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March 6, 2012

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Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship
Game 31 • Texas Tech (8-22, 1-17 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma State (14-17, 7-11 Big 12)
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 • 8:30 p.m. CT • Kansas City, Mo. (Sprint Center • 18,972)

Television: Big 12 Network & ESPN3.com / KMYL TV-14 (Lubbock)
    Dave Armstrong (PxP), Reid Gettys (Analyst) & Holly Rowe (Reporter)
Radio: TTSN (104.3 FM Lubbock Flagship)
     Mark Finkner (PxP) & Andy Ellis (Analyst)
Satellite: SXM (191)/Sirius (93)/XM (191)

Texas Tech: Billy Gillispie
Record at School: 8-22 (1st Season)
Overall record: 148-107 (8th Season)

Oklahoma State: Travis Ford
Record at School: 79-54 (4th season)
Overall record: 269-200 (14th season)

• Texas Tech closed out the regular season with a 81-59 loss to No. 7/8 Missouri.
• Oklahoma State fell to Kansas State in Manhattan in the season finale, 77-58.
• The Texas Tech-Oklahoma State winner will advance to play Missouri on Thursday at 6 p.m.
• Today's game is available on the Big 12 Network and ESPN3.com. Dave Armstrong (Play-by-Play), Reid Gettys (Analyst) and Holly Rowe (Reporter) are on the call.
• Oklahoma State won both meetings between the two schools, taking an 67-59 victory in Stillwater and walking away with an 80-63 victory in Lubbock.

• This is the 51st meeting between the Cowboys and the Red Raiders. The two first met at the Charity Cage Tournament in Oklahoma City on Jan. 1, 1937. OSU leads the all-time series, 37-13. This is the sixth meeting between the two schools in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship. OSU has won four of the five meetings in conference post-season play.

• Oklahoma State is 14-17 on the season and finished league play at 7-11.
• The Cowboys have lost five of their last seven games and have won just three of 16 games away from Stillwater this season.
• Keiton Page leads OSU with 16.8 points and 2.1 assists, while Le'Bryan Nash adds 13.3 points and 5.0 rebounds and Markel Brown chips in 10.5 points and 5.2 rebounds.

Texas Tech and the Big 12 Championships
Texas Tech will be making its 16th appearance in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championships. When the Red Raiders square off with Oklahoma State, it will mark the 28th game Texas Tech has played in at the event. The Red Raiders are 12-15 in the Big 12 Championship. The Red Raiders have reached finals once (2005), the semifinals four times (2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005) and the quarterfinals nine times (1997, 2002-07, 2009 and 2010). Texas Tech's game against Oklahoma State will mark the 13th time the Red Raiders have played in the first round. The Red Raiders are  7-6 in first round games. Texas Tech has faced Oklahoma State six time in the tournament, with its lone victory over the Cowboys coming in the quarterfinals in 2002. The Red Raiders have face potential quarterfinal opponent Missouri three times in the event with the Tigers winning all three matchups.

Red Raiders in Conference Tournaments
Since 1976, Texas Tech has appeared in 35 conference tournaments in either the Southwest Conference (1976-96) or the Big 12 Conference (1997-2011).  During that span, the Red Raiders have played in 74 games and reached the championship game seven times. Texas Tech is 44-30 in those games, winning five Southwest Conference Postseason Tournament Championships (1976, 1985, 1986, 1993 and 1996). Texas Tech was 30-17 in Southwest Conference tournament action and is 12-15 in Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship action.

Just Three Have Been There
Only three currently players on the Texas Tech Roster have participated in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship - senior Robert Lewandowski, redshirt sophomore Jaye Crockett and sophomore Javarez Willis. Lewandowski has appeared four games, but has played sparingly. In 28 minutes of play, he has recorded 10 points and nine rebounds. Lewandowski was injured at the Sprint Center last year in Texas Tech's game against Missouri and only played two minutes. Crockett saw 12 minutes of action against Missouri in last year's Big 12 Championship. He finished with two points, four rebounds, one assist and a block. Willis also played in last year's first round game against Missouri, recording an assist and a steal in 10 minutes of play.

Billy Gillispie at the Big 12 Championships
Texas Tech head coach Billy Gillispie is in his second stint as a head coach in the Big 12 Conference.
He coached Texas A&M from 2004-07. He went 1-3 in the Big 12 Championships with Texas A&M. The Gillispie-led Aggies went 0-1 against Oklahoma State, losing to the Cowboys ,57-56, in the 2007 edition of the event. Overall, Gillispie is 5-7 in conference tournaments, going 3-3 in two seasons at UTEP and 1-2 in two seasons at Kentucky. For his coaching career, Gillispie is 3-6 against Oklahoma State - 3-4 at Texas A&M and 0-2 at Texas Tech.

Last time out against Missouri, the starting lineup was Ty Nurse, Javarez Willis, Luke Adams, Robert Lewandowski and Jordan Tolbert. This is the sixth time this season this lineup has been used and one of 12 different starting lineups used this season.

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 42.3 percent of the Red Raider offense this season, while playing 43.3 percent of the team's minutes.

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.

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 6.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. For his career, Lewandowski has played in 125 games, starting 78 for the Red Raiders. He is fifth all-time in career field goal percentage (51.3 percent) and sixth in career blocks (101). 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 29 games, starting three. He is averaging 8.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and has recorded three double-doubles this season. He is second on the team in rebounds (161), second in blocks (22) 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.

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 69.8 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 18 conference games this season.

Texas Tech's Jaye Crockett has elevated his play since Big 12 Conference play began on Jan. 4. In the 18 league games this season, Crockett has scored in double figures 10 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 added a 17-point, eight-rebound effort against Missouri. Crockett now has 17 career double-digit scoring efforts, with 13 coming this season. He is averaging 8.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game this season and 10.7 points and 6.0 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.

Jordan Tolbert is tied for the lead among all Big 12 freshmen this season in rebounds (5.7 rpg) and leads in field goal percentage (51.5 pct.). He is third among league freshmen in scoring at 11.4 points per game. Overall, Tolbert ranks 11th 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 30 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.

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 751 career points, 442 career rebounds and 101 career blocks. Against Missouri, Lewandowski moved past former Red Raider Andy Ellis (1998-02) for sixth all-time in career blocks. He has connected on 321 of 626 career shots for a 51.3 percent field goal percentage, which ranks fifth all-time at Texas Tech. This season, Lewandowski is averaging 6.8 points and 3.6 rebounds a game. He has scored eight or more points in 13 of the team's 30 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 125 career games with 78 career starts. He ranks sixth in career games played at Texas Tech. Next on the career games list is Alan Voskuil, who played in 127 games from 2004-08.

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.

For the 17th time this season, the Red Raiders saw 10 players enter the lineup against Missouri. 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, eight scored for the Red Raiders, including Jaye Crockett's 17 points to lead Texas Tech.

Texas Tech has out-shot its opponent from the field in 18 of 30 games this season. In the last outing, Texas Tech shot 54.9 percent to Missouri's 50.9 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).

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 six times this season. The Red Raiders are eighth in the Big 12 in free throw attempts (19.0 per game). On the season, Texas Tech is 400 of 571 from the line (70.1 percent).

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 37). Tolbert is sixth on the freshman scoring list with 341 points. Next on the list is Koy Smith (1992-93/343). His freshman points per game average of 11.37 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 171. Next on the list is Rick Bullock (1972-73/202).

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.

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 seven games, Willis has averaged 11.0 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.0 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 43 of 53 from the charity strip this season. His 81.1 percent from the line is second on the squad to Ty Nurse. Willis is fourth in scoring (8.2), second in assists (55) and 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 30 games this season.

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.

Texas Tech extended its streak of consecutive games with a 3-pointer to 45 straight games against Missouri after connecting on 4 of 7 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, Luke Adams each connected on 2-of-3 from beyond the arc.

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 13 occasions. Over the last three games, Nurse has averaged 10.2 points, 2.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds. He has been an ironman of late, playing 32 minutes or more in eight of the last 10 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 25 of 29 games this season. Nurse is second on the team in scoring at 8.9 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 2.0 made free throws per game.

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. Against Missouri on Saturday, Adams recorded his seventh start and added 11 points, two rebounds and an assist in 34 minutes. In 22 games, the 5-9 walk-on has recorded seven starts and averaged 4.1 points, 1.0 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 19.4 minutes of play per game.

Texas Tech has been up and down all season when it comes to 3-point shooting. Only six 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), 45.5% (Baylor) and 57.1 (Missouri). For the season, the Red Raiders are 138 of 381 from beyond the arc (35.8 percent). Ty Nurse leads the way, hitting on 45 of 115 attempts (39.1 percent) from 3-point range.

After ranking as high as eighth in the nation in field goal percentage, the Red Raiders struggled in Big 12 play, shooting just 39.7 percent from the field. During the non-conference portion of the schedule, Texas Tech connected on 49.9 percent of its shots. Through the first seven games of conference play, the Red Raiders shot just 35.5 percent. Over the last 11 games, Texas Tech has shot 42.3 percent from the field, raising the conference shooting percentage to 39.7 percent. The Red Raiders have shot better that 40 percent in eight of its last 11 games. Texas Tech is 150th in the nation in field goal percentage (43.8 percent), but did you know that Texas Tech ranks 343rd in shot attempts (47.4 attempts per game)? The Red Raiders are making on average 20.8 field goals per game, which ranks 325th out of the 344 schools in the NCAA Division I. The Red Raiders rank seventh in the Big 12 Conference in field goal percentage, 10th in shot attempts and shots made.

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 15 Big 12 games, he is averaging 3.3 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 55.6 percent from the field and 76.0 percent from the line in limited action.

Terran Petteway had a career-high 10 rebounds against Texas on Feb. 25. 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 3.3 points and 2.1 rebounds in 27 games and 11 starts.

Texas Tech is seventh in the Big 12 Conference in field goal percentage through 30 games, as the Red Raiders have hit on 43.8 percent of its shots from the field. The Red Raiders are 150th 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 seven of 30 games this season. Only two teams in the nation shoot better than 50 percent from the field.

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 seven 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).

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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