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Texas Tech Eyes Sweep Of TCU, Move To .500

Dusty Hannahs is second on the team in scoring in league games (12.5 points) despite not starting.

January 31, 2014

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

Date/Time: Saturday, February 1, 2014 / 12:47 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: Sirius (93) / XM (192) -- Texas Tech Broadcast
Television: Big 12 Network/ESPN3 - Brad Sham (Play-By-Play); Stephen Howard (Analyst)
Channel: Lubbock KMYL - Suddenlink (6), AT&T U-Verse (14), Direct TV (640), Dish (432)
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) / --/--. TCU: (RPI: 181)/ --/--.
Head Coaches: exas Tech: Tubby Smith (Career: 521-237 in 23 seasons; at Texas Tech: 10-11 in first season).
TCU: Trent Johnson (Career: 246-216 in 15 seasons; at TCU: 20-31 in two seasons).
Against TCU:

Texas Tech leads the all-time series, 75-47. Tubby Smith is 3-1 against TCU (1-0 TTU & 2-1 TU).

The Last Meeting
Texas Tech60
TCU49
January 18, 2014
Fort Worth, Texas
Texas Tech Holds Off Horned Frogs, 60-49
Dusty Hannahs scored 13 points, Dejan Kravic had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Texas Tech won consecutive Big 12 games for the first time in almost three years with a 60-49 victory against cold-shooting TCU on Saturday.

TEXAS TECH EYES SWEEP OF TCU, MOVE TO .500
Texas Tech (10-11, 2-6) hosts its second-most played rivalry in TCU (9-10, 0-7) on Saturday at 12:47 at United Spirit Arena. It will be the 123rd meeting between the two schools, with the Red Raiders holding a 75-47 advantage over the Horned Frogs.  Texas Tech will be looking to win its fourth straight over TCU and move back to .500 with the win. TCU has not won in Lubbock since Dec. 8, 2010. These two squads have played every season but one (1999-00), since 1955-56.

QUICK HITS
•    With a win over TCU, Texas Tech would earn the program's 1,300th victory. The Red Raiders are 1299-1051 all-time.
•    Texas Tech is in search of its third conference win of the season, equaling last year's league win total.
•    Texas Tech is looking to win nine games at home for the 12th time in 13 seasons.
•    Texas Tech's RPI of 134 is the highest for the Red Raiders since finishing the 2009-10 season with an RPI of 66.
•    Texas Tech is averaging 79.1 point per game in home games, while allowing just 68.6 points (+10.5).
•    Texas Tech leads the Big 12 and is 27th nationally in free throw percentage (74.7 percent).
•    Senior Jaye Crockett moved into 30th all-time in career scoring with 15 against Kansas State, giving him 1,087 points.
•    Jaye Crockett's 14.3 points per game scoring average is the highest by a Red Raider since Mike Singletary averaged 15.0 points per game in 2009-10.
•    Dusty Hannahs is on pace to break the Texas Tech single-season free throw shooting percentage record. Hannahs has hit 26 straight and is 42 of 45 on the season (93.3 percent).

FROM BEYOND THE ARC
This season, Texas Tech has struggled at time from 3-point range. But over the last three games, the Red Raiders have converted 21 of 46 treys (45.7 percent). In the 18 games prior to the Jan. 22 game at West Virginia, Texas Tech was shooting just 32.1 percent (88-268) from deep. The recent performance from 3-point range has raised the season average to 34.1 (107-314). Dusty Hannahs has paced the Red Raiders from deep, connecting on 10 of 15 (66.7 percent) from long range over the last three games. For the season, Hannahs has converted 34 of 81 treys (42.0 percent).

THE SERIES
Texas Tech leads the all-time series with TCU, 75-47. The Red Raiders are 41-14 in Lubbock. It is the second most played rivalry in school history at 127 games. The longest series is against Texas (132 games). The Red Raiders have won three straight and 10 of the last 14 meetings. Texas Tech is looking to win four straight in the series for the first time since 1995, when the Red Raiders won eight straight against the Horned Frogs.

THE HORNED FROGS
TCU is currently mired in a seven-game losing streak after starting the season 9-3. Kyan Anderson (14.9), Amric Fields (13.8) and Brandon Parrish (10.4) lead the Horned Frogs in scoring. During the seven-game losing streak, TCU is shooting just 37.4 percent from the field and the Horned Frogs have been outscored by an average of 17.4 points per game. TCU is in search of its first win of 2014, after going 0-7 in the month of January.

CLOSING THE GAP
In Texas Tech's six Big 12 losses this season, the Red Raiders have lost by an average of 6.7 points per game. Last season, in 15 conference losses, Texas Tech lost by an average of 21.4 points. During the 2011-12 season, the Red Raiders lost by an averaged of 17.9 points per game in league play. Texas Tech is 1-6 this season in games decided by 10 points or less. In the Red Raiders' two conference wins this season, the Red Raiders have won by an average of 10.5 points per game.

SPREADING THE MINUTES
Texas Tech has 10 players averaging double-digit minutes this season, led by Jaye Crockett's 28.9 minutes per game. In all, six players are averaging more than 20 minutes per game - Crockett, Turner (28.5), Jordan Tolbert (26.6), Toddrick Gotcher (26.2), Dusty Hannahs (22.3) and Dejan Kravic (20.4). The Red Raiders are also receiving double-digit minutes from Randy Onwuasor (12.0), Jamal Williams, Jr. (11.9), Aaron Ross (11.2) and Kader Tapsoba (10.3). In Big 12 games, Gotcher (33.6), while Crockett (31.8) and Turner (30.0) are all averaging more than 30 minutes per game.

BALANCED SCORING
Since the start of Big 12 play, Texas Tech has had balanced point distribution. Jaye Crockett leads the way with 15.5 points per game, while Dusty Hannahs comes off the bench for 12.5 points per game and Robert Turner adds 10.0 points, while Jordan Tolbert contributes 9.5 points, Toddrick Gotcher chips in 8.6 points per game and Dejan Kravic another 6.5 points. In eight league games, Texas Tech is shooting 44.4 percent from the field, while hitting for 38.1 percent from deep. Texas Tech is second the league in free throw shooting at 75.0 percent per outing.

THE BOARD SITUATION
Texas Tech has won the battle of the boards in 15 of 21 games this season, including 13 of the last 15 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), at TCU 41-29 (+12) and Oklahoma, 33-28 (+5) and at Kansas State 34-32 (+2). For the season, Texas Tech is averaging 34.1 rebounds per game and has a rebounding margin of +4.0.

POINTS IN THE PAINT
Texas Tech is in uncharted territory when it comes to scoring inside.  The Red Raiders have netted 749 points in the paint through the first 20games, averaging a school record 35.7 points per game inside. In eight of the 21 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 21 games of the 1995-96 season, Texas Tech recorded 748 points (35.6), while the Red Raiders notched 747 points (35.6) through the first 21 games of the 1996-97 season.

1,000 POINTS AND COUNTING
Texas Tech senior Jaye Crockett became the 36th member of the 1,000-Point Club and the 14th member of the 1,000-Point & 600-Rebound Club. After netting 15 points at Kansas State, Crockett moved into 30th on the all-time scoring list. Crockett enters the game against TCU with 1087 points, 602 rebounds, 98 assists, 94 steals and 63 blocks. If Crockett reaches 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 100 assists and 100 steals, he would become just the fifth Red Raider to accomplish the feat, joining Andre Emmett (2001-04), Will Flemons (1990-93), Jason Sasser (1993-96) and Martin Zeno (2005-08).

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 Baylor, the last time Texas Tech had defeated an RPI Top 25 squad was a win over RPI No. 11 Kansas on March 4, 2009.

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 38.1 percent by hitting 48 of 126 treys through the first eight 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.

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 other day. Texas Tech is 1-4 on Saturday this season.  The Red Raiders are also 1-3 in day games with four remaining day games on the schedule. For Texas Tech, February has been a lean month over the last five seasons. Texas Tech is 5-33 during that span, including losing 13 straight. Tech's last win in the month of February was a 65-47 upset of Oklahoma on Feb. 11, 2012.

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 15 of its last 17 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. Since the early troubles, the Red Raiders have converted 77.1 percent from the charity stripe. For the season, Texas Tech has raised its average to 74.7 percent, which ranks first in the Big 12 and 27th nationally. The Red Raiders' 74.7 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 75.0 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 93.3 percent after shooting 80.6 percent last season (12.7 percent increase), while Kravic has jumped from 61.1 percent to 74.2, an increase of 13.1 percent.

IT TAKES TWO TO MAKE THINGS GO RIGHT
Texas Tech is the 36st most prolific scoring team from two-point range this season. The Red Raiders offense nets 57.0 percent of its points off of two-point field goals, while adding 21.0 percent of its offense from 3-pointers and 22.0 percent of its offense from free throws. In all, Texas Tech is 435 of 850 from two-point range (51.2 percent) and provide 41.4 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 Iowa (20.6), Kansas (20.4), Indiana (20.0), Texas (19.5), Mississippi State (19.4), Marquette (19.3), St. John's (19.3), Memphis (19.1), Kentucky (19.0), Pittsburgh (18.9), Georgia (18.8), USC (18.7), SMU (17.7), North Carolina State (17.1), South Florida (15.1) and North Carolina (14.9). The national average is 51.1 percent from 2-point range, 26.5 percent from 3-point range and 22.4 percent from the free throw line. The Red Raiders rank 27th in free throw percentage, 73rd in 2-point field goal percentage and 178th from 3-point range.

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 57.2 percent, but he does not meet the minimum requirements. Crockett is converting a league-best mark of 55.0 percent (120-218), while Tolbert is hitting 57.2 percent of his shots and has converted 91 of 159 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 4.3. Tolbert's 57.2 percent from the field is the best by a Red Raider since Cliff Owens shot 59.2 percent during the 1997-98 season. For their careers, Tolbert has converted 54.1 percent from the field, while Crockett has made 50.6 percent of his shots. Tolbert's career average ranks fourth all-time at Texas Tech, while Crockett ranks 10th.

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 21 games. For the season, Texas Tech has 255 assists and 249 turnovers. Texas Tech has committed fewer turnovers than its opponent in 12 of 21 games this season. Last season, Texas Tech had fewer turnovers than its opponent only seven times all season.

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 20 games this season.

DISHING DIMES
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 12.1, while decreasing the turnovers from 14.7 to 11.9 in just one season.

TOLBERT'S STREAK ENDS AT 82
Jordan Tolbert's run of 82 consecutive games scoring came to an end at Kansas State, as the junior went 0-3 from the field and did not attempt a free throw. It is the first time in his collegiate career that the Red Raider failed to score. It is the longest streak of its kind since Jarrius Jackson scored in 111 straight games, which is a school record. Tolbert's 82-game run is the second longest streak for a Texas Tech player in the Big 21 Era. During the streak, Tolbert averaged 11.0 points per game and scored in double figures 47 times. He also reached the 20-point plateau seven times.

TOLBERT CLOSING IN ON MILESTONES
Jordan Tolbert is on pace to become the 37th member of the Texas Tech 1,000-Point Club and the 18th member of the 1,000-Point & 500-Rebound Club. Through 83 career games, Tolbert has recorded 903 points, 476 rebounds, 65 blocks, 51 assists and 50 steals. He is now 97 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. Through 21 games, he is averaging 11.4 points and 6.2 rebounds, while shooting 57.2 percent from the field. Tolbert also reached 900 points against Oklahoma, the 800-point mark against Arizona State and the 700-point plateau against Alabama and the 400-rebound mark against UTSA. Tolbert now ranks fourth at Texas Tech in career field goal percentage at 54.1 percent behind Red Raider greats Will Flemons (59.8), Rick Bullock (56.5) and Mike Russell (54.3). Tolbert converted 17 consecutive free throws at one point, raising his season free throw percentage to 75.0 percent (51-68).  Tolbert is a career 66.7 percent free throw shooter.

CROCKETT JOINS ELITE LIST
As each game passes, Jaye Crockett closes 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 30th on the scoring list after a 15-point performance at Kansas State. He joined the 500-rebound club against South Dakota State and the 600-rebound club at Kansas State. He is the 14th member of the 1,000-600 Club and looks to become the fifth Red Raider to record 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 100 assists and 100 steals. Crockett has 1,087 points, 602 rebounds, 98 assists, 94 steals and 62 blocks. He ranks 10th in career field goal percentage (50.4), tied for 11th in career blocks (62) and 19th in career steals (94).

KRAVIC FINDS SUCCESS AGAINST TCU
Dejan Kravic likes playing TCU. The 7-0 senior is averaging 10.7 points and 8.0 rebounds per game against the Horned Frogs, including recording a pair of double-doubles. Both marks are well about his career averages of 8.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. For the season, Kravic is averaging 6.7 points and 4.6 rebounds.

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 2.4 points and 0.9 rebounds in 16 games this season. He was sidelined  for two games with an injury to his hand.

CHARTING THE BLOCKS
Junior Jordan Tolbert and seniors Jaye Crockett and Dejan Kravic have climbed into the Texas Tech leaders for blocks. Kravic recorded two blocks against Kansas State to move into sole possession of 10th all-time with 68 blocks. Tolbert currently has 65 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 1.31 blocks per game, which is tied for the 10th-best single-season mark.

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 11 straight starts. Since then, Gotcher has averaged 8.8 points, 2.7 assists and 2.8 rebounds. For the season, Gotcher is averaging 7.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2.1 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 12.5  points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists, while shooting 50.0 percent from 3-point range in 28.6 minutes 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 9.1 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 2.0  per game. His 93.3 percent would rank fourth nationally. At his current pace, he will break Ty Nurse's mark of 90.2 percent from the line, as Hannahs has connected on 93.3 percent of his shots from the charity stripe. He has currently made 26 in a row and 40 of his last 41 free throws. Hannahs' 26 straight free throws is the longest streak since Ty Nurse and Javarez Willis both converted 27 straight during the 2011-12 season. He is a perfect 18 of 18 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 (10.0 ppg), assists (2.7) 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 2.7 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.

FOSTER SHOWING IMPROVEMENT
Freshman Alex Foster has seen his role on the team increase after the last two games. Foster is averaging 5.0 points and 5.0 rebounds, while playing 12.5 minutes per game in the last two outings. He had an eight-point, eight-board performance against Oklahoma. For the season, Foster is averaging 2.3 points and 1.3 rebounds in 6.7 minutes per game.

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 4.2 points and 2.3 rebounds this season.

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.

GOING GLOBAL
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.


 

 

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