Dejan Kravic and the Red Raiders will play beffore a sold out United Spirit Arena on Saturday night.
February 7, 2014
Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State | Texas Tech Notes | Oklahoma State Notes | Big 12 Notes
||Saturday, February 8, 2014 / 8:35 p.m. CT
||Lubbock, Texas (United Spirit Arena /15,098)
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||Texas Tech: (RPI: 135) / —/—. OSU: (RPI: 29) / (AP: 19) / (Coaches: 19).
||Texas Tech: Tubby Smith (Career: 522-237 in 23 seasons; at Texas Tech: 11-11 in first season).
OSU: Travis Ford (Career: 310-216 in 17 seasons; at OSU: 120-70 in six seasons).
Oklahoma State leads series, 40-13. Tubby Smith is 1-4 against OSU (1-4 at Tulsa).
RED RAIDERS LOOK FOR TWO STRAIGHT
Texas Tech (11-11, 3-6) hosts No. 19 Oklahoma State (16-6, 4-5) on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at United Spirit Arena. The game was announced as the 11th all-time sellout of the 15-year old arena on Thursday. It is the first sellout since 2007 and the 78th time Texas Tech has had a home crowd of 10,000 fans or more. The last time the Red Raiders face a ranked Cowboy squad in Lubbock in front of a full house, Texas Tech upended No. 6 Oklahoma State, 94-70, on Jan. 17, 2002. A win for Texas Tech on Saturday would mark the second ranked win of the season at home after upending then No. 12 Baylor, 82-72. The Cowboys are mired in a three-game losing streak, while Texas Tech picked up its third league win of the season last Saturday against TCU. Texas Tech’s three league victories equals last year’s Big 12 total. Saturday’s game marks the fourth appearance by the Red Raiders on ESPNU this season. Texas Tech is 2-1 on games played on the network. Oklahoma State has won six straight against Texas Tech and 10 of the last 12 meetings. Texas Tech is in search of its first win over OSU since Jan. 29, 2011, when the Red Raiders outlasted the Cowboys, 75-74, in overtime at the United Spirit Arena.
• With its win over TCU, Texas Tech earn the program’s 1,300th victory. The Red Raiders are 1300-1051 all-time.
• Texas Tech is in search of its fourth conference win of the season, marking the most by the Red Raiders since 2011.
• Texas Tech is looking to win 10 games at home for the 11th time in 13 seasons.
• Texas Tech’s RPI of 135 is the highest for the Red Raiders since finishing the 2009-10 season with an RPI of 66.
• Texas Tech is averaging 77.6 point per game in home games, while allowing just 67.5 points (+10.1).
• Texas Tech is second in the Big 12 and is 34th nationally in free throw percentage (74.5 percent).
• Senior Jaye Crockett moved into 29th all-time in career scoring with 15 against TCU, giving him 1,102 points.
• Jaye Crockett’s 14.4 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 44 of 48 on the season (91.7 percent).
Oklahoma State leads the all-time series, 40-13, while the Cowboys lead the series in Lubbock, 10-8. OSU has won six straight and 10 of the last 12 in the series. The Cowboys enter the game ranked No. 19 nationally. The is the 19th time Texas Tech has faced a ranked Oklahoma State team. The Cowboys are 14-4 against the Red Raiders when ranked. The last time Texas Tech defeated a ranked OSU squad was Feb. 24, 2003 in Stillwater, 62-57.
Oklahoma State is currently ridding a three-game losing streak after falling at Oklahoma (88-76), and at home against Baylor (76-70) and Iowa State (98-97 3OT). The Cowboys have four players averaging in double figures – Marcus Smart (17.3), Markel Brown (17.0), Le’Bryan Nash (14.6) and Phil Forte (12.2). OSU is out-scoring opponents in the first half, 41-31, this season. But in Big 12 play, OSU has been outscored in the first half, 37-36.
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 3-6 this season in games decided by 10 points or less. In the Red Raiders’ three conference wins this season, Texas Tech has won by an average of 9.0 points per game.
SPREADING THE MINUTES
Texas Tech has 10 players averaging double-digit minutes this season, led by Jaye Crockett’s 29.2 minutes per game. In all, six players are averaging more than 20 minutes per game – Crockett, Turner (28.5), Toddrick Gotcher (26.7), Jordan Tolbert (26.0), Dusty Hannahs (22.6) and Dejan Kravic (21.0). The Red Raiders are also receiving double-digit minutes from Randy Onwuasor (12.1), Jamal Williams, Jr. (11.4), Aaron Ross (10.9) and Kader Tapsoba (10.3). In Big 12 games, Gotcher (34.0) and Crockett (32.1) are all averaging more than 30 minutes per game.
FROM BEYOND THE ARC
This season, Texas Tech has struggled at time from 3-point range. Against TCU, Texas Tech converted just 1 of 16 from deep. But over the three previous 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 32.7 (108-330). Dusty Hannahs has paced the Red Raiders from deep, connecting on 11 of 21 (52.4 percent) from long range over the last four games. For the season, Hannahs has converted 35 of 87 treys (40.2 percent).
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.
POINTS IN THE PAINT
Texas Tech is in uncharted territory when it comes to scoring inside. The Red Raiders have netted 787 points in the paint through the first 20games, averaging a school record 35.8 points per game inside. In eight of the 22 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 22 games of the 1995-96 season, Texas Tech recorded 776 points (35.1), while the Red Raiders notched 773 points (35.1) through the first 22 games of the 1996-97 season.
THE BOARD SITUATION
Texas Tech has won the battle of the boards in 15 of 22 games this season, including 13 of the last 16 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 33.7 rebounds per game and has a rebounding margin of +3.8.
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).
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 34.5 percent by hitting 49 of 142 treys through the first nine Big 12 games. Currently, Texas Tech is shooting 32.7 percent from 3-point range for the season. It rates as the fifth 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.
SECURING A SELLOUT
On Thursday, Texas Tech announced a sellout against Oklahoma State. It marks the 11th time in the 15-year history that the United Spirit Arena (15,098) has been sold out. It is the 11th sellout of United Spirit Arena since the facility opened on Nov. 19, 1999. It is also the 17th crowd in excess of 15,000 fans. In all, it is the 78th time in the 15 years of the facility that the crowd has exceeded 10,000 for a men’s basketball game. Texas Tech is 9-4 at the United Spirit Arena this year and is in search of its 10th home win, which would be the most since 2011. The Red Raiders are 157-71 (68.9 percent) all-time in United Spirit Arena.
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 5-42 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.
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 2-4 on Saturday this season. The Red Raiders are also 9-8 in night games with five remaining night games on the schedule. For Texas Tech, February has been a lean month over the last five seasons. Texas Tech is 6-33 during that span. The Red Raiders snapped a 13-game losing streak in the month of February against TCU last Saturday.
KRAVIC FINDS SUCCESS AGAINST TCU
Dejan Kravic likes playing TCU. The 7-0 senior is averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 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 7.2 points and 4.7 rebounds.
IT TAKES TWO TO MAKE THINGS GO RIGHT
Texas Tech is the 25st most prolific scoring team from two-point range this season. The Red Raiders offense nets 57.8 percent of its points off of two-point field goals, while adding 20.4 percent of its offense from 3-pointers and 21.8 percent of its offense from free throws. In all, Texas Tech is 458 of 885 from two-point range (51.8 percent) and provide 41.6 points per game. The Red Raiders have converted 20.4 percent of its offense from beyond the arc. It is the 16th lowest percentage among teams from the Power Conferences, just ahead of 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, 26.6 percent from 3-point range and 22.3 percent from the free throw line. The Red Raiders rank 33rd in free throw percentage, 47th in 2-point field goal percentage and 234th from deep.
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 18 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 76.7 percent from the charity stripe. For the season, Texas Tech has raised its average to 74.5 percent, which ranks second in the Big 12 and 34th nationally. The Red Raiders’ 74.5 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.
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. Against TCU, Tech had 15 assists and 12 turnovers. In all this season, Texas Tech has had a positive or even assist-to-turnover ratio in 14 of 22 games. For the season, Texas Tech has 270 assists and 261 turnovers. Texas Tech has committed fewer turnovers than its opponent in 13 of 22 games this season. Last season, Texas Tech had fewer turnovers than its opponent only seven times all 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.
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 57.8 percent, but he does not meet the minimum requirements. Crockett is converting a league-best mark of 55.3 percent (126-228), while Tolbert is hitting 57.8 percent of his shots and has converted 93 of 161 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 4.2. Tolbert’s 57.8 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 54.3 percent from the field, while Crockett has made 50.7 percent of his shots. Tolbert’s career average ranks fourth all-time at Texas Tech, while Crockett ranks 10th.
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 14 games with double digit assist performances. For the season, Tubby Smith’s Red Raiders have raised the assists per game from 11.0 to 12.3, while decreasing the turnovers from 14.7 to 11.9 in just one season.
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 84 career games, Tolbert has recorded 907 points, 477 rebounds, 65 blocks, 52 assists and 50 steals. He is now 93 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 March 8 against Texas. Through 22 games, he is averaging 11.1 points and 6.0 rebounds, while shooting 57.8 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 54.3 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 29th on the scoring list after a 15-point performance against TCU. He joined the 500-rebound club against South Dakota State and the 600-rebound club at Kansas State. He is the 13th 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 1,102 points, 608 rebounds, 103 assists, 96 steals and 64 blocks. He ranks 10th in career field goal percentage (50.7), tied for 11th in career blocks (62) and 19th in career steals (94).
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.
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. Gotcher added a career-high eight rebounds against TCU. He has moved into the starting rotation since Dec. 18, earning 11 straight starts. Since then, Gotcher has averaged 8.3 points, 2.3 assists and 3.3 rebounds. For the season, Gotcher is averaging 7.3 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists.
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 TCU to secure possession of 10th all-time with 70 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.
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 12.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists, while shooting 45.5 percent from 3-point range in 28.2 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 9.2 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 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 91.7 percent would rank eighth nationally. At his current pace, he will break Ty Nurse’s mark of 90.2 percent from the line, as Hannahs has connected on 91.7 percent of his shots from the charity stripe. His streak of 26 in a row ended against TCU, but Hannahs has made 42 of his last 44 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 21 of 22 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 (9.7 ppg), assists (2.7) and steals (1.23). 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.
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.