Robert Lewandowski tied a career-high with 20 points against Iowa State last Saturday.
Jan. 24, 2012
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TV: ESPNU | Mitch Holthus (Play-By-Play) & Reid Gettys (Analyst)
Radio: TTSN 104.3 FM (LUBBOCK) | Mark Finkner (Play-By-Play) & Andy Ellis (Analyst)
THE OPENING TIP
• The Red Raiders are coming off of a 76-52 loss to Iowa State.
• [22/24] Kansas State is riding a two-game winning streak after upending OSU, 66-58.
• Today’s game is on the ESPNU. Mitch Holthus (Play-by-Play) and Reid Gettys (Analyst) are on the call.
• Texas Tech is looking to snap a six-game losing streak with a win over Iowa State. The Red Raiders are 0-6 in Big 12 play for the first time since 1999-00.
TEXAS TECH-KANSAS STATE SERIES
• This is the 27th meeting between the Wildcats and the Red Raiders. The two first met on Dec. 6, 1955 in Manhattan Kansas. Kansas leads the all-time series 16-10. The Red Raiders lead the series in Lubbock, 7-4.
• Kansas State has won four of the last five meetings between the two schools. The last Texas Tech win (84-75) came in Lubbock on Feb. 13, 2008.
ABOUT KANSAS STATE
• Kansas State is 14-4 and 3-3 in the Big 12.
• The Wildcats are led by Rodney McGruder (15.6 ppg / 5.6 rpg), Jamar Samuels (11.2 ppg / 6.9 rpg) and Will Spradling (10.9 ppg / 2.7 apg).
THE BIG 12 & SPECIAL OLYMPICS
• This week, Big 12 basketball and Special Olympics are working together to end the use of the word “retarded” by pledging to stop the use of the R-Word. Fans are encouraged to join the cause to Spread the Word to End the Word.
• Fans can log-on to R-WORD.ORG and digitally pledge to eliminate the use of the R-Word.
FROM THE START
Last time out against Iowa State, the starting lineup was Javarez Willis, Ty Nurse, Terran Petteway, Robert Lewandowski and Jordan Tolbert. This is the third time this season this lineup has been used and one of nine different starting lineups used this season. Kevin Wagner started the second half in place of Ty Nurse.
CROCKETT STEPS UP IN LEAGUE PLAY
Texas Tech’s Jaye Crockett has elevated his play since Big 12 Conference play began on Jan. 4. In the six league games this season, Crockett has scored in double figures four times and notched nine points in the other outing. He is coming off his second career double-double at Oklahoma and had a career-best 19-point effort at Texas A&M. His 19 points eclipses his previous best effort of 14 points against North Texas on Nov. 16, 2010. Crockett now has 11 career double-digit scoring efforts, with seven coming this season. He is averaging 7.4 points and 5.1 rebounds per game this season and 10.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in Big 12 games.
LEWANDOWSKI HAS CAREER GAME
Robert Lewandowski had a career performance against Iowa State. The 6-10 senior from Overland Park, Kan. went 8-17 from the field and 4-5 from the line to tie his career high with 20 points. He had previously had netted 20 points against Texas A&M as a freshman (01/28/09) and against Stephen F. Austin as a sophomore (11/19/10). Lewandowski played all 40 minutes against Iowa State and added six rebounds, four assists (tying a career high) and four blocks. He had four blocks in a game for the first time since Jan. 20, 2009, when he notched four blocks against Colorado.
LEWANDOWSKI PULLS DOWN 400TH
Senior Robert Lewandowski has been a steady stalwart for the Red Raiders for the last four years. Against Oklahoma, in his 112th career game and his 65th career start, Lewandowski recorded his 400th rebound. He also notched his 86 career block, which ranks eighth all-time at Texas Tech. With his six rebounds and four blocks against Iowa State, he now has 406 rebounds and 90 career blocks. This season, Lewandowski is averaging 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds a game. He has scored eight or more points in nine of the team’s 18 games this season. Lewandowski also recorded his first career 3-pointer in just his third career attempt against Southeastern Louisiana. The 6-10 Lewandowski has played in 113 career games. It was 61 games between his first 3-point attempt against UTEP on Jan. 3, 2010 and his first career make against Southeastern Louisiana.
WILLIS’ STREAK CONTINUES
Javarez “Bean” Willis is one of three returning players from last year’s squad who has started 17 of 18 games this season. He is currently on a streak of 27 consecutive free throws, including 8-of-8 against Southeastern Louisiana, and has converted 34 of 39 from the charity strip this season. His 87.2 percent from the line is second the squad to teammate Ty Nurse. Willis is second in scoring (8.9), leads in assists (34) and second in 3-point field goal percentage (.347). He has recorded nine or more points 11 times this season and had a season high 16 against Cal State-Bakersfield thanks in large part to a season-high four 3-pointers. He tied that mark at Oklahoma after connecting on another four treys. Willis followed up that outing with a team-best 15 points against Southeastern Louisiana and another 11 against Oklahoma State. He has also dished out at least two assists in 10 of 18 games this season, while distributing four assists or more four times.
TOLBERT LEADS BIG 12 FRESHMEN
Jordan Tolbert leads all Big 12 freshmen this season in rebounds (6.3 rpg) and field goal percentage (55.6 pct). He is second among league freshmen in scoring at 12.5 points per game. Overall, Tolbert ranks 17th in the league in scoring and seventh in rebounding. He has scored in double figures nine times this season, including a season-high 27 twice — once at TCU on Dec. 6 and once against CSU-Bakersfield on Dec. 27. It was the most by a Tech freshman since John Roberson went for 28 against Northwestern State on Dec. 29, 2007. It is the second highest scoring mark by a Red Raider freshman in the Big 12 Era. He also netted 20 points against Indiana State at the Old Spice Classic, 22 against Grambling State and 21 against Oral Roberts. Tolbert has pulled down five rebounds in 13 of 18 games this season and had a his first double-double at Oklahoma State with 13 points and 13 rebounds. He added 10 rebounds at Oklahoma. He has recorded five 20-point games as a freshman, which has only been recorded one other time in the last 20 years at Texas Tech by a freshman. He also did it four times in a row, which was last done by Jarrius Jackson in November, 2006. He was named the Big 12 Conference player of the Week for the Week of Dec. 26-Jan. 1, after averaging 19.0 points and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting 78.9 percent from the field.
NURSE ONE OF NATION’S BEST FROM LINE
Ty Nurse has the ability to be an offensive threat each time he steps on the floor. He has led the team is scoring three times this season and scored in double figures on seven occasions. Nurse had a remarkable debut, chipping in 29 points. He has scored in 14 of 17 games this season. Nurse is third on the team in scoring at 8.6 points per game, while chipping in 2.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He is an 91.8 percent foul shooter, connecting on 45 of 49 from the charity strip this season. He has converted 23 straight free throws for the Red Raiders. He currently ranks first in the Big 12 and fourth nationally in free throw shooting.
STRUGGLING FROM THE FIELD
After ranking as high as eighth in the nation in field goal percentage, the Red Raiders have been mired in a shooting slump. Texas Tech has failed to shoot 40 percent in each of the last six games – 39.6% (at OSU), 39.6% (Baylor), 31.4% (Kansas), 33.3% (at Texas A&M), 32.6% (at Oklahoma) and 35.1% (Iowa State). The slump has dropped the Red Raiders to 117th in the nation in field goal percentage (45.0 percent)., but did you know that Texas Tech ranks 342nd in shot attempts (48.2 attempts per game)? The Red Raiders are making on average 21.7 field goals per game, which ranks 299th out of the 344 schools in the NCAA Division I. The Red Raiders rank fifth in the Big 12 Conference in field goal percentage, 10th in shot attempts and shots made.
SHOOTING FOR AVERAGE
Texas Tech is fifth in the Big 12 Conference in field goal percentage through 18 games, as the Red Raiders have hit on 45.0 percent of its shots from the field. The Red Raiders are 117th nationally in field goal percentage this season. Tech has hit 60 percent or better in a game three times this season — Troy (61.1 percent), Stephen F. Austin (62.9 percent) and CSU-Bakersfield (60.0 percent). When Texas Tech shot 61.1 percent from the field (33 of 54) against Troy in the opener, it eclipsed the highest percentage of any game last season. The highest percentage last season was 58.8 percent (30-of-51) against Delaware State on Jan. 4. Two games later against Stephen F. Austin, the Red Raiders connected on their first six shots of the game to take a 15-5 lead. Texas Tech connected on 14 of 17 shots from the field in the first half (82.4 percent) and hit four of five 3-pointers (80 percent). The Red Raiders finished the game hitting 62.9 percent from the field. It is the best shooting performance by Tech in the last three years, eclipsing the 62.1 percent the Red Raiders shot against Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 22, 2008. The Red Raiders added their third 60 percent shooting performance against Cal State-Bakersfield, as Texas Tech connected on 24 of 40 shots, including 7-of-14 from 3-point range. In all, the Red Raiders have shot better than 50 percent in five of 18 games this season. Only six teams in the nation shoot 50 percent or better from the field.
3-POINT STREAK EXTENDS to 33 STRAIGHT
Texas Tech extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 33 straight games against Iowa State after connecting on 5-of-18 from deep. The last time The Red Raiders did not connect from the 3-point line was against Texas (0-11) on Jan. 11, 2011.
LUKE STEPS UP IN A BIG WAY
Walk-on Luke Adams stepped onto the court against Grambling State not only playing in his second career game, but making his first career start. The freshman from Big Spring, Texas, who is legally deaf, connected on his first four shots of the game (all 3s) to spark a 27-2 Texas Tech run against the Tigers. He earned his second career start at Oral Roberts, chipping in with four points and four assists. In eight games, the 5-9 walk-on has averaged 3.5 points, 0.9 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 112 total minutes of play.
UP AND DOWN FROM THREE
During the non-conference portion of the schedule, the Red Raiders were streaky from 3-point range. But as conference has began, Texas Tech has settled into a groove minus the apparition against Kansas. Here is a look at how the Red Raiders have fared this season — 43% (Troy), 18.2% (North Texas), 54.5% (Stephen F. Austin), 22.2% (Indiana State), 50% (DePaul), 30% (Wake Forest), 44.4% (Texas A&M-CC), 25% (TCU), 42.1% (Grambling State), 14.3% (Oral Roberts), 50% (Bakersfield), 40% (SE Louisiana), 31.3% (OSU), 37.5% (Baylor), 9.1% (Kansas), 36.4% (Texas A&M), 50% (Oklahoma) and 27.8% (Iowa State). For the season, the Red Raiders are 82 of 223 from beyond the arc (36.8 percent). Ty Nurse leads the way, hitting on 24 of 65 attempts (36.9 percent) from 3-point range.
Ty Nurse’s 29 points against Troy is the most by a Red Raider since Mike Singletary had 33 against Iowa State on Jan. 26 last season. It is also the most points in a season opener by a Texas Tech player since Curtis Marshall had 30 against UNC-Ashville in 2004 and Andy Ellis had 30 against Indiana in 1999. It is also the most points in a newcomer debut in the Red Raider Big 12 Era.
PLAYING 11 AGAINST IOWA STATE
For the third time this season, the Red Raiders saw 11 players enter the lineup. On four occasions, nine players saw action in a game and 11 times 10 players played.
FROM THE LINE
Texas Tech shot 92 percent from the free throw line (23 of 25) against North Texas. It is the highest output since connecting on 23 of 24 last season against TCU (95.8 percent). The Red Raiders connected on nine consecutive free throws over the final 3:04 to secure the victory. For the season, Texas Tech is 278 of 387 from the line (71.8 percent). Texas Tech shot a season-low eight free throws, connecting on seven. It is the fewest number of free throws shot in a game by the Red Raiders since Jan. 21, 2009, when Texas Tech went 6-of-8 from the line.
FROM THE FIELD
Texas Tech has out-shot its opponent from the field in 12 of 18 games this season. In the last outing, Texas Tech was a mere 32.6 percent from the field (15-46), giving way to Oklahoma’s 38.9 percent (21-54). The Red Raiders have been out-shot by DePaul (42.3/46.6), Baylor (39.6/48.9), Kansas (31.4/50.9), Texas A&M (33.3/47.8), Oklahoma (32.6/38.9) and Iowa State (35.1/48.4).
REBOUNDING ON THE ROAD
Texas Tech has out-rebounding its three Big 12 opponents on the road this season – Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Oklahoma. In Stillwater, the Red Raiders out-boarded the Cowboys, 38-27 (+11). In College Station, Texas Tech pulled down 36 rebounds to Texas A&M’s 28 (+8). In Norman, Tech edged OU, 37-34 (+3).
HITTING FOR 20
Since Texas Tech joined the Big 12 Conference at the beginning of the 1996-97 season, there have been 39 Red Raider players scored 20 points in a game at least once. In that group, 25 have performed the feat twice. The school’s all-time leading scorer, Andre Emmett did it 55 times. In all, five of the school’s top seven scorers have played in what we call the Big 12 Era. Here is a complete list of the 39 Red Raiders, who have compiled 372 20-point games at Texas Tech. Red Raider freshman Jordan Tolbert is the newest member with five 20-point games this season. He had 20 against Indiana State, added 27 against TCU, netted 22 against Grambling State, added 21 against Oral Roberts and 27 against CSU-Bakersfield. His 27 at TCU are the most by a Red Raider freshman on the road in the Big 12 Era, but John Roberson holds the freshman record with 28 against Northwestern State in 2007. Tolbert is one of 10 freshman to record a 20-point game at Texas Tech, but joins just Roberson (7) as Red Raiders who have done it at least five times. Red Raider Ty Nurse also joined the list this year, when he went for 29 points against Troy in the season opener. Robert Lewandowski recorded his third career 20-point game against Iowa State.
A TRIPLE NOTE
There have been nine triple-doubles performed this year in the NCAA by Keegan Bell (Chattanooga), Jesse Sanders (Liberty), T.J. McConnell (Duquesne), Jake Odum (Indiana State), D.J. Cooper (Ohio), Kenny Gabriel (Auburn), Shabazz Napier (Connecticut), Royce White (Iowa State) and Peter ‘PJ’ Roberson (Grambling State). Did you know that Texas Tech is the only school to face three of these athletes – Odum, White and Roberson. Odum had 13 points, one rebound and four assists against the Red Raiders. White recorded seven points, nine rebounds and six assists against Texas Tech. Roberson had 14 points, 15 rebounds and three blocks against the Red Raiders.