Jaye Crockett and the Red Raiders head to Fort Worth to face TCU on Saturday at 5 p.m.
January 17, 2014
Texas Tech vs. TCU | Texas Tech Notes | TCU Notes | Big 12 Notes
||Saturday, January 18, 2014 / 5:00 p.m. CT
||Fort Worth, Texas (Daniel Meyer Coliseum / 7,200)
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||Texas Tech: (RPI: 109) / —/—. TCU: (RPI: 165) / —/—.
||Texas Tech: Tubby Smith (Career: 520-234 in 23 seasons; at Texas Tech: 9-8 in first season).
TCU: Trent Johnson (Career: 246-213 in 15 seasons; at TCU: 20-28 in two seasons).
||Texas Tech leads the series, 74-47. Tubby Smith is 2-1 all-time against TCU (2-1 at Tulsa).
RED RAIDERS LOOK TO SNAP ROAD SKID AT TCU
Coming off of an impressive upset win over No. 12 Baylor, Texas Tech (9-8, 1-3) now look to snap a 12-game road losing streak when the Red Raiders take the floor at the Daniel Meyer Coliseum on Saturday at 5 p.m. against Big 12 rival TCU. The Red Raiders and Horned Frogs first met in Fort Worth in 1932. Saturday’s matchup is 122nd between the two schools. Last season, Texas Tech swept the series with TCU after losing the two previous meetings to the Horned Frogs. The Red Raiders lead the all-time series, 74-47, but its just 9-8 in favor of Texas Tech since the Southwest Conference disbanded in 1996. Texas Tech and TCU were conference mates in the SWC from 1957-96. The Horned Frogs joined the Big 12 last season, reuniting TCU with former rivals Tech, Texas and Baylor.
SMITH & JOHNSON MEET FOR FIRST TIME
Tubby Smith and Trent Johnson are meeting for the first time as head coaches, but Smith is 2-1 against TCU as the head coach of Tulsa, while Johnson is 2-3 against Texas Tech (0-1 at Nevada, 2-0 at Stanford and 0-2 at TCU). Johnson is currently coaching at his fourth school since 1999.
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 1,036 points and 576 rebounds, while Tolbert has 873 points and 459 rebounds.
TEXAS TECH IN SEARCH OF BACK-TO-BACK WINS
With its 82-72 upset of No. 12 Baylor, Texas Tech now sets its sights on winning back-to-back Big 12 Conference games for the first time since February, 2011, when the Red Raiders won three straight league games against Nebraska (72-71), at Iowa State (92-83) and Oklahoma State (75-74 OT). If the Red Raiders are able to pull out the road win, it would mark the first time in 90 games (50 Big 12 games) that Texas Tech has won back-to-back league games. It would also snap a 12-game road losing streak, which dates back to Jan. 5, 2013 at TCU. The Red Raiders have won three of the last four meetings in Fort Worth and six of the last nine meetings against TCU overall.
A LOOK AT THE SERIES
The two schools first met on Jan. 23, 1932, in Fort Worth, where the Horned Frogs won, 30-19. Since that time, the two schools have played a total of 121 times, including twice a year as members of the Southwest Conference (1957-96). The Red Raiders hold a commanding 74-47 lead in the series. Since the breakup of the Southwest Conference, Texas Tech and TCU have been fairly even in the series, with the Red Raiders holding a 9-8 advantage. TCU is in its second year in the Big 12, last season, the Red Raiders swept the series.
SNAPPING A STREAK
Texas Tech snapped a 34-game losing streak to teams ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, including 17 straight at the United Spirit Arena, with its 82-72 win over No. 12 Baylor on Wednesday. Before Wednesday, 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 5-41 against ranked opponents under four different head coaches. Texas Tech also erased a 29-game losing streak to RPI Top 25 teams. Prior to Wednesday, the last time Texas Tech had defeated an RPI Top 25 squad was a win over RPI No. 11 Kansas on March 4, 2009.
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. After netting 19 points against Baylor, Crockett moved into 33rd on the all-time scoring list. Crockett enters the game against TCU with 1036 points, 576 rebounds, 93 assists, 90 steals and 60 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 28.6 minutes per game. In all, five players are averaging more than 20 minutes per game – Turner, Crockett (28.0), Jordan Tolbert (26.9), Toddrick Gotcher (24.6) and Dusty Hannahs (21.2). The Red Raiders are also receiving double-digit minutes from Dejan Kravic (19.6), Aaron Ross (12.6), Jamal Williams, Jr. (12.3), Randy Onwuasor (11.5) and Kader Tapsoba (11.4). In Big 12 games, Gotcher (34.0), Turner (32.0), Crockett (30.8) and Tolbert (30.0) are all averaging more than 30 minutes per game. Gotcher ranks eighth in the league in minutes in league games.
Since the start of Big 12 play, Texas Tech has had balanced point distribution. Jaye Crockett leads the way with 18.3 points per game, while Jordan Tolbert adds 11.5 points and Dusty comes off the bench for 10.0 points per game. Robert Turner adds 9.5 points, while Toddrick Gotcher chips in 9.0 points per game and Dejan Kravic adds another 7.0 points. In four league games, Texas Tech is shooting 48.1 percent from the field, while hitting for 35.7 percent from beyond the arc. The Red Raiders lead the league in free throw shooting at 75.6 percent per outing
THE BOARD SITUATION
Texas Tech has won the battle of the boards in 12 of 17 games this season, including 10 of the last 12 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), West Virginia, 35-26 (+9), and Baylor, 35-29 (+6). For the season, Texas Tech is averaging 34.3 rebounds per game and has a rebounding margin of +4.1 through 17 games this season.
POINTS IN THE PAINT
Texas Tech is in uncharted territory when it comes to scoring inside. The Red Raiders have netted 637 points in the paint through the first 17 games, averaging a school record 37.5 points per game inside. In eight of the 17 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 17 games of the 1995-96 season, Texas Tech recorded 662 points (37.3), while the Red Raiders notched 623 points (37.4) through the first 17 games of the 1996-97 season. The Red Raiders are on pace to match or beat both marks.
STRUGGLING FROM DEEP
Texas Tech has had its struggles from the 3-point line this season. During the non-conference portion of the schedule, The Red Raiders converted just 59 of 188 attempts from deep (31.4 percent). The Red Raiders have shot 35.7 percent by hitting 25 of 70 treys through the first four Big 12 games. Currently, Texas Tech is shooting 32.6 percent from 3-point range for the season. It rates as the fifth lowest shooting percentage from beyond the arc in program history. The one aberration to the trend is when Texas Tech drained 12 3-pointers on Nov. 11 against Northern Arizona on 22 attempts.
WHAT DAY IS IT?
Texas Tech has nine wins this season, including three on Monday (3-2) and two on Friday (2-0) and at least one on every day but one. The Red Raiders have not won on Saturday (0-3) this season. Texas Tech has eight games left on Saturday this season. Last year, the Red Raiders were 2-11 in Saturday games.
IN SEARCH OF A ROAD WIN
The Red Raiders are 0-4 in true road games this season and 1-5 in games played outside the confines of the United Spirit Arena. But if Texas Tech is going to have any success this season, the Red Raiders will have to pick up a win on the road, but that is no easy task in the Big 12. The home team has won 65.6 percent of the time over the last three seasons. Texas Tech has 3-23 in Big 12 road games over the last three years and 4-28 overall. Texas Tech’s only road win of the season last year came at the Daniel Meyer Coliseum, as the Red Raiders topped TCU, 62-53. The Red Raiders have lost 12 straight since that win last January.
IMPROVING FROM THE LINE
The Red Raiders rebounded at the free throw line against Baylor on Wednesday, converting 72.4 percent against the Bears (21 of 29). 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’ 74.8 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.
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 16 games this season.
Texas Tech has recorded three games this season with 17 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. The Red Raiders then added a 17-assist performance against West Virginia. 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 58.0 percent (102-176), while Tolbert is hitting 59.5 percent of his shots and has converted 81 of 136 from the field. But Tolbert does not meet the minimum league and national requirement of 5.0 made field goals per game. Tolbert is averaging 4.9. Tolbert’s 59.6 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. For their careers, Tolbert has converted 54.6 percent from the field, while Crockett has made 51.0 percent of his shots. Tolbert’s career average ranks third all-time at Texas Tech, while Crockett ranks ninth.
IT TAKES TWO TO MAKE THINGS GO RIGHT
Texas Tech is the 16th most prolific scoring team from two-point range this season. The Red Raiders offense nets 59.3 percent of its points off of two-point field goals, while adding 20.0 percent of its offense from 3-pointers and 20.7 percent of its offense from free throws. In all, Texas Tech is 374 of 699 from two-point range (53.5 percent) and provide 44.0 points per game. The Red Raiders have converted 20.0 percent of its offense from beyond the arc. It is the 14th lowest percentage among teams from the Power Conferences, just ahead of Texas (19.9), Marquette (19.6), SMU (19.1), St. John’s (18.7), Pittsburgh (18.7), USC (18.7), Mississippi State (18.2), Memphis (18.2), Kentucky (18.1), Georgia (18.1), North Carolina State (17.0), South Florida (15.6) and North Carolina (13.6). The national average is 51.3 percent from 2-point range, 26.4 percent from 3-point range and 22.3 percent from the free throw line. The Red Raiders rank 24th in free throw percentage, 23rd in 2-point field goal percentage and 225th from 3-point range.
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 13 double-digit scoring efforts this season and three double-doubles. Through 17 games, he is averaging 12.4 points and 6.6 rebounds, while shooting 59.6 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 54.6 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 76.8 percent (43-56). Tolbert is a career 66.7 percent free throw shooter. Tolbert’s 59.6 percent from the field is the eighth top total in program history. His 6.6 rebounds per game average is the highest average by a Red Raider since Mike Singletary averaged 6.8 rebounds per game during the 2009-10 season. Through 79 career games, Tolbert has recorded 873 points, 459 rebounds, 64 blocks, 48 assists and 47 steals. He is now 127 points away from becoming the 37th member of the 1,000-Point Club at Texas Tech. He is on pace to reach the plateau on Feb. 22 at Oklahoma State.
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. Texas Tech added 17 assists and 14 turnovers assists against West Virginia, for the seventh positive assist-to-turnover ratio of the season. Then added 12 assists and 12 turnovers against Texas. It is fourth time this season that Red Raiders have had the same number of assists as turnovers. Against Baylor, Tech had 15 assists and nine turnovers, marking the eighth positive ratio this season. In all this season, Texas Tech has had a positive or even assist-to-turnover ratio in 12 of 17 games. For the season, Texas Tech has 218 assists and 203 turnovers. Texas Tech has committed fewer turnovers than its opponent in 12 of 17 games this season. Last season, Texas Tech had fewer turnovers than its opponent only seven times all season.
CHARTING THE BLOCKS
Junior Jordan Tolbert and seniors Jaye Crockett and Dejan Kravic have climbed into the Texas Tech leaders for blocks. Tolbert currently has 64 career blocks which ranks 11th all-time at Tech, while Crockett has 60, which is the 16th top total, and Kravic’s 57 is the 18th best mark. Tolbert is currently averaging 1.12 blocks per game this season, which is the 14th 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 eight games, Kravic is averaging 9.4 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, while shooting 53.4 percent from the field. 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. Kravic also keyed Texas Tech upset of No. 12 Baylor with 14 points, nine boards and six assists. 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 6.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game.
CROCKETT JOINS ELITE LIST
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 reached 1,000 points on Jan. 11 at Texas to become the 36th member of the 1,000-point club at Tech. Crockett climbed to 33rd on the scoring list after a 19-point performance against Baylor. He joined the 500-rebound club against South Dakota State. He now has 576 career rebounds. He is the 17th member of the 1,000-500 Club and looks to become the sixth Red Raider to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 assists and 100 steals, he would be the sixth Red Raider to reach the milestone. Crockett has 1,036 points, 572 rebounds, 93 assists, 90 steals and 60 blocks. He ranks ninth in career field goal percentage (51.0), 16th in career blocks (59) and 20th in career steals (90).
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 2.8 points and 1.1 rebounds in 14 games this season. He was sidelined for 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. Gotcher then equaled his career best with 17 points against Baylor. He has moved into the starting rotation since Dec. 18, earning eight straight starts. Since then, Gotcher has averaged 8.3 points, 3.0 assists and 2.7 rebounds. For the season, Gotcher is averaging 7.0 points, 2.6 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 10.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists, while shooting 33.3 percent from 3-point range in 29.3 minutes per game in Big 12 play. Hannahs picked up his ninth start of the season against Texas, after coming off the bench for five straight games. He returned to his role as Sixth Man against Baylor. For the season, Hannahs is averaging 7.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists.
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 (9.9 ppg), assists (3.1) and steals (1.2). He has scored in double figures eight 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 and 19 points on the road at Texas. Turner keyed Tech’s 82-72 victory over No. 12 Baylor with 14 points, five rebounds, three assists and one turnover. Turner’s 3.1 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. 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 4.9 points and 2.6 rebounds this season.
HANNAHS CHASING FREE THROW MARK
Dusty Hannahs is becoming one of the best free throw shooters in Texas Tech history. The only thing 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 90.9 percent of his shots from the charity stripe. He has currently made 14 in a row and 29 of his last 30 free throws.
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.
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.
HOT-SHOOTING RED RAIDERS GO OFF ON BAYLOR
Texas Tech shot 57.1 percent against Baylor, connecting on 28 of 49 from the field on Wednesday. It is the highest field goal percentage in a Big 12 game since shooting 62.2 percent on March 2, 2013, against TCU. Prior to that, you have to go back to Feb. 20, 2008, to find the last time a Tech team shot 57 percent or better in a conference game. In that game, The Red Raiders converted 34 of 55 shots at Colorado (61.8 percent).
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.