Kansas City Lights: Texas Tech Opens Play Against West Virginia
March 12, 2013
Texas Tech Quick Hits
Texas Tech is making its 17th appearance in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. The Red Raiders are 12-16 all-time in the tournament, including 7-7 in the first round.
Tech has improved from 8-23 overall, 1-17 in Big 12 play last season to 10-19 overall, 3-15 in Big 12 play this season.
This is the fourth all-time meeting between the Red Raiders and Mountaineers. WVU has won all three previous meetings, including two this season.
What a difference a day makes. The Red Raiders are 8-7 during weekday games and 2-12 in games played on the weekend.
Jaye Crockett became the first Red Raider to earn Big 12 postseason recognition since 2010, when he was named All-Big 12 Honorable Mention on Sunday.
Jaye Crockett's 6.8 rebounds is the highest single-season rebounding average since Andy Ellis (7.0) in 2002.
Josh Gray is the first freshman to lead the Red Raiders in assists since John Roberson (3.3) did it in 2008 and just the fourth freshman ever - Sean Gay (1985) and Lenny Holly (1993).
Josh Gray's steal average (2.0) is the second highest in program history and ranks second in the Big 12 this season.
Dejan Kravic's 39 blocks this season is the most since D'walyn Roberts had 44 deflections in 2010. Kravic needs two blocks to crack the Texas Tech Single-Season Top 10.
For the seventh consecutive year, Texas Tech will finish the season with a different scoring leader than the previous season. That is a first for the school. Jaye Crockett is also the first scoring leader in Tech history to not start at least half of the team's games.
Texas Tech has gone eight straight games with less than 15 turnovers and less that the team's season average of 14.5 turnovers. It is the first time since Jan. 20-Feb. 23, 2010 (nine-game string) that the Red Raiders have posted such a streak.
Last Saturday's game was the 20th home game of the season of the Red Raiders, which is the most home games of any team in the nation. Arizona State, Arkansas, Hawai'i, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oregon, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Syracuse and Virginia all play 19 home games this season.
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