Tubby Smith and the Red Raiders are in search of their second ranked win of the season against OU.
January 24, 2014
Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma | Texas Tech Notes | Oklahoma Notes | Big 12 Notes
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||Texas Tech: (RPI: 123) / --/--. Oklahoma: (RPI: 17) / (AP: 25) /(Coaches: 25).
||Texas Tech: Tubby Smith (Career: 521-235 in 23 seasons; at Texas Tech: 10-9 in first season).
OU: Lon Kruger (Career: 529-336 in 28 seasons; at OU: 50-32 in three seasons).
Oklahoma leads the series, 33-19. Tubby Smith is 0-2 all-time against Oklahoma (0-2 at Tulsa).
RED RAIDERS LOOK FOR SECOND TOP 25 UPSET
The Last Meeting
February 20, 2013
Texas Tech (10-9, 2-4) will look to snag its second straight Top 25 upset at home, as the Red Raiders host No. 25 Oklahoma on Saturday at 3 p.m. CT at the United Spirit Arena. The Red Raiders jumped out early on then-No. 12 Baylor, en route to an 82-72 win over the Bears on Jan. 15. Texas Tech is no stranger to toppling the ranked Sooners. In the series, the Red Raiders are 5-5 when facing a ranked Sooner team in Lubbock. Texas Tech is also 7-7 against the Sooners in United Spirit Arena. Overall, Oklahoma leads the series 33-19, but Texas Tech has the advantage in the Hub City, 13-10. Texas Tech has won two of its last three games heading into Saturday, while Oklahoma has won three of its last four, including wins over nationally-ranked Iowa State and Baylor. All six of the Sooners' games in Big 12 play have been decided by eight points or less in Big 12 play, while the Red Raiders have had all six games decided by 11 points or less. Texas Tech is looking to win consecutive Big 12 home games for the first time since 2011 and consecutive wins at home over ranked opponents for the first time since defeating No. 5 Kansas and No. 6 Texas A&M in January, 2007, at the United Spirit Arena.
SMITH, KRUGER BATTLE AGAIN
Tubby Smith and Lon Kruger have combined to win 1,050 games. Smith has won 521 games in 23 seasons, while Kruger has secured 529 victories over 28 seasons. Smith is 2-1 all-time against Kruger. He won the first two meetings between the two coaches, when he was at Georgia and Kruger was at Florida. The two next met when Smith was at Minnesota and Kruger was at UNLV. The Rebels won the Duel in the Desert Tournament meeting with the Gophers, 81-64, in 2007.
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 there were two players on the roster with both 1,000 points and 500 rebounds at the same time was during the 1974-75 season when Rick Bullock and William Johnson reached both plateaus. Crockett has 1,058 points and 593 rebounds, while Tolbert has 889 points and 469 rebounds. Crockett became the 36th member of the 1,000-Point Club and the 17th member of the 1,000-500 Club at Texas on Jan. 11 and is currently 33rd on the all-time scoring list at Texas Tech
LOOKING FOR TWO STRAIGHT AT HOME
With a Top 25 win in hand over then-No. 12 Baylor, Texas Tech looks to strike against as it hosts No. 25 Oklahoma on Saturday. Texas Tech is looking to win consecutive Big 12 home games for the first time since 2011 and consecutive wins at home over ranked opponents for the first time since defeating No. 5 Kansas and No. 6 Texas A&M in January, 2007, at the United Spirit Arena. It has been 227 games since those back-to-back upsets at the USA.
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 (RPI 17) on Jan. 15. Before then, 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.
SPREADING THE MINUTES
Texas Tech has 10 players averaging double-digit minutes this season, led by Jaye Crockett's 29.0 minutes per game. In all, six players are averaging more than 20 minutes per game - Crockett, Turner (28.5), Jordan Tolbert (26.7), Toddrick Gotcher (25.9), Dusty Hannahs (21.8) and Dejan Kravic (20.2). The Red Raiders are also receiving double-digit minutes from Aaron Ross (12.0), Jamal Williams, Jr. (11.9), Randy Onwuasor (11.7) and Kader Tapsoba (10.3). In Big 12 games, Gotcher (35.0), Crockett (33.0) and Turner (30.5) are all averaging more than 30 minutes per game. Gotcher ranks fifth in the Big 12 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 15.8 points per game, while Dusty Hannahs comes off the bench for 13.0 points per game and Robert Turner adds 10.5. Jordan Tolbert adds 10.3 points, while Toddrick Gotcher chips in 9.8 points per game and Dejan Kravic another 7.2 points. In six league games, Texas Tech is shooting 46.7 percent from the field, while hitting for 39.4 percent from beyond the arc. The Red Raiders are second the league in free throw shooting at 76.9 percent per outing.
THE BOARD SITUATION
Texas Tech has won the battle of the boards in 13 of 19 games this season, including 11 of the last 13 games. The Red Raiders have out-rebounded its opponent by 10 or more boards seven 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), Baylor, 35-29 (+6), and at TCU 41-29 (+12). For the season, Texas Tech is averaging 34.2 rebounds per game and has a rebounding margin of +4.2 through 19 games this season.
WHAT DAY IS IT?
Texas Tech has 10 wins this season, including three on Monday (3-2) and two on Friday (2-0) and at least one win on every day. Texas Tech is 1-3 on Saturday this season, with that one coming last Saturday at TCU. Texas Tech is looking to win back-to-back Saturday games for the first time since January, 2011. The Red Raiders are also 2-4 in the month of January. Heading into this season, Texas Tech had gone 2-14 in the month of January over the previous two seasons.
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 16 points against West Virginia on Jan. 22, Crockett moved into 32nd on the all-time scoring list. Crockett enters the game against Oklahoma with 1058 points, 593 rebounds, 96 assists, 92 steals and 62 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).
POINTS IN THE PAINT
Texas Tech is in uncharted territory when it comes to scoring inside. The Red Raiders have netted 689 points in the paint through the first 19 games, averaging a school record 36.3 points per game inside. In eight of the 18 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 19 games of the 1995-96 season, Texas Tech recorded 690 points (36.3), while the Red Raiders notched 697 points (36.7) through the first 19 games of the 1996-97 season. The Red Raiders are on pace to match or beat both marks.
FINDING A DEEP RHYTHM
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 39.4 percent by hitting 39 of 99 treys through the first six Big 12 games. Currently, Texas Tech is shooting 34.1 percent from 3-point range for the season. It rates as the seventh lowest shooting percentage from beyond the arc in program history. Twice this season, Texas Tech has caught fire draining 12 3-pointers each time. The first time was when Texas Tech drained 12 3-pointers on Nov. 11 against Northern Arizona on 22 attempts. The second time was on Jan. 22, when Tech converted 12 of 19 treys. Both marks are tied for the eighth best mark in school history.
IMPROVING FROM THE LINE
After early struggles from the free throw line, Texas Tech has caught a groove. The Red Raiders have shot 70 percent or better in 14 of its last 15 games. The Red Raiders started the season through four games hitting just 59.3 percent from the charity stripe. 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). Since the early troubles, the Red Raiders have converted 78.1 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 21st 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.
CHARITY STRIPE IMPROVEMENT
Six of the nine returning letterwinners from last season have seen an increase in their shooting percentage from the free throw line. Jordan Tolbert has seen the biggest increase, jumping from 56.5 percent last season to 75.4 percent this season. Dusty Hannahs and Dejan Kravic have also seen a 100-point jump in their shooting from the line. Hannahs is on pace for a school-record 92.9 percent after shooting 80.6 percent last season (12.3 percent increase), while Kravic has jumped from 61.1 percent to 71.4, an increase of 10.3 percent.
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 4.3 per game through 19 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 13 games with double digit assist performances. For the season, Tubby Smith's Red Raiders have raised the assists per game from 11.0 to 12.6, while decreasing the turnovers from 14.7 to 12.0 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, while Tolbert would rank first at 58.4 percent, but he does not meet the minimum requirements. Crockett is converting the second-best mark in the league at 56.2 percent (109-194), while Tolbert is hitting 58.4 percent of his shots and has converted 87 of 149 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 4.6. Tolbert's 58.6 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 54.4 percent from the field, while Crockett has made 50.8 percent of his shots. Tolbert's career average ranks third all-time at Texas Tech, while Crockett ranks 10th.
IT TAKES TWO TO MAKE THINGS GO RIGHT
Texas Tech is the 36th most prolific scoring team from two-point range this season. The Red Raiders offense nets 57.2 percent of its points off of two-point field goals, while adding 21.0 percent of its offense from 3-pointers and 21.8 percent of its offense from free throws. In all, Texas Tech is 401 of 768 from two-point range (52.2 percent) and provide 42.2 points per game. The Red Raiders have converted 21.0 percent of its offense from beyond the arc. It is the 17th lowest percentage among teams from the Power Conferences, just ahead of Kansas (20.9), Iowa (20.6), Texas (20.1), Marquette (20.1), Pittsburgh (19.7), St. John's (19.1), Kentucky (19.0), USC (18.8), Georgia (18.6), SMU (18.3), Mississippi State (18.2), Memphis, (18.0), North Carolina State (17.0), South Florida (15.1) and North Carolina (14.0). The national average is 51.2 percent from 2-point range, 26.5 percent from 3-point range and 22.3 percent from the free throw line. The Red Raiders rank 20th in free throw percentage, 38th in 2-point field goal percentage and 174th 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 19 games, he is averaging 11.9 points and 6.5 rebounds, while shooting 58.4 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 54.4 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 75.4 percent (46-61). Tolbert is a career 66.7 percent free throw shooter. Tolbert's 58.4 percent from the field is the 11th top total in program history. His 6.5 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 81 career games, Tolbert has recorded 889 points, 466 rebounds, 64 blocks, 50 assists and 48 steals. He is now 111 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. 25 against Kansas 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. At West Virginia, Tech added a 14-assist, 10-turnover game. In all this season, Texas Tech has had a positive or even assist-to-turnover ratio in 13 of 19 games. For the season, Texas Tech has 239 assists and 228 turnovers. Texas Tech has committed fewer turnovers than its opponent in 12 of 19 games this season. Last season, Texas Tech had fewer turnovers than its opponent only seven times all season.
KRAVIC FINDING GROOVE
Dejan Kravic has come into his own of late, after recovering from a series of injuries. Over the last 10 games, Kravic is averaging 9.0 points and 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game, while shooting 50.0 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. Kravic added his third double-double against TCU, as the senior led Tech with 12 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. 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 6.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 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 moved up to 32nd on the list with a 16-point effort against West Virginia. He joined the 500-rebound club against South Dakota State. He now has 593 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 1,058 points, 593 rebounds, 96 assists, 92 steals and 62 blocks. He ranks 10th in career field goal percentage (50.8), tied for 11th in career blocks (62) and 20th in career steals (92).
CHARTING THE BLOCKS
Junior Jordan Tolbert and seniors Jaye Crockett and Dejan Kravic have climbed into the Texas Tech leaders for blocks. Kravic recorded four blocks against West Virginia to move into a tie for 10th all-time with 66 blocks. Tolbert currently has 64 career blocks which ranks 12th all-time at Tech, while Crockett has 62, which is tied for the 13th top total in program history. Kravic is averaging 1.32 blocks per game, while Tolbert is averaging 1.0 blocks per game this season, which is the 17th best single-season mark in program annals, while Kravic's 1.17 blocks per game ranks 13th.
GOTCHER STEPS INTO STARTING ROLE
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, 2.8 assists and 2.6 rebounds. For the season, Gotcher is averaging 7.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists.
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 2.6 points and 1.0 rebounds in 15 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.
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 13.0 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.0 assists, while shooting a Big 12-best 53.3 percent from 3-point range in 28.7minutes per game in league 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. The sophomore went off against West Virginia, converting 8 of 9 from the field and an school and Big 12 record 7 for 7 from 3-point range For the season, Hannahs is averaging 8.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists.
DUSTY 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 2.1 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 92.9 percent of his shots from the charity stripe. He has currently made 23 in a row and 38 of his last 39 free throws. He is a perfect 16 of 16 in Big 12 play.
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 (10.2 ppg), assists (2.9) and steals (1.3). He has scored in double figures 10 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. The Augusta, Ga., native added 12 points, three boards and two assists against TCU and chipped in 13 points at West Virginia. Turner's 2.9 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 4.7 points and 2.5 rebounds this season.
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.