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March 2, 2012

Texas Tech Notes | Baylor Notes | Big 12 Notes | ESPN3.com


Game 30 • Texas Tech (8-21, 1-16 Big 12) vs. [7/8] Missouri (26-4, 13-4 Big 12)
Saturday, March 3, 2012 • 3:00 p.m. CT • Lubbock, Texas (United Spirit Arena • 15,020)

THE BROADCAST
Television: Big 12 Network & ESPN3.com / KJTV Fox34 (Lubbock)
   Brad Sham (PxP) & Rich Zvosec (Analyst)
Radio: TTSN (104.3 FM Lubbock Flagship)
   Mark Finkner (PxP) & Andy Ellis (Analyst)
Satellite: SXM (192)/Sirius (94)/XM (192) - Tech

COACHES
Texas Tech: Billy Gillispie
Record at School: 8-21 (1st Season)
Overall record: 148-106 (8th Season)

Missouri: Frank Haith
Record at School: 26-4 (1st season)
Overall record: 155-105 (8th season)

THE OPENING TIP
• Texas Tech fell to No. 9/10 Baylor on Monday, 77-48.
• No. 7/8 Missouri topped Iowa State, 78-72, in Columbia on Wednesday.
• Today’s game is available on the Big 12 Network and ESPN3.com. Brad Sham (Play-by-Play) and Rich Zvosec (Analyst) are on the call.
• The last time Texas Tech and Missouri squared off, the Tigers won, 63-50. Kim English had 22 points and Marcus Denmon added 19 to lead Missouri. Texas Tech was paced by Ty Nurse’s 13 points and Jaye Crockett’s 11-point, 11-rebound double-double.

TEXAS TECH-MISSOURI SERIES
• This is the 23rd meeting between the Tigers and the Red Raiders. The two first met on Dec. 5, 1955 in Columbia, Mo. Missouri leads the all-time series 15-7.
• Texas Tech leads the series in Lubbock, 6-2.
• Missouri has topped Texas Tech in each of the last six meetings and seven of the last eight.
• This will be the last time Texas Tech will play in Lubbock against Mizzou as a member of the Big 12 Conference. The Tigers will move to the Southeastern Conference next season.

ABOUT MISSOURI
• Missouri is currently 26-4 on the season and 13-4 in Big 12 play. The Tigers are ranked No. 7 by the AP and No. 8 by the coaches poll.
• Missouri has clinched the No. 2 seed in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship.
• Marcus Denmon leads Mizzou with 18.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. Three other Tigers are also scoring in double figures – Kim English (13.9 ppg/4.3 rpg), Ricardo Ratliffe (13.9 ppg/7.2 rpg) and Michael Dixon (13.3 ppg/3.2 apg).

FROM THE START
Last time out against Baylor, the starting lineup was Terran Petteway, Ty Nurse, Javarez Willis, Robert Lewandowski and Jordan Tolbert. This is the eighth time this season this lineup has been used and one of 12 different starting lineups used this season. It is also the most used starting lineup this season.

A YOUTH MOVEMENT
Texas Tech features the youngest roster in the Big 12 Conference this season and one of the youngest squads in the nation with seven freshmen and three sophomores. Entering the season, only three players on the roster had played in a Division I basketball game – senior Robert Lewandowski, sophomore Jaye Crockett and sophomore Javarez Willis. Of the 12 players who have played this season, there are only two are upperclassmen – Lewandowski and junior Ty Nurse. The seven freshmen have produced 42.6 percent of the Red Raider offense this season, while playing 43.4 percent of the team’s minutes.

PAIRING SET FOR BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
Texas Tech will be the No. 10-seed in the 2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship. The Red Raiders will face the No. 7-seeded Oklahoma State Cowboys at 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Sprint Arena in Kansas City, Mo. It will be the third meeting of the season between the two schools. The Cowboys won the first meeting in Stillwater, 67-59, on Jan. 4. OSU completed the sweep on Jan. 31, when the Cowboys picked up an 80-63 road win in Lubbock. Texas Tech is 12-15 all-time in the Big 12 Championship. The Red Raiders are 7-6 in first round games at the Big 12 Championship.

TWO NAMED ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12
Texas Tech senior Robert Lewandowski and redshirt sophomore Jaye Crockett have been named to the Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball Team, the league office announced Thursday. Lewandowski, a 6-10 senior from Overland Park, Kan., was named to the first team. It is his second straight appearance on the Academic All-Big 12 first team. He was a second team selection as a sophomore. He is one of 11 players from the Big 12 selected to the first team. Lewandowski is has started 28 games this season, chipping in 6.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. For his career, Lewandowski has played in 124 games, starting 77 for the Red Raiders. He is fifth all-time in career field goal percentage (51.5 percent) and tied for sixth in career blocks (100). Jaye Crockett, a 6-7 redshirt sophomore from Clovis, N.M., was named to the second team. He was one of nine players from the Big 12 selected to the second team. Crockett has played in 28 games, starting three. He is averaging 8.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and has recorded three double-doubles this season. He is second on the team in rebounds (153), third in blocks (21) and first in steals (24). First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA while the second team selections hold a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA. To qualify, student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of their team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.

POINTS OFF TURNOVERS
Turnovers have been a struggle for the Red Raiders this season, as Texas Tech has committed 17.1 per game. One by-product of turnovers are opponents’ points off of turnovers. In Big 12 games this season, the Red Raiders are allowing 19.5 points per game off of turnovers. Texas Tech opponents are averaging 70.0 points per game in league play, meaning 27.9 percent of their offensive output is the result of turnovers. Against Oklahoma, the Red Raiders bucked the trend, committing a season-low seven turnovers and allowing just four points off of turnovers. Texas Tech has also recorded 14 or less turnovers in seven of 17 conference games this season.

CROCKETT STEPS UP IN LEAGUE PLAY
Texas Tech’s Jaye Crockett has elevated his play since Big 12 Conference play began on Jan. 4. In the 17 league games this season, Crockett has scored in double figures nine times and notched nine points in three other outings. He notched his second career double-double at Oklahoma and had a career-best 19-point effort at Texas A&M. His 19 points eclipses his previous best effort of 14 points against North Texas on Nov. 16, 2010. He added double-doubles against Missouri (11 points and 11 rebounds) and Oklahoma State (16 points and 14 rebounds). He chipped in a 17-point, seven-board effort off the bench at Iowa State and followed that up with a game-high 16 against Texas. Crockett now has 16 career double-digit scoring efforts, with 12 coming this season. He is averaging 8.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game this season and 10.3 points and 5.9 rebounds in Big 12 games. His 14 rebounds against Oklahoma State were a career best and the most by a Red Raider since Brad Reese had 16 against Texas-Arlington on Dec. 22, 2010.

TOLBERT LEADS BIG 12 FRESHMEN
Jordan Tolbert leads all Big 12 freshmen this season in rebounds (5.8 rpg) and field goal percentage (51.5 pct.). He is third among league freshmen in scoring at 11.6 points per game. Overall, Tolbert ranks 10th in rebounding. He has scored in double figures 15 times this season, including a season-high 27 twice — once at TCU on Dec. 6 and once against CSU-Bakersfield on Dec. 27. It was the most by a Tech freshman since John Roberson went for 28 against Northwestern State on Dec. 29, 2007. It is the second highest scoring mark by a Red Raider freshman in the Big 12 Era. He also netted 20 points against Indiana State at the Old Spice Classic, 22 against Grambling State and 21 against Oral Roberts. Tolbert has pulled down five rebounds in 18 of 28 games this season and had a his first double-double at Oklahoma State with 13 points and 13 rebounds. He added 10 rebounds at Oklahoma. He also notched a game-high 19 points against Baylor, just missing his sixth 20-point game of the season. He has recorded five 20-point games as a freshman, which has only been recorded one other time in the last 20 years at Texas Tech by a freshman. He also did it four times in a row, which was last done by Jarrius Jackson in November, 2006. He was named the Big 12 Conference player of the Week for the Week of Dec. 26-Jan. 1, after averaging 19.0 points and 4.0 rebounds, while shooting 78.9 percent from the field.

LEWANDOWSKI’S CAREER NUMBERS
Senior Robert Lewandowski has been a steady stalwart for the Red Raiders for the last four years. Against Oklahoma on Jan. 17, he recorded his 400th rebound. He has 742 career points, 437 career rebounds and 100 career blocks. His blocks rank tied for sixth all-time at Texas Tech with former Red Raider Andy Ellis (1998-02). He has connected on 317 of 616 career shots for a 51.5 percent field goal percentage, which ranks fifth all-time at Texas Tech. This season, Lewandowski is averaging 6.7 points and 3.6 rebounds a game. He has scored eight or more points in 12 of the team’s 29 games this season. Lewandowski also recorded his first career 3-pointer in just his third career attempt against Southeastern Louisiana. It was 61 games between his first 3-point attempt against UTEP on Jan. 3, 2010 and his first career make against Southeastern Louisiana. The 6-10 Lewandowski has played in 124 career games with 77 career starts. He ranks sixth in career games played at Texas Tech.

TOLBERT CLIMBS FRESHMAN CHARTS
Freshman Jordan Tolbert has led the Red Raiders in scoring and rebounding for the majority of the season. His efforts have seen him climb into the Texas Tech freshman record book (see page 32). With his 19 points against Baylor, Tolbert moved into sixth on the freshman scoring list with 336 points. He passed Texas Tech great Jason Sasser (1992-93/317). Next on the list is Koy Smith (1992-93/343). His freshman points per game average of 11.59 ranks sixth all-time at Texas Tech, while his field goal percentage of 51.5 percent ranks fifth. Tolbert is fourth in single-season freshman rebounds with 169. Next on the list is Rick Bullock (1972-73/202). Tolbert has averaged 17 points and 7.5 rebounds over the last two games.

PLAYING 10 AGAINST TEXAS
For the 15th time this season, the Red Raiders saw 10 players enter the lineup against Texas. On six occasions, nine players have seen action in a game, six times 12 players have played and once time each seven and eight have entered the rotation. Of the 10 players who saw action, seven scored for the Red Raiders, including Jordan Tolbert’s 19 points to lead all scorers.

3-POINT STREAK EXTENDS TO 44 STRAIGHT
Texas Tech extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 44 straight games against Baylor after connecting on 5 of 11 against Baylor. The last time The Red Raiders did not connect from the 3-point line was against Texas (0-11) a year earlier on Jan. 11, 2011. Ty Nurse, Javarez Willis, Luke Adams and Clark Lammert each hit from 3-point range against the Bears.

FROM THE LINE
Texas Tech shot 92 percent from the free throw line (23 of 25) against North Texas. It is the highest output since connecting on 23 of 24 last season against TCU (95.8 percent). The Red Raiders connected on nine consecutive free throws over the final 3:04 to secure the victory.  At Kansas on Feb. 18, Texas Tech converted 8-of-8 from the line. It is the first time the Red Raiders have been perfect from the line since connecting on 8-of-8 against Nebraska on Feb. 6, 2007. Conversely, against Texas A&M, the Red Raiders failed to convert a free throw on two attempts. It is the first time in the Big 12 Era, that Texas Tech has not made a free throw in a game. Texas Tech has failed to attempt 10 free throws in a game in three of the last four games, marking six times this season the Red Raiders have not shot 10 free throws in a game. The Red Raiders are eighth in the Big 12 in free throw attempts (19.2 per game). On the season, Texas Tech is 391 of 557 from the line (70.2 percent).

FROM THE FIELD
Texas Tech has out-shot its opponent from the field in 17 of 29 games this season. In the last outing, Baylor bested Texas Tech from the field by connecting on 54.7 percent from the field to the Red Raiders’ 35.4 percent. The Red Raiders have been out-shot by DePaul (42.3/46.6), Baylor (39.6/48.9), Kansas (31.4/50.9), Texas A&M (33.3/47.8), Oklahoma (32.6/38.9), Iowa State (35.1/48.4), Kansas State (37.5/48.1), Texas (43.4/40.7), Kansas State (28.9/30.0), Kansas (40.9/56.3), Iowa State (49.0/45.7) and Baylor (54.7/35.4).

WAGNER DONE FOR SEASON
Lubbock native Kevin Wagner  suffered a season-ending knee injury on Feb. 4 in Austin against Texas. Had a breakout performance on Jan. 25 against Kansas State. The 5-8 freshman, played in 18 games this season, starting six for the Red Raiders. He averaged 2.5 points, 1.4 assists and just under a rebound per game for the season. He had a breakout performance against Kansas State in Lubbock, when he netted 16 points, dished out four assists and had a pair of steals and rebounds in 37 minutes.

WILLIS STEPS UP PLAY AGAIN
Javarez “Bean” Willis is one of three returning players from last year’s squad who has started 28 of 29 games this season. Over the last six games, Willis has averaged 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Against Kansas, Willis led the Red Raiders in scoring for the seventh time this season, as he chipped in 17 points. Two games earlier, Willis recorded a career high with 21 points and five rebounds against Oklahoma on Feb. 11, while playing on a sprained ankle. Earlier in the season, he had a streak of 27 consecutive free throws. For the season, he has converted 42 of 51 from the charity strip this season. His 82.4 percent from the line is second on the squad to Ty Nurse. Willis is third in scoring (8.5), leads in assists (54) and is second in 3-pointers made (38). He is also second on the team in minutes played. He has recorded nine or more points 16 times this season. He had 16 points against Cal State-Bakersfield thanks in large part to a season-high four 3-pointers. He tied that mark at Oklahoma after connecting on another four treys. Willis followed up that outing with a team-best 15 points against Southeastern Louisiana and another 11 against Oklahoma State. He has also dished out at least two assists in 16 of 29 games this season.

REBOUNDING ON THE ROAD
Texas Tech has out-rebounded four of nine Big 12 opponents on the road this season – Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Missouri, but came up short against Texas, Kansas State, Kansas, Iowa State and Baylor. In Stillwater, the Red Raiders out-boarded the Cowboys, 38-27 (+11). In College Station, Texas Tech pulled down 36 rebounds to Texas A&M’s 28 (+8). In Norman, Tech edged OU, 37-34 (+3). In Columbia, The Red Raiders topped the Tigers, 31-27 (+4). At Texas, the Red Raiders were out-rebounded 41-25 (-16) and came up short against Kansas State, 40-34 (-6). In Lawrence, the Jayhawks won the battle of the boards, 32-21 (-11). At Iowa State, the Cyclones topped Tech, 35-25, on the glass. In Waco, the Bears recorded 37 boards to the Red Raiders’ 25.

LEWANDOWSKI’S SECOND HALF SURGE
Against Oklahoma on Feb. 11, Robert Lewandowski was struggling from the field. He started the game a mere 1-for-11. But then the 6-10 senior from Overland Park, Kan., went 7-for-8 from the field the rest of the way to lead Texas Tech to its first conference win of the season. Lewandowski scored 12 points during Texas Tech’s 17-5 run in the second half to secure the win. He finished the day connecting on 8-of-19 shots from the field. The 19 attempts were a career high for Lewandowski. He had just two points at halftime.

NURSE HEATS UP
Ty Nurse has the ability to be an offensive threat each time he steps on the floor. He has led the team is scoring five times this season and scored in double figures on 12 occasions. Over the last three games, Nurse has averaged 9.8 points, 3.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds. He has been an ironman of late, playing 32 minutes or more in seven of the last nine games, including 40-minutes three times. Nurse leads the team with 30.4 minutes per game. He had a remarkable debut, chipping in 29 points. He has scored in 24 of 28 games this season. Nurse is second on the team in scoring at 8.8 points per game, while chipping in 1.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He is an 90.2 percent foul shooter, connecting on 55 of 61 from the charity strip this season. He has had streaks of 13 straight and 27 straight free throws made this season. He currently has the sixth highest free throw percentage in the nation, but it just misses out on qualifying as the nation’s top charity stripe shooter. A player must make 2.5 free throws per game to qualify and Nurse currently is averaging 2.2 made free throws per game.

LUKE STEPS UP IN A BIG WAY
Walk-on Luke Adams stepped onto the court against Grambling State not only playing in his second career game, but making his first career start. The freshman from Big Spring, Texas, who is deaf, connected on his first four shots of the game (all 3s) to spark a 27-2 Texas Tech run against the Tigers. He earned his second career start at Oral Roberts, chipping in with four points and four assists. Then at Kansas State, Adams came off the bench to net 15 points to lead to Red Raiders. He earned his third career start against Oklahoma and played 35 minutes, recording six points, three rebounds and two assists. He notched his fourth start against Texas A&M, playing 40 minutes with three points and four assists. In 21 games, the 5-9 walk-on has recorded six starts and averaged 3.8 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 18.7 minutes of play per game.

UP AND DOWN FROM THREE
Texas Tech has been up and down all season when it comes to 3-point shooting. Only five times this season have the Red Raiders put together back-to-back games of 35 percent or better from 3-point range. Here is a look at how the Red Raiders have fared this season — 43% (Troy), 18.2% (North Texas), 54.5% (Stephen F. Austin), 22.2% (Indiana State), 50% (DePaul), 30% (Wake Forest), 44.4% (Texas A&M-CC), 25% (TCU), 42.1% (Grambling State), 14.3% (Oral Roberts), 50% (Bakersfield), 40% (SE Louisiana), 31.3% (OSU), 37.5% (Baylor), 9.1% (Kansas), 36.4% (Texas A&M), 50% (Oklahoma), 27.8% (Iowa State), 23.1% (Kansas State), 44.4% (Missouri), 36.4% (OSU), 36.4% (Texas), 28.9% (Kansas State), 28.6% (Texas A&M), 50% (Kansas), 43.8% (Iowa State), 14.3% (Texas) and 45.5% (Baylor). For the season, the Red Raiders are 134 of 374 from beyond the arc (35.8 percent). Ty Nurse leads the way, hitting on 43 of 112 attempts (38.4 percent) from 3-point range.

FROM THE FIELD
After ranking as high as eighth in the nation in field goal percentage, the Red Raiders struggled through the first seven games of Big 12 play, shooting just 35.5 percent from the field. Over the last eight games, Texas Tech has shot 40.8 percent from the field. The Red Raiders have shot better that 40 percent in six of its last 10 games. Texas Tech is 167th in the nation in field goal percentage (43.5 percent), but did you know that Texas Tech ranks 343rd in shot attempts (47.6 attempts per game)? The Red Raiders are making on average 20.7 field goals per game, which ranks 327th out of the 344 schools in the NCAA Division I. The Red Raiders rank eighth in the Big 12 Conference in field goal percentage, 10th in shot attempts and shots made.

LAMMERT ADDS DEPTH
Freshman walk-on Clark Lammert has become a key contributor of late. After making his collegiate debut against Grambling State, Lammert has stepped up in league play. In 14 Big 12 games, he is averaging 3.4 points and 1.7 rebounds. He notched 10 points at Texas A&M, chipped in nine points against Iowa State and added a career-high 12 points at Texas. He is shooting 53.8 percent from the field and 76.0 percent from the line in limited action.

PETTEWAY CRASHES THE BOARDS
Terran Petteway had a career-high 10 rebounds against Texas last Saturday. His previous best was five against Troy (11/11/11) and at Oklahoma (01/17/12). He also played a game-high 43 minutes, finishing with six points on 3-of-8 shooting. He has scored six or more points eight times this season, including a career-best 13 versus DePaul. For the season, the freshman is averaging 3.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 26 games and 11 starts.

SHOOTING FOR AVERAGE
Texas Tech is sixth in the Big 12 Conference in field goal percentage through 29 games, as the Red Raiders have hit on 43.5 percent of its shots from the field. The Red Raiders are 167th nationally in field goal percentage this season. Tech has hit 60 percent or better in a game three times this season — Troy (61.1 percent), Stephen F. Austin (62.9 percent) and CSU-Bakersfield (60.0 percent). When Texas Tech shot 61.1 percent from the field (33 of 54) against Troy in the opener, it eclipsed the highest percentage of any game last season. The highest percentage last season was 58.8 percent (30-of-51) against Delaware State on Jan. 4. Two games later against Stephen F. Austin, the Red Raiders connected on their first six shots of the game to take a 15-5 lead. Texas Tech connected on 14 of 17 shots from the field in the first half (82.4 percent) and hit four of five 3-pointers (80 percent). The Red Raiders finished the game hitting 62.9 percent from the field. It is the best shooting performance by Tech in the last three years, eclipsing the 62.1 percent the Red Raiders shot against Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 22, 2008. The Red Raiders added their third 60 percent shooting performance against Cal State-Bakersfield, as Texas Tech connected on 24 of 40 shots, including 7-of-14 from 3-point range. In all, the Red Raiders have shot better than 50 percent in six of 29 games this season. Only two teams in the nation shoot better than 50 percent from the field.

TURNING UP THE DEFENSE
Texas Tech recently held back-to-back opponents to under 50 points – Oklahoma (47) and Texas A&M (47). It is the first time since 2007, when Tech held Stephen F. Austin (44) and Alaska-Anchorage (47) under 50 points. It is the first time since 1987 that the Red Raiders have held two conference opponents under 50 points. That year, Texas Tech held Texas to 46 points and TCU to 48 points. The Red Raiders have also held four of its last six opponents under 40 percent shooting from the field – Kansas State (30.0 percent), Oklahoma (32.7 percent), Texas A&M (34.0 percent) and Texas (39.3).

A TRIPLE NOTE
There have been 11 triple-doubles performed this year in the NCAA by Keegan Bell (Chattanooga), Jesse Sanders (Liberty), T.J. McConnell (Duquesne), Jake Odum (Indiana State), Kareem Jamar (Montana), Scott Machado (Iona), D.J. Cooper (Ohio), Kenny Gabriel (Auburn), Shabazz Napier (Connecticut), Royce White (Iowa State) and Peter ‘PJ’ Roberson (Grambling State). Did you know that Texas Tech is the only school to face three of these athletes – Odum, White and Roberson? Texas Tech faced Liberty’s Jesse Sanders last season.


 

 

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