Red Raiders Travel To Norman In Search of Third Straight

Robert Turner will lead the Red Raiders against Oklahoma on Wednesday.

February 11, 2014

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

Date/Time: Wednesday, February 12, 2014 / 7:00 p.m. CT
Location: Norman, Okla. (Lloyd Noble Center /12,000)
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network from Learfield Sports
     Brian Hanni (Play-By-Play) & Chris Level (Analyst)
Satellite: Sirius (119) / XM (192) -- Oklahoma Broadcast
Television: Big 12 Network / ESPN3 - Mitch Holtus (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
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Rankings: Texas Tech: (RPI: 128) / --/--. OU: (RPI: 22) / (AP: RV) / (Coaches: 25).
Head Coaches: Texas Tech: Tubby Smith (Career: 523-237 in 23 seasons; at Texas Tech: 12-11 in first season). Oklahoma: Lon Kruger (Career: 532-338 in 28 seasons; at OU: 53-34 in three seasons).
Against OU: Oklahoma leads the series, 34-19. Tubby Smith is 0-3 all-time against Oklahoma (0-1 at Texas Tech, 0-2 at Tulsa).

Texas Tech (12-11, 4-6) travels to Norman to take on [RV/25] Oklahoma (18-6, 7-4) on Wednesday at the Lloyd Noble Center.  The Red Raiders look to build off the momentum of two straight wins over TCU (60-54) and No. 19 Oklahoma State (65-61). Texas Tech is also in search of its first win over Oklahoma, since topping the Sooners, 65-47, on Feb. 11, 2012. The Sooners have won four of the last five meetings, including three straight. The Red Raiders are looking for their first win at the Lloyd Noble Center since capturing a 72-71 win over the Sooners on Feb. 9, 2010. Texas Tech has not won three straight league games since stringing together three straight in January, 2011.

Tubby Smith and Lon Kruger have combined to win 1,055 games. Smith has won 523 games in 23 seasons, while Kruger has secured 532 victories over 28 seasons. Smith is 2-2 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, 81-64, in 2007. Oklahoma topped Texas Tech, 74-65, earlier this season.

•    Texas Tech has won two straight Big 12 games for the second time this season, marking the first time since 2010 that the Red Raiders have recorded multiple two-game winning streaks.
•    With its win over Oklahoma State, Red Raiders have now defeated two AP Top 25 teams this season. The last time Texas Tech defeated two AP Top 25 teams in the season was during the 2007-08 season, when the Red Raiders topped No. 10 Texas A&M, 68-63, No. 18 Kansas State, 84-75, and No. 5 Texas, 83-80.
•    Texas Tech is also in search of its fifth conference win of the season, which would be the most league wins since 2011.
•    Texas Tech is looking to win 13 games in a season for the first time since 2011.
•    The Red Raiders are above .500 (12-11) through 23 games for the first time since starting the 2009-10 season 16-7.
•    Texas Tech's RPI of 128 is the highest for the Red Raiders since finishing the 2009-10 season with an RPI of 66.
•    Texas Tech is second in the Big 12 and is 32th nationally in free throw percentage (74.3 percent).
•    Senior Jaye Crockett moved into 26th all-time in career scoring with 21 against Oklahoma State, giving him 1,123 points.

Oklahoma leads the all-time series, 34-19, including 21-5 in Norman. The two teams first met during the All-College Tournament in Oklahoma City on Dec. 27, 1944. The Sooners went on to win that meeting, 61-31, and four of the first five meetings. From 1958-71, the two teams had a standard alternating home-and-home agreement with the host schol primarily winning. The rivalrey was renewed for the 1995-96 season and the two teams have played every year since. Texas Tech has never won more than two-straight in the series, while Oklahoma has two five-game winning streals (1998-00 and 2007-09). The Sooners are 12-7 all-time when facing the Red Raiders as a ranked opponent. Last season, the Sooners swept the series with Texas Tech, including capturing an 86-71 victory in the Hub City. Two years ago, Texas Tech's only Big 12 victory of the season was a 65-47 triumph over Oklahoma at the United Spirit Arena.

Oklahoma (18-6, 7-4) is a team with balanced scoring, as the Sooners have all five starters averaging in double figures. OU is led by Buddy Hield's 17.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He is joined in double figures by Cameron Clark (15.8), Jordan Woodard (11.7), Isaiah Cousins (10.6) and Ryan Spangler (10.6). Spangler also adds 10.0 rebounds per game, while Woodard chips in 4.8 assists per game. Texas Tech is second only to Oklahoma in free throw shooting this season in the Big 12 Conference, as OU is hitting 74.9 percent, while Texas Tech is 74.3 percent from the line. In all, the Sooners are averaging 83.8 points per game, which ranks second in the Big 12 and eighth nationally. Clark has averaged 12.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in the last three meetings with Texas Tech.

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 4-6 this season in games decided by 10 points or less. In the Red Raiders' four conference wins this season, Texas Tech has won by an average of 7.8 points per game.

Texas Tech has 10 players averaging double-digit minutes this season, led by Jaye Crockett's 29.6 minutes per game. In all, six players are averaging more than 20 minutes per game - Crockett, Turner (28.4), Toddrick Gotcher (26.7), Jordan Tolbert (26.0), Dusty Hannahs (22.5) and Dejan Kravic (20.6). The Red Raiders are also receiving double-digit minutes from Randy Onwuasor (12.1), Jamal Williams, Jr. (11.4), Aaron Ross (10.5) and Kader Tapsoba (10.6). In Big 12 games, Gotcher (33.2) and Crockett (32.7) are all averaging more than 30 minutes per game.

This season, Texas Tech has struggled at time from 3-point range.  Against Oklahoma State (4-12) and TCU (1-16), Texas Tech converted just 5 of 28 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 (112-342). Dusty Hannahs has paced the Red Raiders from deep, connecting on 11 of 22 (50.0 percent) from long range over the last four games. For the season, Hannahs has converted 35 of 88 treys (39.8 percent).

Since the start of Big 12 play, Texas Tech has had balanced point distribution. Jaye Crockett leads the way with 16.0 points per game, while Dusty Hannahs comes off the bench for 11.4 points per game and Robert Turner and Jordan Tolbert adds 8.9 points, while Toddrick Gotcher chips in 8.6 points per game and Dejan Kravic another 7.2 points. In 10 league games, Texas Tech is shooting 45.0 percent from the field, while hitting for 34.4 percent from deep. Texas Tech is second the league in free throw shooting at 74.1 percent per outing.

Texas Tech is in uncharted territory when it comes to scoring inside.  The Red Raiders have netted 819 points in the paint through the first 23 games, averaging a school record 35.6 points per game inside. In eight of the 23 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 23 games of the 1995-96 season, Texas Tech recorded 800 points (34.8), while the Red Raiders notched 831 points (36.1) through the first 23 games of the 1996-97 season.

Texas Tech has won the battle of the boards in 16 of 23 games this season, including 14 of the last 17 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 33.3 rebounds per game and has a rebounding margin of +3.1.

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 21 against Oklahoma State, Crockett moved into 26th on the all-time scoring list. Crockett enters the game against OU with 1,123 points, 620 rebounds, 103 assists, 96 steals and 64 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).

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. The Red Raiders added their second win over a Top 25 team with a 65-61 win over Oklahoma State on Feb. 8. Since Bob Knight retired on Feb. 4, 2008, Texas Tech has gone 6-42 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. Oklahoma State was RPI No. 29. The Sooners are RPI No. 22 heading into Wednesday's game.

Texas Tech recorded its first sellout since 2007 against Oklahoma State on Feb. 8. 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 10-4 at the United Spirit Arena this year, which is the most home victories since 2011. The Red Raiders are 158-71 (69.0 percent) all-time in United Spirit Arena.

Largest Red Raider Crowds In United Spirit Arena History

Texas Tech has 10 wins this season, including three on Monday (3-2)  and Saturday (3-4) and two on Friday (2-0). The Red Raiders have at least one win on every other day. Texas Tech is 1-2 on Wednesday this season.  The Red Raiders are also 10-8 in night games with four remaining night games on the schedule. For Texas Tech, February has been a lean month over the last five seasons. Texas Tech is 7-33 during that span. The Red Raiders snapped a 13-game losing streak in the month of February against TCU on Feb. 1. Texas Tech added a second victory in the month of February with its 65-61 win over Oklahoma State on Feb. 8. The two victories in February is the most in the month since winning two in 2010. If Texas Tech tops the Sooners, it would be the most victories in the month since going 4-4 in February, 2008.

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. Heading into the game against Oklahoma, Kravic is averaging 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds against the Sooners. For the season, he is averaging 7.0 points and 4.6 rebounds.

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.

Texas Tech is the 22nd most prolific scoring team from two-point range this season. The Red Raiders offense nets 58.1 percent of its points off of two-point field goals, while adding 20.4 percent of its offense from 3-pointers and 21.5 percent of its offense from free throws. In all, Texas Tech is 479 of 925 from two-point range (51.8 percent) and provide 41.7 points per game. The Red Raiders have converted 20.4 percent of its offense from beyond the arc. It is the 12th lowest percentage among teams from the Power Conferences, just ahead of Pittsburgh (19-6), Texas (19.6), Kentucky (19.4), Marquette (19.3), St. John's (19.2), Georgia (19.1), USC (18.8), SMU (18.4), North Carolina State (17.4), North Carolina (15.1) and South Florida (14.4). 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 37th in free throw percentage, 43rd in 2-point field goal percentage and 241st from deep.

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 19 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 76.4 percent from the charity stripe. For the season, Texas Tech has raised its average to 74.3 percent, which ranks second in the Big 12 and 34th nationally. The Red Raiders' 74.3 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.

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 has also seen a 100-point jump in shooting from the line. Hannahs has the second-highest free throw percentage in program history at 90.0 percent after shooting 80.6 percent last season (9.4 percent increase), while Kravic has jumped from 61.1 percent to 73.0, an increase of 11.9 percent.

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 has recorded 11 positive assist-to-turnover ratios this season and has 14 positive or even ratios overall. In all, Texas Tech has had fewer turnovers than its opponent 13 times in 23 games. Last season, Texas Tech had fewer turnovers than its opponent only seven times all season. The Red Raiders have also committed 10 or fewer turnovers nine times, including a decade-low five against Texas Southern and seven against Oklahoma State. For the season, the Red Raiders are averaging 12.1 assists, while committing 11.7 turnovers. Last season, the Red Raiders averaged 11.1 assists and 14.7 turnovers.

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 57.4 percent, but he does not meet the minimum requirements. Crockett is converting a league-best mark of 55.2 percent (133-241), while Tolbert is hitting 57.4 percent of his shots and has converted 97 of 169 from the field. 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 57.4 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 54.2 percent from the field, while Crockett has made 50.8 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 12.1, while decreasing the turnovers from 14.7 to 11.7 in just one season.

Jordan Tolbert is on pace to become the 37th member of the Texas Tech 1,000-Point Club and the 17th member of the 1,000-Point & 500-Rebound Club. Through 85 career games, Tolbert has recorded 916 points, 478 rebounds, 67 blocks, 52 assists and 51 steals. He is now 84 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 23 games, he is averaging 11.0 points and 5.7 rebounds, while shooting 57.4 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 54.2 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 74.3 percent (52-70).  Tolbert is a career 66.7 percent free throw shooter.

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 26th on the scoring list after a 21-point performance against Oklahoma State. It was his seventh career 20-point game. 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 1,123 points, 620 rebounds, 103 assists, 96 steals and 64 blocks. He ranks 10th in career field goal percentage (50.8), tied for 13th in career blocks (64) and 19th in career steals (94).

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. Against Oklahoma State, Tolbert recorded a career-best in Big 12 games with seven points in 21 minutes off the bench.

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, 2.1 assists and 3.3 rebounds. For the season, Gotcher is averaging 7.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

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 67 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.

Dusty Hannahs has embraced his roll as the team's Sixth Man of late, as the sophomore is averaging 111.4  points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists, while shooting 44.4 percent from 3-point range in 27.5 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 9.0 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists.

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 1.9  per game. His 90.0 percent would rank 16th nationally. At his current pace, he is just short of Ty Nurse's mark of 90.2 percent from the line, as Hannahs has connected on 90.0 percent of his shots from the charity stripe. His streak of 26 in a row ended against TCU, but Hannahs has made 43 of his last 46 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 22 of 24 (91.7 percent) in Big 12 play.

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.

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 recorded its second win over an AP Top 25 team, as the Red Raiders topped the No. 19 Cowboys, 65-61, on Feb. 8. Jaye Crockett led the way for the Red Raiders, as the senior recorded his 16th career double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds. In all, nine different Red Raiders scored to secure the win, snapping a six-game losing streak to the Cowboys. It is the first time since 2008, that Texas Tech has defeated two Top 25 opponents in the same season.

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 (9.4 ppg), assists (2.7) and steals (1.39). 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.  Against Oklahoma State, Turner recorded a career-high five steals, including two during the final moments of the game to help secure the win. 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. He is second in the Big 12 with 1.39 steals per game and 15th in assists (2.7)

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. The Red Raiders added a seven-turnover performance against Oklahoma State, including committing just two in the second half in the upset.

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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