Texas Tech Looks For Four Straight In Ames

Senior Forward Jaye Crockett has helped key the Red Raiders three-game Big 12 winning streak.

February 14, 2014

Texas Tech vs. Iowa State | Texas Tech Notes | Iowa State  Notes | Big 12 Notes

Date/Time: Saturday, February 15, 2014 / 12:47 p.m. CT
Location: Ames, Iowa (Hilton Coliseum / 14,384)
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network from Learfield Sports
     Brian Hanni (Play-By-Play) & Chris Level (Analyst)
Satellite: Sirius (119) / XM (192) -- Iowa State Broadcast
Television: Big 12 Network / ESPN3 - Brad Sham (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
Live Stats: http://www.texastechstats.com/
Rankings: Texas Tech: (RPI: 107) / —/—. ISU: (RPI: 22) / (AP: 11) / (Coaches: 14).
Head Coaches: Texas Tech: Tubby Smith (Career: 524-237 in 23 seasons; at Texas Tech: 13-11 in first season). Iowa State: Fred Hoiberg (Career: 80-44 in four seasons; at ISU: Same).
Against ISU: Iowa State leads the series, 13-11. Tubby Smith is 1-1 all-time against Iowa State (0-1 at Tech, 1-0 at Minnesota).

Texas Tech (13-11, 5-6) hits the road for the second straight game, as the Red Raiders take on No. 11/14 Iowa State (18-5, 6-5) at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa. The Red Raiders have won three straight Big 12 games for the first time since 2011. With a win over Iowa State, Texas Tech would move into a tie for sixth place in the league and move to .500 at 6-6 in Big 12 play. It would be the first time since 2008, that the Red Raiders have won six conference games in a season. A win would also mark the first time since February, 2005, that Texas Tech has won four straight games in conference. The last time the Red Raiders won back-to-back road games was in January, 2005, when Texas Tech topped Kansas State (79-76 on 01/12/05) and Missouri (78-62 on 01/19/05). The Red Raiders are looking to snap a two-game losing streak to the Cyclones, as well as secure their first win in Ames since 2011. But winning at Hilton Coliseum will not be easy, as the Cyclones are 43-4 over the last three seasons. The only loss at home this season for Iowa State was a 77-70 setback to No. 15 Kansas on Jan. 13. Overall, the Cyclones lead the series, 13-11, including an 8-3 mark in Ames, Iowa.

•    Texas Tech has won three straight Big 12 games for the first time since 2011.
•    With its win over Oklahoma, Red Raiders have now defeated three USA Today Top 25 teams this season. The last time Texas Tech defeated three USA Today 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. 22 Kansas State, 84-75, and No. 5 Texas, 83-80.
•    Texas Tech is also in search of its sixth conference win of the season, which would be the most league wins since 2008.
•    Texas Tech is looking to win 14 games in a season for the first time since 2010.
•    The Red Raiders are above .500 (13-11) through 24 games for the first time since starting the 2009-10 season 16-8.
•    Texas Tech’s RPI of 107 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 35th nationally in free throw percentage (74.3 percent).
•    Senior Jaye Crockett is 26th all-time in career scoring with 1,133 points. He needs 15 points to move into 25th place.

Saturday’s meeting will mark the 25th all-time meeting between Iowa State and Texas Tech, with the Cyclones leading the series, 13-11. Texas Tech holds the advantage in Lubbock, 7-4, including 6-2 in the last seven meetings. But Iowa State leads the series, 8-3 in Ames. Texas Tech is 0-5 all-time against Iowa State, when the Cyclones are ranked in the AP Top 25. Iowa State has won two straight and four of the last five meetings. Earlier this year in Lubbock, Iowa State topped Texas Tech, 73-62.

Nationally ranked Iowa State jumped out to a 12-0 start to begin the season, but has since gone 6-5 in Big 12 play. The 12-game winning streak to start the season is the second longest streak in Iowa State history. It also marks the second time in program history that the Cyclones have concluded non-conference play undefeated. Iowa State, who is ranked No. 11 in the AP and No. 14 in the Coaches, is the most potent offense in the Big 12, averaging a league-best 84.7 points per game. Saturday’s game will mark the 11th time this season the Red Raiders have faced an RPI Top 40 team. Iowa State currently has an RPI of 11. The Cyclones are led by Melvin Ejim, who is averaging 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Other key contributors are Georges Niang (16.2 ppg), DeAndre Kane (15.9 ppg) and Dustin Hogue (11.1 ppg).

Texas Tech is in the midst of a three-game winning streak in league play. It is only the eighth time since joining the Big 12 that the Red Raiders have won three consecutive league games ... The Red Raiders have only had four four-game winnings streaks during conference play (1998, 2002, 2004, 2005). Texas Tech has never won five straight league games ... The Red Raiders have won two games in the month of February for the first time since 2010. Texas Tech has not won three conference games in the month of February since going 4-4 in 2008 ... Texas Tech is 12-1 when leading at the half. The Red Raiders only win this season when trailing at the half came at TCU on Jan. 6 ... Texas Tech is 12-0 when leading with 5:00 to play in the game ... The Red Raiders are 7-2 when holding their opponent under 70 points this season, including 3-1 over the last four games ... Texas Tech is averaging 1.08 points per possession. Last season, the Red Raiders averaged 0.94 points per possession. Tech ranks 54th nationally in points per possession. Iowa State ranks 22nd at 1.11 points per possession ... The Red Raiders are 5-6 in games decided by 10 points or less this season. Texas Tech has gone 17-22 in games decided by 10 points or less over the previous three seasons. This season, Tech is 4-5 in league games decided by 10 points or less. During the previous three seasons, the Red Raiders were 7-13 during Big 12 play.

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’ five 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 29.9 minutes per game. In all, six players are averaging more than 20 minutes per game – Crockett, Turner (28.5), Toddrick Gotcher (26.6), Jordan Tolbert (26.0), Dusty Hannahs (22.7) and Dejan Kravic (20.3). The Red Raiders are also receiving double-digit minutes from Randy Onwuasor (12.0), Jamal Williams, Jr. (12.0), Aaron Ross (10.5) and Kader Tapsoba (10.6). In Big 12 games, Crockett (33.1) and Gotcher (32.4) are all averaging more than 30 minutes per game. Crockett has had 13 30-minute games this season. It is the most 30-minute games by a Red Raiders since Ty Nurse had 19 30-minute games in 2011-12. The most minutes played per game during the Big 12 Era was by Jarrius Jackson, who averaged 38.0 minutes per game and recorded 30 30-minute games during the 2006-07 season.

This season, Texas Tech has struggled at time from 3-point range.  During the three-game win streak, Tech  has gone 9 of 39 against Oklahoma (4-11), Oklahoma State (4-12) and TCU (1-16). 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 32.9 (116-353). Dusty Hannahs has paced the Red Raiders from deep, connecting on 15 of 28 (53.6 percent) from long range over the last seven games, dating back to TCU on Jan. 18. For the season, Hannahs has converted 37 of 92 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 11.3 points per game and Robert Turner adds 9.5 points. The Red Raiders also get production from Jordan Tolbert (8.7),Toddrick Gotcher (8.6) and Dejan Kravic (6.7). In 11 league games, Texas Tech is shooting 45.1 percent from the field, while hitting for 34.5 percent from deep. Texas Tech is second the league in free throw shooting at 74.3 percent per outing.

This season, Texas Tech’s starting five is contributing 71.9 percent of the team’s offense while utilizing 70.6 percent of the team’s minutes during Big 12 play. Last season, Texas Tech’s starters contributed  53.7 percent of the team’s offense, while committing to 56.0 percent of Texas Tech’s minutes.

Texas Tech is in uncharted territory when it comes to scoring inside.  The Red Raiders have netted 849 points in the paint through the first 23 games, averaging a school record 35.4 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 24 games of the 1995-96 season, Texas Tech recorded 842 points (34.3), while the Red Raiders notched 831 points (35.1) through the first 23 games of the 1996-97 season.

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.

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

After early struggles from the free throw line, Texas Tech has caught a groove. The Red Raiders have shot 70 percent or better in 16 of its last 20 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 76.1 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 35th 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.

Five 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 74.6 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 90.7 percent after shooting 80.6 percent last season (10.1 percent increase), while Kravic has jumped from 61.1 percent to 73.0, an increase of 11.9 percent and Crockett has seen his percentage rise by 11.3 percent.

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 57.9 percent of its points off of two-point field goals, while adding 20.3 percent of its offense from 3-pointers and 21.8 percent of its offense from free throws. In all, Texas Tech is 497 of 962 from two-point range (51.7 percent) and provide 41.4 points per game. The Red Raiders have converted 20.3 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.

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 14 times in 24 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 12.0 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 56.8 percent, but he does not meet the minimum requirements. Crockett is converting a league-best mark of 54.4 percent (135-248), while Tolbert is hitting 56.8 percent of his shots and has converted 100 of 176 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 56.8 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 54.2 percent from the field, while Crockett has made 50.6 percent of his shots. Tolbert’s career average ranks fourth all-time at Texas Tech, while Crockett ranks 10th.

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 923 points, 484 rebounds, 67 blocks, 53 assists and 54 steals. He is now 77 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 24 games, he is averaging 10.7 points and 5.6 rebounds, while shooting 56.8 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 54.2 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 74.6 percent (53-71).  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 1,133 points, 628 rebounds, 104 assists, 96 steals and 65 blocks. He ranks 10th in career field goal percentage (50.6), 13th in career blocks (65) and 19th in career steals (96).

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. He then followed it up with six points in nine minutes at Oklahoma.

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.

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 Iowa State, Kravic is averaging 6.7 points and 4.3 rebounds against the Cyclones. For the season, he is averaging 6.8 points and 4.5 rebounds.

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 8.4 points, 2.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds. For the season, Gotcher is averaging 7.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists.

Dusty Hannahs has embraced his roll as the team’s Sixth Man of late, as the sophomore is averaging 11.3 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists, while shooting 44.9 percent from 3-point range in 27.4 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.

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.




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