February 17, 2014
Texas Tech vs. Kansas | Texas Tech Notes | Kansas Notes | Big 12 Notes
||Tuesday, February 18, 2014 / 7:05 p.m. CT
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||Texas Tech: (RPI: 103) / --/--. KU: (RPI: 1) / (AP: 7) / (Coaches: 7).
||Texas Tech: Tubby Smith (Career: 524-238 in 23 seasons; at Texas Tech: 13-12 in first season). Kansas: Bill Self (Career: 526-170 in 21 seasons; at KU: 319-65 in 11 seasons).
||Kansas leads the series, 25-4. Tubby Smith is 2-3 all-time against KU (2-3 at Kentucky)
TEXAS TECH IN UNPRECEDENTED TERRITORY
Texas Tech (13-12, 5-7) will host No. 7/7 Kansas (19-6, 10-2) at the United Spirit Arena on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Red Raiders have won three of their last four Big 12 games for the first time since 2011. With a win over Kansas, Texas Tech would hold sole possession of seventh place in the league and move to one game under .500 at 6-7 in Big 12 play. It would be the first time since 2008, that the Red Raiders have won six conference games in a season. The Red Raiders are also looking to win three straight home games for the first time since 2010. The last time the Red Raiders won three straight home games in league play was in February, 2010, when Texas Tech topped Iowa State (78-71 on 01/20/10), Oklahoma (75-65 on 01/23/10) and Oklahoma State (81-74 on 02/06/10). The Red Raiders are looking to snap an eight-game losing streak to the Jayhawks, as well as secure their first win over Kansas since 2009. But winning against the Jayhawks will not be easy, as Kansas has won by an average of 81-56 over the eight-game skid. The Red Raiders are also looking to secure its 11th home win of the season for the first time since 2010-11, when Texas Tech went 11-7 at United Spirit Arena.
• Texas Tech has won five 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 (13-12) through 25 games for the first time since starting the 2009-10 season 16-9.
• Texas Tech's RPI of 103 is the highest for the Red Raiders since finishing the 2009-10 season with an RPI of 66.
• Texas Tech is first in the Big 12 and is 24th nationally in free throw percentage (74.7 percent).
• Senior Jaye Crockett is 25th all-time in career scoring with 1,156 points. He needs 18 points to move into 24th place.
Tuesday's meeting is the 30th all-time meeting in the series that Kansas has dominated, 25-4. The Jayhawks lead the series in Lubbock, 9-4. Kansas has won eight straight in the series, including three straight in Lubbock. The Jayhawks have been ranked 25 times when facing the Red Raiders, including 12 of the 13 times in Lubbock. Texas Tech has defeated a ranked Kansas team in Lubbock four times -- 1999 (#15), 2005 (#3), 2007 (#11) and 2009 (#9). The Red Raiders have failed to score 70 points against the Jayhawks in 11 of the last 12 meetings, while Kansas has reached 80 points in eight of the last 11 meetings. The average score during the losing streak has been 81-56 in favor of Kansas. Tuesday's meeting will mark the 21st time Kansas has been ranked in the AP Top 10 when facing the Red Raiders.
THE KANSAS JAYHAWKS
Nationally-ranked Kansas (19-6, 10-2) is currently in first place in the Big 12 and in search of its 20th win of the season. It would mark the 25th consecutive year that the Jayhawks have won 20 games in a season. Kansas has also secured a winning season for 32 consecutive seasons. The last time the Jayhawks failed to have a winning record was in 1983 (13-16) under the direction of Ted Owens. This season, Kansas is averaging 80.1 points per game, which ranks 25th nationally. Leading the way for the Jayhawks is Andrew Wiggins, who chips in 16.1 points and 5.8 rebounds. He is joined in double figures by Perry Ellis (14.0), Joel Embiid (10.7) and Wayne Seldon Jr. (10.3). Kansas has dominated the boards this season, outrebounding its opponents in 21 of 25 games. The Jayhawks average 38.5 rebounds per game. Texas Tech has held its opponents to 29.6 rebounds per game which ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 Conference.
BY THE NUMBERS
Texas Tech is in search of its first three-game winning streak at home in Big 12 play since 2010, when the Red Raiders defeated Iowa State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State ... The Red Raiders have won three games in the month of February for the first time since 2010. Texas Tech has not won four 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 ... Texas Tech is averaging 1.08 points per possession. Last season, the Red Raiders averaged 0.94 points per possession. Tech ranks 60th nationally in points per possession. Kansas ranks 13th at 1.13 points per possession. The Red Raiders are averaging 19.6 seconds per possession, when Kansas is averaging 16.9 seconds per possession ... The Red Raiders are 5-7 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 4-6 in league games decided by 10 points or less. During the previous three seasons, the Red Raiders were 7-13 during Big 12 play ... Jaye Crockett has connected on 16 straight free throw attempts - the longest streak of his career.
CLOSING THE GAP
In Texas Tech's seven Big 12 losses this season, the Red Raiders have lost by an average of 6.6 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 4-7 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.
SPREADING THE MINUTES
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 (27.0), Jordan Tolbert (26.2), Dusty Hannahs (22.6) and Dejan Kravic (20.3). The Red Raiders are also receiving double-digit minutes from Randy Onwuasor (12.0), Jamal Williams, Jr. (11.9), Aaron Ross (10.5) and Kader Tapsoba (10.1). In Big 12 games, Crockett (32.8) and Gotcher (32.8) are all averaging more than 30 minutes per game. Crockett has had 14 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.
FROM BEYOND THE ARC
This season, Texas Tech has struggled at time from 3-point range. During the last four games, Tech has gone 13 of 57 against Iowa State (4-18), 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. Currently from 3-point range, Texas Tech averaging 32.3 (120-371). Dusty Hannahs has paced the Red Raiders from deep, connecting on 15 of 30 (50.0 percent) from long range over the last eight games, dating back to TCU on Jan. 18. For the season, Hannahs has converted 37 of 94 treys (39.4 percent).
Since the start of Big 12 play, Texas Tech has had balanced point distribution. Jaye Crockett leads the way with 16.1 points per game, while Dusty Hannahs comes off the bench for 10.8 points per game, while Robert Turner adds 9.3 points and Toddrick Gotcher chips in 9.1 points. The Red Raiders also get production from Jordan Tolbert (8.8) and Dejan Kravic (6.4). In 12 league games, Texas Tech is shooting 44.4 percent from the field, while hitting for 33.3 percent from deep. Texas Tech leads the league in free throw shooting at 74.7 percent per outing.
STARTERS DOMINATE POINTS & MINUTES
This season, Texas Tech's starting five is contributing 69.6 percent of the team's offense while utilizing 65.6 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.
POINTS IN THE PAINT
Texas Tech is in uncharted territory when it comes to scoring inside. The Red Raiders have netted 875 points in the paint through the first 25 games, averaging a school record 35.0 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 25 games of the 1995-96 season, Texas Tech recorded 873 points (34.3), while the Red Raiders notched 859 points (35.1) through the first 23 games of the 1996-97 season.
THE BOARD SITUATION
Texas Tech has won the battle of the boards in 18 of 25 games this season, including 16 of the last 19 games. The Red Raiders have out-rebounded its opponent by 10 or more boards eight 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 in consecutive games 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). For the season, Texas Tech is averaging 33.6 rebounds per game and has a rebounding margin of +4.0.
SECURING A SELLOUT
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.
1,000 POINTS AND COUNTING
Texas Tech senior Jaye Crockett is the 36th member of the 1,000-Point Club and the 13th member of the 1,000-Point & 600-Rebound Club. After netting 23 at Iowa State, Crockett moved into 25th on the all-time scoring list. Crockett enters the game against Kansas with 1,156 points, 639 rebounds, 104 assists, 98 steals and 65 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).
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. 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 Jayhawks are RPI No. 1 heading into Tuesday's game.
WHAT DAY IS IT?
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 11-8 in night games with three remaining night games on the schedule. For Texas Tech, February has been a lean month over the last five seasons. Texas Tech is 8-34 during that span, including 3-1 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.
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 17 of its last 21 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 76.6 percent from the charity stripe. For the season, Texas Tech has raised its average to 74.7 percent, which ranks first in the Big 12 and 24th nationally. The Red Raiders' 74.7 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
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 74.0 percent this season. Dusty Hannahs has also seen a 100-point jump in shooting from the line. Hannahs has the highest free throw percentage in program history at 91.2 percent after shooting 80.6 percent last season (10.6 percent increase), while Kravic has jumped from 61.1 percent to 73.2, an increase of 12.1 percent and Crockett has seen his percentage rise by 12.9 percent.
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.
IT TAKES TWO TO MAKE THINGS GO RIGHT
Texas Tech is the 26th most prolific scoring team from two-point range this season. The Red Raiders offense nets 57.6 percent of its points off of two-point field goals, while adding 20.2 percent of its offense from 3-pointers and 22.2 percent of its offense from free throws. In all, Texas Tech is 513 of 998 from two-point range (51.4 percent) and provide 41.0 points per game. The Red Raiders have converted 20.2 percent of its offense from beyond the arc. It is the 12th lowest percentage among teams from the Power Conferences, just ahead of Texas (20.1), Marquette (19.9), Kentucky (19.7), Georgia (19.4), St. John's (19.1), USC (18.6), SMU (18.6), North Carolina State (18.1), North Carolina (15.5) and South Florida (14.5). 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 24th in free throw percentage, 59th in 2-point field goal percentage and 257th from deep.
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 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 25 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 11.9 assists, while committing 11.7 turnovers. Last season, the Red Raiders averaged 11.1 assists and 14.7 turnovers.
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 56.2 percent, but he does not meet the minimum requirements. Crockett is converting a league-best mark of 53.8 percent (142-264), while Tolbert is hitting 56.2 percent of his shots and has converted 104 of 185 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 56.2 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 54.0 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.
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 17th member of the 1,000-Point & 500-Rebound Club. Through 85 career games, Tolbert has recorded 933 points, 493 rebounds, 67 blocks, 53 assists and 54 steals. He is now 67 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 25 games, he is averaging 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds, while shooting 56.2 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 54.0 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 74.0 percent (54-73). 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 25th on the scoring list after a career-high 23-point performance at Iowa State. It was his eighth 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 1,156 points, 639 rebounds, 104 assists, 98 steals and 65 blocks. He ranks 10th in career field goal percentage (50.6), 13th in career blocks (65) and 18th in career steals (98).
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 2.7 points and 1.1 rebounds in 19 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.
BLOCK PARTY AT THE USA
The Red Raiders tied the school record with 12 blocks against Texas Southern. It equaled the mark set on Dec. 22, 1998, versus Pepperdine at the Pearl Harbor Shootout in Laie, Hawai'i. Kader Tapsoba led the way with four blocks, while Dejan Kravic and Jordan Tolbert each had two and Robert Turner, Jaye Crockett, Randy Onwuasor and Aaron Ross each had one. Last season, Texas Tech averaged 3.1 blocks per game, but has increased that number to 3.9 per game through 25 games this season.
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 67 career blocks which ranks 12th all-time at Tech, while Crockett has 65, 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.
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. Heading into the game against Kansas, Kravic is averaging 9.7 points and 5.0 rebounds against the Jayhawks. For the season, he is averaging 6.4 points and 4.5 rebounds.
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 15 straight starts. Since then, Gotcher has averaged 8.7 points, 2.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds. For the season, Gotcher is averaging 7.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists.
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 10.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.8 assists, while shooting 43.1 percent from 3-point range in 26.9 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 8.8 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.4 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 2.1 per game. His 91.2 percent would rank sixth nationally. At his current pace, he will surpass Ty Nurse's mark of 90.2 percent from the line, as Hannahs has connected on 91.2 percent of his shots from the charity stripe. His streak of 26 in a row ended against TCU, but Hannahs has made 46 of his last 49 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 29 of 31 (93.5 percent) in Big 12 play.