Texas Tech Squares Off With West Virginia|
February 1, 2013
TEXAS TECH QUICK HITS
Saturday's game marks only the second-ever meeting with the West Virginia Mountaineers. The last and only time these two teams met was on March 24, 2005 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M. The seventh-seeded Mountaineers edged sixth-seeded and No. 24 Red Raiders, 65-60.
This is the third-ever meeting between a Bob Huggins-coached team and Texas Tech. Huggins coached Kansas State during the 2006-07 season. The Red Raiders slip a pair of matches against Huggins, winning in Manhattan (62-52), but losing in the Big 12 Championship (66-45).
Texas Tech is looking to win three Big 12 games for the first time since 2011. The Red Raiders have a winning record through 17 games (9-8) for the first time since the 2009-10 season.
Texas Tech ran the gauntlet of five straight games against RPI Top 50 teams - Baylor (45), Kansas (3), Oklahoma (21), OSU (38) and Iowa State (37).
Texas Tech finished the non-conference portion of its schedule 7-4. It was the longest homestand in program history at 11 games. In all, Texas Tech will host a record 20 home contests during the 2012-13 season.
Texas Tech is averaging 69.9 possessions per game and 0.97 points per possession, while Westis averaging 70.2 possessions and 1.00 points per possession. Last season, Texas Tech averaged 0.92 points per possession.
Jaye Crockett is the nation's top Sixth Man in the Power Six conferences in terms of scoring (12.7 points) and rebounding (8.0 rebounds). Crockett has led the team in scoring 11 times this season.
Since Dusty Hannahs moved into the starting rotation, he has gone from 3.6 points per game off the bench to 9.2 points per game in his 10 starts.
Josh Gray is second in the Big 12 and 58th nationally in steals (2.0), while averaging 9.3 points and 2.6 assists per game.