3.1 assists per game. Dusty Hannahs (8.1 ppg), Toddrick Gotcher (6.4 ppg) Dejan Kravic (6.4 ppg) and Aaron Ross (5.4 ppg) are also key contributors for the Red Raiders. In all, Texas Tech is averaging 73.7 points per game. In three Big 12 games, Crockett is averaging 18.0 points and 6.7 rebounds, while Hannahs adds 12.7 points and Tolbert chips in 11.7 points.

THE BOARD SITUATION
Texas Tech has won the battle of the boards in 11 of 16 games this season, including nine of the last 11 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 34.7 rebounds per game and has a rebounding margin of +3.9 through 16 games this season.

POINTS IN THE PAINT
Texas Tech is in uncharted territory when it comes to scoring inside. The Red Raiders have netted 599 points in the paint through the first 16 games, averaging a school record 37.4 points per game inside. In eight of the 16 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. On Jan. 11, Texas held Tech to a season-low 22 points in the paint. 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 (37.3), while the Red Raiders notched 599 points (37.4) through the first 16 games of the 1996-97 season. The Red Raiders are on pace to match or beat both marks.

 IMPROVING FROM THE LINE
Texas Tech's run of 11 consecutive games shooting 70 percent or better from the free throw line came to an end at Texas on Jan. 11, as the Red Raiders converted just 69.5 percent from the charity stripe. The 11 consecutive games over 70 percent was a school record. 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 75.0 percent, which ranks first in the Big 12 and 20th nationally. The Red Raiders' 75.0 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.

 


 

 

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