Feb. 13, 1998
ABOUT TEXAS TECH
Texas Tech (12-9, 6-5) returns home for back-to-back Big 12 Conference games. Tech, winners of four of its last five and five of the last seven, hosts Texas (10-13, 4-7) at 3:01 p.m. C.T. Saturday on ESPN Regional. Texas Tech is in a four-way tie for fourth in the Big 12 with Kansas State, Colorado and Baylor. The Red Raiders' four-game win streak ended Wednesday at Colorado in double-overtime, 91-80. All-America candidate Cory Carr leads the Big 12 in scoring (24.1). Tech's talented trio of guards also includes Rayford Young (16.6), who averages 4.3 assists a game. Long-range threat Stan Bonewitz (12.6) is shooting 40.8 from three-point range while averaging 3.0 treys. Tech's leading rebounder with 8.0 a game, Cliff Owens (9.8) is expected to be ready for Texas after missing the CU game with a concussion.
Texas, which starts two freshmen, a sophomore and two juniors, is 10-13 overall, 4-7 in the Big 12. The 1997-98 campaign has been an up-and-down season for the Longhorns, who have endured injuries and struggled on the road. After advancing to the Sweet 16 last year, head coach Tom Penders' team has never won more than two consecutive games all season. UT dropped its first four Big 12 games. Kris Clack leads the team with 16.7 points per game. Texas boasts three of the Big 12's most promising freshmen in 7-0 center Chris Mihm, 6-9 long-range threat Luke Axtell and talented guard Bernard Smith. Mihm is leading the team with 7.3 rebounds. Axtell is averaging 14.5 points while shooting 45.1 percent from three-point range.
Texas Tech leads the all-time series against the Longhorns, 50-47. UT won the first meeting this year, 88-79, in Austin behind 17 points from Luke Axtell and a terrific defensive effort from DeJuan Vazquez on Cory Carr. The Red Raiders, who hold a 28-12 advantage in Lubbock, have won the last five meetings in the Hub City, including a 72-70 victory last year. Tech head coach James Dickey is 7-9 versus the Horns, 5-1 in the Coliseum. UT coach Tom Penders is 15-7 versus Texas Tech and 4-5 in Lubbock.
TEXAS TECH TENTATIVE LINEUP
No. P Name Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG Notes
42 F Da'Mon Roberts 6-7 215 Sr. Dallas, Texas 4.1 2.8 Made first start of season at CU
25 C Johnny Phillips 6-8 225 Fr. Fort Worth, Texas 4.7 2.9 Scored 10 points against A&M
3 G Rayford Young 5-11 175 So. Pampa, Texas 16.6 3.7 20 points 4 times in last 5 games
15 G Stan Bonewitz 6-3 195 Jr. San Antonio, Texas 12.6 4.9 Double figures last 9 games
21 G Cory Carr 6-4 210 Sr. Kingsland, Ark. 24.1 5.2 Played all 50 minutes at Colorado
TEXAS TECH RESERVES
00 G Kevin Clayton 6-4 175 Fr. Amarillo, Texas 0.0 0.0 Expected to redshirt
5 G/F Brock Barnes 6-5 195 Sr. Perryton, Texas 1.4 1.6 Canned three treys against A&M
13 F Cliff Owens 6-8 245 So. Santa Fe, Texas 9.8 8.0 Missed CU game with concussion
40 G Andrew Patterson 6-3 185 So. Artesia, N.M. 0.4 0.6 Walk-on has played in 10 games
44 G Archie Myers 6-3 190 Sr. Fort Worth, Texas 3.7 1.7 Averaged 6 minutes last 3 games
51 C Ross Carmichael 6-10 240 So. Dallas, Texas 3.6 4.4 5 rebounds off the bench at CU
ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE CORY CARR
On track to being the Big 12's leading scorer for two consecutive seasons, national player of the year candidate Cory Carr is averaging 24.1 points per game overall and 24.9 in league play. The 6-foot-4 Kingsland, Ark., shooting guard has scored 20 or more points 17 times in 21 games this year. He has scored 30 or more points five times, including three times in Big 12 games. His career-high 39 points against Southwestern Louisiana are the most scored by any Big 12 player this season. Carr has scored in double figures in 42 consecutive games.
Texas Tech hosts head coach Eddie Sutton's Oklahoma State Cowboys next Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. CT in the 8,174-seat Lubbock Municipal Coliseum. OSU won the first meeting in Stillwater, 66-63. Tech is then back on the road for consecutive games away from home at Texas A&M (Feb. 21) and Nebraska (Feb. 25). The Red Raiders conclude the regular season at home (Feb. 28) against Oklahoma at 12:45 p.m.
HEAD COACH JAMES DICKEY
A 1976 graduate of Central Arkansas, Texas Tech head men's basketball coach James Dickey is in season number seven guiding the Red Raiders. He has a 131-67 record, a winning percentage of .662. Dickey was named Tech's head coach on April 10, 1991 after serving one year for the Red Raiders as an assistant under longtime coach Gerald Myers. Over the last three-plus seasons, Tech is 81-30 for a .736 winning mark. Dickey has earned district coach of the year honors four times and has been conference coach of the year on three occasions. He has guided Tech to two NCAA Tournaments, including the '96 Sweet 16. Before his arrival at Tech as an assistant coach in 1990-91, Dickey previously worked at Kentucky (1986-89) and Arkansas (1982-85) as an assistant under Eddie Sutton.
LAST TIME OUT
Colorado's Charlie Melvin and Ronnie DeGray combined for 39 points and 35 rebounds to lead the Buffaloes in a 91-80 double-overtime win in Boulder. Tech shot only 37.5 from the floor and 32.3 from three-point range. Cory Carr scored a game-high 28 points for the Red Raiders. Tech, outrebounded 62-39, were playing without Cliff Owens due to a concussion. The Buffaloes limited Tech to no field goals in the second overtime while outscoring the Red Raiders, 16-5, in the final period. For the game, CU made 27 of 33 free throws.
COLORADO-TEXAS TECH GAME NOTES
- The 91 points scored by Colorado are the most allowed by Tech in a Big 12 game.
- The Red Raiders played in their first overtime game of the season in Big 12 action and the first in double-overtime since 1994-95 in a 67-64 loss at Temple.
- Charlie Melvin's 19 rebounds are the most by a Tech opponent this season. * Cory Carr, who played a career-high 50 minutes, tied his season high of five three-pointers.
- Da'Mon Roberts, starting for the injured Cliff Owens, made his first start since last year's Southern Mississippi game in the season opener.
TECH'S TERRIFIC TRIO
Texas Tech's outstanding guard combination of Cory Carr, Stan Bonewitz and Rayford Young are scoring 53.3 points per game and account for 68.5 percent of the Red Raiders' offensive production. Combined, the threesome has made 151 of Tech's 160 three-pointers. They have also attempted 405 of Tech's 437 treys this year.
Cory Carr didn't come off the floor at Colorado, playing all 50 minutes. He leads the Big 12 in minutes played with 37.4 per game. Stan Bonewitz averages 35.9, while Rayford Young is right behind with 35.8. Bonewitz and Young each played 48 minutes at CU. Carr and Bonewitz also played all 40 minutes at Oklahoma, the only time this season two players have played the entire game. The trio is among the top five in the Big 12 in minutes played. No other Big 12 team has two players in the top five in playing time, much less, three.
FREE THROW PERCENTAGE
Texas Tech ranks third in the Big 12 Conference in free throw shooting at 70.0 percent. Over the last three games, Tech is shooting 80.9 from the stripe. Cory Carr (88.5) ranks first in the league, while Rayford Young (85.2) is second. Tech struggled early this season from the line, shooting 59.1 percent after three games. Since then, Tech has been better than 90 percent twice, 80 percent three times and 70 percent five times. Tech shot 93.3 (14-of-15) against New Mexico and 92.9 (26 of 28) against Baylor (1/13). Texas Tech made 80.8 (21-of-26) percent against Nevada, where the Red Raiders made their last 16 attempts - including all 12 in overtime.
CARR FROM THE CHARITY STRIPE
For the first time all season, Cory Carr missed three free throws, going 3-for-6 from the line at Colorado. Prior to Wednesday, Carr had missed as many as two free throws in only three games. The Big 12's leading free throw shooter, Carr is making 88.5 percent of his tries from the charity stripe. He is on track to break Gerald Myers' single-season mark of 86.9, set in 1957-58. The senior swingman has been 8-for-8 from the line in three games this season and 8-for-9 in five other games.
Texas Tech made drastic second-half comebacks at Oklahoma and Baylor. At OU, the Red Raiders erased a 13-point halftime deficit and were down by 14 early in the second half. Tech also erased OU's nine-point lead in the final 2:13 of the game. Just three days earlier at Baylor, the Red Raiders were behind five points at halftime and by 11 with 13:31 to play in the game. Five times this year Tech has come back to win after being down by nine or more points:
HITTING THE 3
Texas Tech has relied heavily on the three-point shot, especially in recent games. The Red Raiders have hit 10 or more treys in the last three games and five times overall this season. Tech has hit six or more 3's in 18 games (the last 13 straight), including in every conference game this season. Texas Tech is shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc, 38.8 in conference games. The Red Raiders are averaging 7.6 treys overall, a league-high 8.5 in conference games. Over the last five games, Texas Tech has averaged 9.8 three-pointers while shooting 38.9 percent from long range.
SHOOTING IS THE KEY
How Tech has performed from the field has been the most solid indicator of how the team fares on the scoreboard. Tech is 11-1 when shooting a higher field goal percentage than its opponents, 1-8 when the Red Raiders do not. Tech has shot 50% or better only three times in its 11 league games. Overall, Tech has hit 50 percent of its shots seven times this season and is undefeated in all of those games.
ON THE BOARDS
For the first time in Big 12 action this season, Texas Tech outrebounded two consecutive opponents. Tech had a four-rebound margin over Texas A&M and and was plus-five against Oklahoma. That changed at Colorado when the Buffs ballooned to a 62-39 advantage. Charlie Melvin and Ronnie DeGray (35) almost had as many rebounds together as the entire Texas Tech unit combined. Texas Tech trails its opponents by a 3.7 rebound margin, which ranks last in the Big 12. The Red Raiders have been outrebounded 14 times in 21 games this year.
BIG AT HOME
Texas Tech's Red Raiders have won three straight at home, with two of the victories over Missouri (20) and Texas A&M (27) coming by 20 or more points.
Texas Tech's recent four-game win streak is the team's longest regular-season streak in Big 12 action. The Red Raiders also won four consecutive games against conference teams last season, beating Texas, Missouri and Texas A&M in the regular season and Kansas State in the Big 12 tourney.