Jaye Crockett is one of four seniors playing in their last game at United Spirit Arena.
March 7, 2014
|Texas Tech vs. Texas | Texas Tech Notes | Texas Notes | Big 12 Notes
||Saturday, March 8, 2014 / 3:05 p.m. CT
||Lubbock, Texas (United Spirit Arena / 15,098)
||Texas Tech Sports Network from Learfield Sports
Brian Hanni (Play-By-Play) & Chris Level (Analyst)
||Sirius (85) / XM (85) — Texas Tech Broadcast
||WatchESPN / ESPNews – Mark Neely (Play-By-Play); Rich Zvosec (Analyst)
||Suddenlink (502), AT&T U-Verse (604), Direct TV (207), Dish (142)
|On The Web:
||Live in-game statistics and other coverage can be found at www.texastech.com
||Texas Tech: (RPI: 116) / —/—. Texas: (RPI: 26) / (AP: RV) /(Coaches: RV).
||Texas Tech: Tubby Smith (Career: 524-243 in 23 seasons; at Texas Tech: 13-17 in first season). Texas: Rick Barnes (Career: 582-297 in 27 seasons; at Texas: 380-163 in 16 seasons).
||Texas leads the series, 80-52. Tubby Smith is 0-2 all-time against Texas.
The Last Meeting
January 11, 2014
Texas Tech Edged By Texas, 67-64
Jaye Crockett and Robert Turner each scored 19 points for Texas Tech, but the Red Raiders fell to Texas 67-64 in a tight game Saturday night.
RED RAIDERS HOST SENIOR DAY AGAINST TEXAS
Texas Tech will close out the regular season with Senior Day, as the Red Raiders host Texas (22-8, 11-6) on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. at United Spirit Arena. This is the 133rd all-time meeting in the series, which dates back to 1939. From 1939-87, Texas Tech controlled the series, 42-31, but since then Texas has won 49 of 59. In fact, the Red Raiders are looking for their first win over the Longhorns since 2008 in Lubbock and just their fourth since the formation of the Big 12. The Red Raiders will recognize four seniors at the game on Saturday — Jaye Crockett, Dejan Kravic, Kader Tapsoba and Jamal Williams. Crockett, Kravic and Tapsoba have all graduated and are currently working towards their master’s degrees. Williams is projected to graduate this spring. The last time these two teams met in Austin, the Longhorns escaped with a 67-64 win over Texas Tech. The Red Raiders missed two game-winning shots in the final 18 seconds and came up short in their upset bid. The last two meetings in Lubbock have gone to overtime — 2012 (L, 67-71) and 2013 (L, 69-71). Texas Tech will look to win its first regular season finale since winning at Iowa State, 63-61, to close out the 2006-07 season. The Red Raiders have not won a regular season finale at home since 2003-04.
• Texas Tech is 3-13 against RPI Top 50 teams this year and 10-4 against everyone else (51 and above). The Red Raiders have faced the RPI Top 50 in 10 of the last 11 games.
• The Red Raiders have won five Big 12 games for the first time since 2010-11.
• With its win over then No. 25 Oklahoma, the 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.
• Texas Tech’s RPI of 116 and strength of schedule of 35 are the highest for the Red Raiders since finishing the 2009-10 season with an RPI of 66 and a strength of schedule of 17.
• Jaye Crockett moved past Ronald Ross into 24th on the all-time scoring list at Texas Tech and now has 1,190 points.
Texas leads the all-time series with Texas Tech, 80-52, which dates back to 1939. The Longhorns lead the all-time series in Austin, 45-21, while the series is tied 28-28 in Lubbock. Texas has controlled the series since joining the Big 12, as the Longhorns are 35-3 against the Red Raiders since 1997. The last time Texas Tech defeated Texas was with an 83-80 victory on March 1, 2008, in Lubbock. The last time Texas Tech won in Austin was on Feb. 24, 1996, when the Red Raiders pulled out a 75-58 win over the Longhorns.
BY THE NUMBERS
Texas Tech is 1-5 in games decided by five points or less and 5-10 in games decided by 10 points or less. Texas Tech had gone 17-23 in games decided by 10 points or less over the previous three seasons. This season, Tech is 4-9 in league games decided by 10 points or less. During the previous three seasons, the Red Raiders were 7-13 during Big 12 play ... Texas Tech is No. 1 (68.1 points) and Texas is No. 5 (71.4 points) in scoring defense in Big 12 games ... The Red Raiders won three games in the month of February for the first time since 2010 ... Texas Tech is 11-2 when leading at the half ... Texas Tech is 12-1 when leading with 5:00 to play in the game ... The Red Raiders are 7-5 when holding their opponent under 70 points this season ... Texas Tech is averaging 1.052 points per possession. Last season, the Red Raiders averaged 0.94 points per possession. Tech ranks 102nd nationally in points per possession. Texas is 129th with 1.041 points per possession. At home, Texas Tech’s production is even higher, as the Red Raiders average 1.127, which is the 49th best average in the nation. The Longhorns average 0.979 points per possession in road games. The Red Raiders are averaging 19.6 seconds per possession, while Texas is averaging 16.8 seconds per possession.
BUILDING A FOLLOWING
As the year began, Texas Tech’s attendance had dipped since last season, but especially over the last four seasons. But as the season went along, the Red Raiders began to draw a following, as Texas Tech produced multiple Top 25 upsets and ended several droughts of futility. Tubby Smith has created a new style and brand of Red Raider Basketball and fans have begun to notice. Saturday’s game against Texas will mark the fourth straight crowd in excess of 10,000 to see the Red Raiders at United Spirit Arena. After the game on Saturday, Texas Tech will have had four straight crowds over 10,000 for the first time since 2009. The Red Raiders also set a new single-game student attendance record against Kansas State with 6,086 fans. Since the Baylor game on Jan. 15, Texas Tech is averaging 11,031 fans per game at home. Prior to that, the Red Raiders where averaging 5,153 fans per game. Smith’s Red Raiders have doubled its attendance average since Jan. 15.