Men's Basketball Takes on Texas A&M|
Feb. 20, 1998
ABOUT TEXAS TECH:
Three consecutive heartbreaking losses have left Texas Tech at 12-11 overall, 6-7 in the Big 12 heading into Saturday's matchup at Texas A&M.
ABOUT TEXAS A&M:
Texas A&M, still searching for its first Big 12 win of the season, is 6-17 overall, 0-13 in the Big 12.
Winners of seven straight in the series, Texas Tech owns a 50-45 series edge over its instate counterpart.
TEXAS TECH TENTATIVE LINEUP:
No. P Name Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown PPG RPG Notes 13 F Cliff Owens 6-8 245 So. Santa Fe, Texas 9.8 7.7 Among Big 12 leaders in rebounds 25 C Johnny Phillips 6-8 225 Fr. Fort Worth, Texas 5.1 3.2 Rookie started last 11 games 3 G Rayford Young 5-11 175 So. Pampa, Texas 16.2 3.9 Team-high 103 assists 15 G Stan Bonewitz 6-3 195 Jr. San Antonio, Texas 12.7 5.0 18 points against Oklahoma State 21 G Cory Carr 6-4 210 Sr. Kingsland, Ark. 24.3 5.2 Double figures 44 straight games
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 Career-high 9 points vs. A&M 40 G Andrew Patterson 6-3 185 So. Artesia, N.M. 0.4 0.6 Walk-on has played in 10 games 42 F Da'Mon Roberts 6-7 215 Sr. Dallas, Texas 3.9 2.8 First start of season at Colorado 44 G Archie Myers 6-3 190 Sr. Fort Worth, Texas 4.0 1.7 10 points against UT last Saturday 51 C Ross Carmichael 6-10 240 So. Dallas, Texas 3.5 4.4 Team-high 23 blocks this year
ALL-AMERICA CANDIDATE CORY CARR:
Senior guard Cory Carr of Kingsland, Ark., is on track to win the Big 12 scoring title for the first two years of the league's existence. The 6-4 swingman is averaging 24.3 points overall, 25.1 in conference games. Carr has scored in double figures the last 44 games, including a 33-point performance Wednesday against Oklahoma State. The All-America candidate has scored 20 or more points 18 times this season. He also leads the Big 12 in free throw shooting with 88.8 percent, a school-record pace.
Texas Tech, playing two of the last three on the road, is at Nebraska on Wednesday, Feb. 25 at 7:05 p.m. CT. The Red Raiders conclude the regular season at home next Saturday, Feb. 28 against Oklahoma at 12:45 p.m. CT on Big 12 T.V.
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 131-69 record, a winning percentage of .655.
LAST TIME OUT:
Brett Robisch sank two free throws with three seconds left in overtime and Doug Gottlieb blocked Stan Bonewitz' shot as Oklahoma State claimed an 83-81 win in Lubbock.
TECH-OSU GAME NOTES:* Cory Carr reached the 30-point mark for the sixth time in 1997-98.
* Cory Carr fouled out for the first time in his career - 111 games.
* Oklahoma State swept the regular-season series after Tech did the same last year. The contest in Lubbock last season also went OT - a 70-64 Red Raider win. All told, the four games between the teams in Big 12 play have been decided by an average margin of five points.
* Cory Carr tied his second high of five three-pointers.
* Tech lost for only the second time in 13 games when shooting a higher percentage than its opponent.
* Brett Robisch tied a season high for the most individual points allowed by the Red Raiders.
* Andrew Patterson was not on the bench due to an illness to his grandmother.
Tech's three-game skid matches the team's longest of the season. The Red Raiders lost three straight to open the season to SMU, TCU and Old Dominion. Texas Tech also lost three straight early in the Big 12 campaign against Oklahoma State, Baylor and Texas.
The Red Raiders have lost their last two home games, a first since early in the 1993-94 season against New Mexico and Wisconsin. Prior to the losses to Texas and Oklahoma State, Tech had not dropped two straight conference games in the Coliseum since the 1992-93 season against Baylor and Rice.