Texas Tech Hosts Northern Arizona Monday Night At 7 PM

Jaye Crockett and the Red Raiders take on Northern Arizona Monday at 7 p.m.

November 10, 2013

Texas Tech vs. Northern Arizona | Texas Tech Notes | Northern Arizona Notes
Date/Time: Monday, November 11, 2013 / 7 p.m.
Location: Lubbock, Texas (United Spirit Arena / 15,098)
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network from Learfield Sports
     Brian Hanni (Play-By-Play) and Chris Level (Analyst)
Satellite Radio: None
Television: FOX Sports Southwest
     Robert Giovannetti (Play-by-Play), John Harris (Analyst)
Channel: Suddenlink (220), AT&T U-Verse (753), Direct TV (676), Dish Network (416)
On The Web: Live in-game statistics and other coverage can be found at www.texastech.com
Live Stats: www.texastechstats.com
Rankings: Texas Tech: None. Northern Arizona: None.
Head Coaches: Texas Tech: Tubby Smith (Career: 512-226 in 23rd season; At Tech: 1-0 in first season.)
Northern Arizona: Jack Murphy (Career: 11-21 in second season; At NAU: same.)

Against NAU: Texas Tech is 33-5 all-time vs. NAU; Tubby Smith is 0-0 all-time vs. NAU.

Texas Tech looks to start 2-0 for the third consecutive year and the fifth time in the last six seasons, as the Red Raiders host Northern Arizona University on Monday at the United Spirit Arena. Texas Tech enters the game 1-0 on the season after kicking off the start of the Tubby Smith Era with a 76-61 win over Houston Baptist on Friday at the USA. Northern Arizona is coming off of a 74-63 victory at UTSA on Saturday in San Antonio. Texas Tech and Northern Arizona where conference mates from 1933-53 in the old Border Conference. During that time, the Red Raiders dominated the series, 31-5. Overall, Texas Teach leads the series, 33-5, and 19-0 in Lubbock.

Tubby Smith WINS DEBUT
Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith made his Red Raider debut on Friday as the 16th head coach in program history. Smith led Texas Tech to a 76-61 win over Houston Baptist to improve to 1-0 on the season and 512-226 in 23 seasons as a head coach at Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky, Minnesota and Texas Tech. He has won 20-or-more games in 19 seasons and made 17 trips to the NCAA Tournament, including capturing the 1998 NCAA title while with Kentucky. He has also made nine Sweet Sixteen appearances, four Elite Eight appearances. Smith is looking to become just the second coaching in NCAA history to take five different teams to the NCAA Tournament, joining Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger. He is also one of only seven active coaches with 500 career wins and a National Championships.

Jordan Tolbert opened the 2013-14 season with a powerful double-double, carding 16 points and 12 rebounds against Houston Baptist. He was 8 of 14 from the field with four dunks, three on offensive putbacks. It was his third career double-double and the 34th career time that Tolbert has scored in double figures in his Texas Tech career. Friday’s game also marked the 63rd consecutive game that Tolbert has scored. For his career, Tolbert has averaged 10.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, while shooting 53.2 percent from the field.

Northern Arizona is a member of the Big Sky Conference. The Lumberjacks were picked to finish seventh in the league by the media and ninth by league coaches. Jack Murphy is in his second season as the Lumberjack head coach. He led NAU to an 11-21 record last season. Northern Arizona returns just four players from last season and features 11 newcomers, including six freshmen and five transfers. The lone senior on the squad is Max Jacobsen, who averaged 9.0 points per game last season.

Northern Arizona assistant coach Wes Pifer was an assistant coach at Miami Dade College, where he coached Trevor Mbakwe for one season. Mbakwe went on to play for Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith for three seasons, when he was the head coach at Minnesota.

Texas Tech netted 50 points in the paint against Houston Baptist on Friday. It is the most points in the paint for a Red Raider team since Nov. 19, 2009, when Texas Tech rolled past Northwestern State, 94-75, at United Spirit Arena. That night the Red Raiders drained 52 points in the paint. It spans 126 games between 50-point paint efforts for the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech dominated the boards against Houston Baptist, pulling down 42 rebounds to the Huskies’ 33. It is the first time the Red Raiders had 40 rebounds in a games since Dec. 31, 2012, when Texas Tech had 44 against Florida A&M (21 games). It is the largest rebounding margin (+11) since out-rebounding North Carolina A&T, 49-22, on Dec. 28, 2012 (22 games). Nine different Red Raiders recorded a rebound against Houston Baptist, while four had at least five boards — Jordan Tolbert (12), Jaye Crockett (7), Alex Foster (7) and Dejan Kravic (5).

Texas Tech has only had a positive assist to turnover ratio 12 times over the last 62 games heading into last Friday’s game with Houston Baptist. In the debut of the Tubby Smith edition of the Red Raiders, Texas Tech had 12 assists and just 10 turnovers. It is the first positive ratio since the Red Raiders had 15 assists and 11 turnovers against TCU on March 2, 2013. The 10 turnovers are the fewest since committing 10 turnovers against Oklahoma on Feb. 20, 2013.

Jaye Crockett is closing in on some personal milestones and climbing the Red Raiders career charts. He currently has 795 points and now needs just 205 points to become the 36th member of the 1,000-point club at Tech. He has 478 career rebounds and needs 22 to reach 500. If he reaches 1,000 points and 500 rebounds, he would become the 17th Red Raider to complete the feat. Crockett has 76 career steals and ranks 26 on the all-time list at Texas Tech. He needs 11 more steals to move into 20th all-time. He also has 75 career assists. If he were to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 assists and 100 steals, he would be the sixth Red Raider to reach the milestone.




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