Jan. 24, 2001
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Texas Tech head coach James Dickey carries a 165-113 career record into Columbia and is coming off the heels of a 88-71 loss to Colorado. Dickey is in his tenth season at Texas Tech and tenth as a collegiate head coach. He previously served as an assistant under current Oklahoma State head coach Eddie Sutton at Arkansas and Kentucky.
Quin Snyder is in his second season at Missouri. He has led the Tigers to a 30-18 mark in his first collegiate head coaching stop. Snyder also led the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament last season.
The Red Raiders fell to 8-8 overall and 2-3 in Big 12 play following Saturday's 88-71 loss to Colorado in Lubbock.
Missouri dropped to 12-5 overall with last Saturday's loss at 13th-ranked Virginia. The Tigers are currently 3-1 in league play with a Wednesday night game at Nebraska.
TIGERS HAVE WON THREE-STRAIGHT IN SERIES WITH RED RAIDERS
Texas Tech and Missouri have faced each other five times in Big 12 play with the Tigers holding a 3-2 edge. Overall, Missouri leads Texas Tech 5-3, dating back to the first game during the 1955-56 season.
The Red Raiders won the first two Big 12 meetings in 1997 and 1998, but have dropped the last three. The Tigers handed the Red Raiders a 86-76 loss in Lubbock last season and ended Tech's season in the first round of the Big 12 tournament with a 80-47 setback.
MISSOURI ON TWO-GAME SKID
For the first time this season, the Tigers have dropped back-to-back games. Missouri lost a 80-59 decision at Kansas State last week and fell 85-72 at 13th-ranked Virginia last Saturday.
In Big 12 play, the Tigers have wins against Nebraska (68-66), Colorado (82-76) and then-No. 18 Iowa State (112-109 [4ot]). Mizzou's lone league loss was at Kansas State.
TECH LEADERS VS. MISSOURI
Andy Ellis scored six points at Missouri two years ago in his only action against the Tigers and leads the team with 6.0 points per game. Cliff Owens follows with 5.7 points in three games, while Johnny Phillips and Jayson Mitchell average 4.8 and 4.7 points, respectively. Ronald Hobbs is averaging 4.5 in two games.
LEADING THE TIGERS
Missouri scoring leader Kareem Rush also leads the Big 12 with 21.6 points per game, while Clarence Gilbert is averaging 3.1 made threes per game. Gilbert is second on the team with 18.1 points per game, followed by Arthur Johnson's 10.2 points. Johnson also leads the team with 8.2 boards per game, 10.5 in Big 12 games.
The Tigers are trailing opponents in the first half on the season (571-568), but are dominating the second half. Following intermission, Missouri is averaging 42.3 points, while holding the opposition to 36.1.
LAST YEAR VS. MISSOURI
Texas Tech took a seven-point lead with six minutes remaining in the game, but didn't score again and yielded a 17-0 run to the Tigers to close the game. Missouri won the game 86-76 in Lubbock.
Rayford Young Tech with 26 points, followed by James Ware's 17 and Mario Layne's 16. Kareem Rush led all scorers and Missouri with 31 points, including knocking down 7-of-9 three-pointers.
In last season's second meeting, Missouri ousted the Red Raiders from the first round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament with a 80-47 win in Kansas City.
Ware and Young led the Red Raiders with 17 and 14 points. Clarence Gilbert paced Missouri with 26 points.
TEXAS TECH TRAVELS TO MISSOURI, LOOKS TO SNAP LOSING SKID
Texas Tech enters Saturday's game at Missouri hoping to snap a three-game losing skid to the Tigers. Tip-off is set for 12:45 p.m. at the Hearnes Center in Columbia, Mo. The game will be televised on ESPN Regional (Channels 10/34 in Lubbock).
The Red Raiders dropped two decisions last season, including a 86-76 setback to the Tigers in Lubbock. Tech led Mizzou by seven with six minutes remaining, but failed to convert a basket for the remainder of the game. The Tigers took advantage of Tech's cold spell and went on a 17-0 run to close and win the game.
In the first round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament, the Tigers ran away with a 80-47 win and ended the Red Raiders' season.
Prior to last season, the series was tied at three games apiece with Tech holding a 2-1 advantage in Big 12 play. The Red Raiders lead the series 2-1 in Lubbock, but trail 2-1 in Columbia and 2-0 on neutral courts.
A TEXAS TECH WIN WOULD...Improve Tech's record to 9-8 overall and 3-3 in league play.
Snap a three-game losing streak to the Tigers.
Give Tech its first win over Missouri since a 80-60 victory over the Tigers during the 1997-98 season in Lubbock.
Keep the Red Raiders above .500. Texas Tech has not fallen below .500 this season.
Up James Dickey's career coaching record to 166-113.
Improve Tech's all-time record to 1,100-830.
A TEXAS TECH LOSS WOULD... Drop Tech below .500 for the first time this season.
Move Missouri's win streak in the series with four games.
Mark the first back-to-back losses for the Red Raiders since losing to UTEP and Ball State in back-to-back games in December.
NOTING THE LOSS TO COLORADO The loss was the sixth-straight to the Buffaloes. Colorado remains the only team in the Big 12 Conference that Texas Tech has not beaten since the league's inception in 1996.
The Red Raiders dropped their home record to 5-5 on the season.
Freshman Rodney Bass came off the bench and posted career-highs in points (10), rebounds (4) and minutes (13). He also knocked down both three-point attempts.
Andy Ellis narrowly missed his third double-double of the season (12 points, nine boards).
Cliff Owens led the team with 13 points and three steals.
Jamal Brown also narrowly missed a double-double with nine points and nine assists. Brown also grabbed three steals.
Andre Emmett got the scoring monkey off his back and came off the bench to score 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Colorado posted a Tech opponent high with a .587 shooting percentage. The Buffaloes knocked down their first nine shots.
Texas Tech fell to 0-6 in games when out-rebounded by the opponent.
Colorado had six players in double figures.
LEADING THE RED RAIDERS
Andy Ellis leads the team with 16.6 points per game and has led the team throughout the season. Cliff Owens and Jamal Brown follow with 12.8 and 11.3 points, respectively. Owens has been the man inside, averaging 7.6 rebounds per game, while Ellis logs 6.4 boards. Brown leads the Big 12 and ranks fifth nationally with 7.4 assists per game. Brown also leads the team with 23 made three-point baskets, while Marcus Shropshire has knocked down 21 extra-point attempts and is averaging 6.4 points. Andre Emmett comes off the bench for Tech to average 7.9 points per game.
SCORING, WINNING TRENDS
Texas Tech has won only one game when allowing 80 or more points, while losing seven of those contests. The only win was a 100-98 overtime victory at Oral Roberts. The Red Raiders are 7-1 when holding the opposition under 80 points. The lone loss came on the road at Oklahoma State.
BROWN RANKS AMONG TOP FIVE
Point guard Jamal Brown not only leads the Big 12 with 7.4 assists per game, but ranks fifth in the nation. Marist's Sean Kennedy is the nation's leader in assists with 9.6 per game. Brown has posted four double-digit assist games this season. He dished out 11 in each game against UL Lafayette and UTEP. Brown handed out 10 balls against Texas A&M-CC and 10 more at TCU. In addition to his assists totals, Brown has recorded three double-doubles this season.
ELLIS TURNING IN STRONG SEASON
Center Andy Ellis leads the team with 16.3 points per game and is second on the boards with 6.4 rebounds. Ellis ranks seventh in the Big 12 in scoring. He posted back-to-back double-doubles earlier this season against UTEP and Ball State. Ellis has scored in double-figures in all but one game this season and has led the team in scoring in seven games and has four game-high honors. He also leads the team with five 20+-point games.
OWENS ON THE GLASS
Throughout his career senior forward Cliff Owens has had a knack for crashing the boards and leading Texas Tech in rebounding. Owens led the Red Raiders with 7.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore in 1997-98 and paced the team again the following season with 7.0 boards per game. After sitting out last season with an ankle injury, Owens once again leads the team on the glass. He is currently averaging 7.7 rebounds and has led the team in 11 games. Four times he has garnered game-high honors.
PHILLIPS NEARING 100 CAREER GAMES
Senior center Johnny Phillips is fast approaching 100 career games at Texas Tech. Phillips leads the team with 98 career games played. Senior forward Cliff Owens follows with 92. Tony Benford is the all-time games played leader at Tech with 121 from 1982-86.
GETTING BETTER WITH AGE
Cliff Owens and Ronald Hobbs have improved as their careers have progressed. Here's a look at the progression of the two careers:
Texas Tech is receiving an added boost this season from the bench. Tech's nonstarters are averaging 19.8 points per game ? 25.7 percent of the team total. Last season, bench scoring averaged 11.2 points per game. The Red Raiders are 5-3 on the season when the Tech bench out-scores the opposition's bench.
TECH SUCCESSFUL WHEN LEADING LATE
Texas Tech is 6-1 when leading with five minutes remaining in the game. The only loss came to UTEP after Tech held a seven-point lead with five minutes to play.
BIG 12 SATURDAYS NOT KIND TO TECH
Texas Tech has lost three-straight Saturday games, all Big 12 contests. The Red Raiders won their first three Saturday games of the season over UL Lafayette, Stephen F. Austin and Western Michigan. The last three, however, haven't some so easy -- (7) Kansas, at Oklahoma State and Colorado. Here's a breakdown of the last three weekend games:
TECH SNAPS TWO-YEAR SKID
Texas Tech's 60-59 win over No. 21 Oklahoma was the first for the Red Raiders over a ranked team since knocking off 24th-ranked Kansas 90-84 on Feb. 13, 1999. Both games were in Lubbock. The last time Tech defeated an opponent ranked higher than 21st was a 77-68 win over 11th-ranked New Mexico on Dec. 4, 1996. During that same season, the Red Raiders also defeated No. 21 Fresno State.
TECH'S STRUGGLES IN FINAL FIVE
The Red Raiders have had a problem in the final five minutes of games this season. The opposition is out-scoring Texas Tech 162-130 this season in the closing minutes. The Red Raiders led UTEP 71-64 with five minutes remaining, but lost 81-80 after yielding a 17-9 run. Tech led Oklahoma 57-50 with five minutes to play and narrowly escaped with a 60-59 win.
LEADING AT THE BREAK
Texas Tech is 6-1 on the season when leading at halftime. The lone loss came to UTEP after the Red Raiders entered the intermission period with a 46-39 advantage.
TEXAS TECH VS. THE BIG 12
Texas Tech is 202-219 all-time against members of the Big 12 Conference.
ELLIS NAMED TO PRESEASON TEAMS
Texas Tech junior center Andy Ellis has been tabbed by three college basketball publications as a preseason All-Big 12 selection.
Ellis is listed as a second-team All-Big 12 selection by The Sporting News and Athlon Sports. Street and Smith's has Ellis listed as an All-Big 12 selection along with Jamaal Tinsley (Iowa State), Kimani Ffriend (Nebraska), Drew Gooden (Kansas) and Bernard King (Texas A&M).
Ellis, who injured his hand last month, averaged 16.9 points per game and 8.9 rebounds during the 1999-00 season before dislocating his left shoulder against Nebraska in the 14th game of the season that forced him to sit out the remainder of the year.