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Feb. 6, 2012

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Game 23 • at [rv/rv] Kansas State
Texas Tech (7-15, 0-10 Big 12) vs. Kansas State (16-6, 5-5 Big 12)
Tuesday, February 7, 2012 • 7:00 p.m. CT • Manhattan, Kan. (Bramlage Coliseum • 12,528)

Television: Big 12 Network / KJTV-DT2 (Fox34 Lubbock)
Dave Armstrong (PxP) & Jon Sundvold (Analyst)

Radio: TTSN (104.3 FM Lubbock Flagship)
Mark Finkner (PxP) & Andy Ellis (Analyst)

Satellite: XM (193) –Kansas State

Texas Tech: Billy Gillispie
Record at School: 7-15 (1st Year)
Overall record: 147-100 (8th Year)

Kansas State: Frank Martin
Record at School: 110-49 (5th season)
Overall record: 110-49 (5th season)

• Texas Tech fell to Texas, 74-57, in Austin on Saturday. It was the Red Raiders 10th straight  conference loss of the season.
• Kansas State enters Tuesday’s matchup after  knocking of Texas A&M, 64-53, in Manhattan.
• Today’s game is on the Big 12 Network. Dave Armstrong (Play-by-Play) and Jon Sundvold (Analyst) are on the call.
• Texas Tech is looking to snap a 10-game losing streak. The Red Raiders are 0-10 in Big 12 play for the first time since joining the league in 1996.

• 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 Wildcats lead the series in Manhattan, 10-2.
• Kansas State has won five of the last six meetings between the two schools. The last Texas Tech win (84-75) came in Lubbock on Feb. 13, 2008. The last time Texas Tech won in Manhattan was on Jan. 8, 2007, when the Red Raiders topped the Wildcats, 62-52.

• Kansas State is currently 16-6 overall and 5-5 in the Big 12. The Wildcats are receiving votes in both polls and have an RPI of 50.
• Rodney McGruder paces the Wildcats with 15 points and 5.2 rebounds, while Will Spradling adds 10.4 points and 2.8 assists and Jamar Samuels chips in 10.4 points and 6.4 rebounds.
• Kansas State is 9-0 when holding its opponent to fewer than 60 points.
• Kansas State leads the Big 12 in rebounding (38.8) and rebounding margin (+6.6).

Last time out against Texas, the starting lineup was Terran Petteway, Ty Nurse, Javarez Willis, Robert Lewandowski and Jordan Tolbert. This is the third time this season this lineup has been used and one of 12 different starting lineups used this season.

Texas Tech features the youngest roster in the Big 12 Conference this season and one of the youngest squads in the nation with seven freshmen and three sophomores. Entering the season, only three players on the roster had played in a Division I basketball game – senior Robert Lewandowski, sophomore Jaye Crockett and sophomore Javarez Willis. Of the 12 players who have played this season, there are only two are upperclassmen – Lewandowski and junior Ty Nurse. The seven freshmen have produced 44.5 percent of the Red Raider offense this season, while playing 43.5 percent of the team’s minutes.

Turnovers have been a struggle for the Red Raiders this season, as Texas Tech has committed 17.2 per game. One by-product of turnovers are opponents’ points off of turnovers. In Big 12 games this season, the Red Raiders are allowing 19.7 points per game off of turnovers. Texas Tech opponents are averaging 71.1 points per game in league play, meaning 27.6 percent of their output is the result of turnovers.

Texas Tech’s Jaye Crockett has elevated his play since Big 12 Conference play began on Jan. 4. In the 10 league games this season, Crockett has scored in double figures six times and notched nine points in two other outing. He notched 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. He added double-doubles against Missouri (11 points and 11 rebounds) and Oklahoma State (16 points and 14 rebounds). Crockett now has 13 career double-digit scoring efforts, with nine coming this season. He is averaging 8.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game this season and 10.6 points and 6.6 rebounds in Big 12 games. His 14 rebounds against Oklahoma State were a career best and the most by a Red Raider since Brad Reese had 16 against Texas-Arlington on Dec. 22, 2010.

Jordan Tolbert leads all Big 12 freshmen this season in rebounds (6.0 rpg) and field goal percentage (55.1 pct.). He is third among league freshmen in scoring at 11.9 points per game. Overall, Tolbert ranks 20th in the league in scoring and ninth in rebounding. He has scored in double figures 10 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 14 of 19 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.

For the sixth time this season, the Red Raiders saw 11 players enter the lineup against Texas. On five occasions, nine players have seen action in a game and 11 times 10 players have played.

Senior Robert Lewandowski has been a steady stalwart for the Red Raiders for the last four years. Against Oklahoma on Jan. 17, he recorded his 400th rebound. He has 707 career points, 416 career rebounds and 95 career blocks. His blocks rank eighth all-time at Texas Tech. He needs five more blocks to move into sixth on the career list. He has connected on 299 of 567 career shots for a 52.7 percent field goal percentage, which ranks fifth all-time at Texas Tech. This season, Lewandowski is averaging 7.2 points and 3.8 rebounds a game. He has scored eight or more points in 10 of the team’s 21 games this season. Lewandowski also recorded his first career 3-pointer in just his third career attempt against Southeastern Louisiana. It was 61 games between his first 3-point attempt against UTEP on Jan. 3, 2010 and his first career make against Southeastern Louisiana. The 6-10 Lewandowski has played in 117 career games with 70 career starts. He ranks 11th in career games played at Texas Tech.

Lubbock native Kevin Wagner had a breakout performance on Jan. 25 against Kansas State. The 5-8 freshman, starting in just his fourth collegiate game, notched a career-best 16 points, four assists, two steals and two rebounds in 37 minutes of play. Entering the game, Wagner had scored just 22 points for the season. He then recorded a second consecutive start against Missouri, notching  three points, four assists and five rebounds in 35 minutes of play. In three straight starts for the Red Raiders, he averaged 7.7 points, 3.7 assists and 2.3 rebounds.

Javarez “Bean” Willis is one of three returning players from last year’s squad who has started 21 of 22 games this season. His streak of 27 consecutive free throws ended against Oklahoma State. For the season, he has converted 35 of 43 from the charity strip this season. His 81.4 percent from the line is third on the squad to teammates Ty Nurse and Robert Lewandowski. Willis is fourth in scoring (7.7), leads in assists (40) and is second in 3-pointers made (27). He also leads the team in minutes played. 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 22 games this season.

Ty Nurse has the ability to be an offensive threat each time he steps on the floor. He has led the team is scoring five times this season and scored in double figures on nine occasions. Nurse had a remarkable debut, chipping in 29 points. He has scored in 17 of 21 games this season. Nurse is second on the team in scoring at 9.0 points per game, while chipping in 1.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He is an 92.5 percent foul shooter, connecting on 49 of 53 from the charity strip this season. He has converted 27 straight free throws for the Red Raiders. He currently has the second highest free throw percentage in the nation, but it just misses out on qualifying as the nation’s top charity stripe shooter. A player must make 2.5 free throws per game to qualify and Nurse currently is averaging 2.3 made free throws per 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.

Texas Tech made just three trips to the free throw line, converting just two of six free throws against Missouri on Jan. 28. It is the second time this year that the Red Raiders failed to shoot at least 10 free throws in a game this season. Texas Tech went 6-of-8 from the line against Iowa State on Jan. 21. Prior to that, the last time Texas Tech only shot eight free throws in a game was at Texas A&M on Jan. 28, 2009, when Texas Tech went 6-of-8 from the line. The last time the Red Raiders only shot six free throws in a game was at SMU on Dec. 2, 2003, when Tech hit 3-of-6 free throws. For the season, Texas Tech is attempting 21 free throws a game.

After ranking as high as eighth in the nation in field goal percentage, the Red Raiders had been mired in a shooting slump until the game at Missouri. Now the Red Raiders have converted on better than 40 percent of their shots in three consecutive Big 12 games for the first time this season – 45.5% (at Missouri), 50.0% (OSU) and 40.7% (at Texas). The Missouri game was Tech’s first game above 40 percent since Dec. 30. Prior to that, the Red Raiders had failed to shoot 40 percent in each of the previous seven games – 39.6% (at OSU), 39.6% (Baylor), 31.4%  (Kansas), 33.3% (at Texas A&M), 32.6% (at Oklahoma), 35.1% (Iowa State) and 37.5% (Kansas State). The Red Raiders to 117th in the nation in field goal percentage (44.7 percent), but did you know that Texas Tech ranks 341st in shot attempts (47.7 attempts per game)? The Red Raiders are making on average 21.3 field goals per game, which ranks 310th 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.

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 13 games, the 5-9 walk-on has averaged 3.4 points, 0.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 180 total minutes of play.

Texas Tech has been up and down all season when it comes to 3-point shooting. Only four times this season have the Red Raiders put together back-to-back games of 35 percent or better from 3-point range. 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), 27.8% (Iowa State), 23.1% (Kansas State), 44.4% (Missouri), 36.4% (OSU), 36.4% (Texas). For the season, the Red Raiders are 101 of 276 from beyond the arc (36.6 percent). Ty Nurse leads the way, hitting on 31 of 81 attempts (38.3 percent) from 3-point range.

Texas Tech has out-rebounded four of five Big 12 opponents on the road this season – Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Missouri, but came up short against Texas. 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). In Columbia, The Red Raiders topped the Tigers, 31-27 (+4). At Texas, the Red Raiders were out-rebounded 41-25 (-16).

Texas Tech is fifth in the Big 12 Conference in field goal percentage through 22 games, as the Red Raiders have hit on 44.7 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 six of 22 games this season. Only three teams in the nation shoot 50 percent or better from the field.

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.  Against K-State, Tech had its worst free throw shooting performance of the season, hitting just 14 of 26 from the line (53.1 percent). The Red Raiders followed it up with a 2-of-6 performance (33.3 percent) against Missouri. For the season, Texas Tech is 318 of 456 from the line (69.7 percent).

Texas Tech has out-shot its opponent from the field in 14 of 22 games this season. In the last outing, Texas out-shot Texas Tech 43.4 percent to 40.7 percent from the field. 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), Iowa State (35.1/48.4), Kansas State (37.5/48.1) and Texas (43.4/40.7).

Freshman walk-on Clark Lammert has become a key contributor of late. After making his collegiate debut against Grambling State, Lammert has stepped up in league play. In eight Big 12 games, he is averaging 5.5 points and 1.8 rebounds. He notched 10 points at Texas A&M, chipped in nine points against Iowa State and added a career-high 12 points at Texas. He is shooting 61.9 percent from the field and 82.4 percent from the line in limited action.

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.

Texas Tech extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 37 straight games against Texas after connecting on 4-of-11 against the Longhorns. The last time The Red Raiders did not connect from the 3-point line was against Texas (0-11) a year earlier on Jan. 11, 2011.

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.

Texas Tech head coach Billy Gillispie and the Red Raider basketball team spent the holiday season giving back to the local community. For 12 straight days, the Red Raiders visited area hospitals, worked with local charities and provided a helping hand during the holiday season as a part of Billy Gillispie’s Red Raider 12 Days of Christmas. The Billy Gillispie’s Red Raider 12 Days of Christmas began Dec. 10 and ran through Dec. 21. The team kicked off the season of sharing on Saturday by visiting the Lubbock Heart Hospital and concluded the 12 days by visiting the Texas Tech Police Department.

Date    Event
Saturday, Dec. 10    Lubbock Heart Hospital
Sunday, Dec. 11    Covenant Children’s Hospital
Monday, Dec. 12    UMC Children’s Hospital
Tuesday, Dec. 13    Second Helpings
Wednesday, Dec. 14    Fire Station No. 1
Thursday, Dec. 15    Meals on Wheels
Friday, Dec. 16    Margaret Talkington Learning Center
Saturday, Dec. 17    Ronald McDonald House
Sunday, Dec. 18    Bender Terrace Nursing Home
Monday, Dec. 19    Salvation Army (Ring Bells)
Tuesday, Dec. 20    South Plains Food Bank
Wednesday, Dec. 21    Texas Tech Police




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