Ty Nurse scored 29 points in the season opener against Troy.
Nov. 15, 2011
TEXAS TECH NOTES NORTH TEXAS NOTES
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech hosts North Texas in the second game of the three-game homestand on Wedensday. The Red Raiders look to improve to 2-0 under Billy Gillispie.
THE OPENING TIP
Texas Tech is coming off a 90-85 win overTroy last Friday in the debut of new Red Raider head coach Billy Gillispie.
North Texas enters the contest after upending St. Gregory's, 81-52, last Friday.
North Texas topped Texas Tech in overtime last season in Denton, 92-83
The game is being televised by the Texas Tech Sports Network and locally on KAMC-TV 28. It is also available on ESPN Full Court, Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN3.com. Brian Jensen (Play-By-Play) and Andy Ellis (Analyst) are calling the action.
TEXAS TECH-NORTH TEXAS SERIES
This marks the 15th meeting between Texas Tech and North Texas. TTU leads 8-6.
TEXAS TECH vs. SUN BELT
Texas Tech is 22-13 all-time against schools currently in the Sun Belt Conference. UALR (3-0), Arkansas State (1-3), Denver (0-3), Florida Atlantic (0-0), Florida International (0-0), Louisiana-Lafayette (4-1), Louisiana-Monroe (1-0), Middle Tennessee (0-0), North Texas (8-5), South Alabama (1-1), Troy (1-0) and Western Kentucky (3-0).
RED RAIDERS BEGIN 86TH SEASON
Texas Tech opened its 86th season of play last Friday with a 90-85 win over Troy. The Red Raiders are 60-26 in season openers. Texas Tech has won 12 straight season openers. The last time the Red Raiders lost a season opener was No. 19, 1999, when Texas Tech fell to Indiana, 68-60, in the inaugural game in the United Spirit Arena.
GILLISPIE IN SEASON OPENERS
As a head coach, Billy Gillispie is 7-1 in season openers -- UTEP (2-0), Texas A&M (3-0), Kentucky (1-1) and Texas Tech (1-0).
PACKING THE STANDS
Friday's attendance against Troy was 10,088. It eclipses last year's season opener, when the Red Raiders had 9,063 on hand for Texas Tech's 86-67 win over Louisiana-Monroe. It is the largest crowd for a season opener since Nov. 19, 2004, when 10,296 saw the Red Raiders top UNC-Ashville, 119-55. It also was larger than any crowd last season. Friday's crowd of 10,088 is the largest home crowd for a Texas Tech basketball game since Feb. 20, 2010, when the Red Raiders hosted Texas in front of 12,481.
Texas Tech shot more 3-pointers on Friday than it did in its first two exhibition games combined. The Red Raiders were 7-of-12 (58.3 percent) in exhibition play. On Friday against Troy, Texas Tech was 10-of-19 (52.9 percent). It is the highest 3-point field goal percentage (minimum of 15 attempts) since March 4, 2009, when the Red Raiders connected on 15 of 27 (55.6 percent) against Kansas.
SHOOTING FOR AVERAGE
Overall, the Red Raiders shot 61.1 percent from the field (33 of 54) against Troy inthe opener, which eclipses 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. It is the best performance by Texas Tech from the field since the Red Raiders connected on 36 of 58 shots from the field (62.1 percent) against Eastern Kentucky on Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 22, 2008.
Ty Nurse's 29 points against Troy is the most by a Red Raider since Mike Singletary had 33 against Iowa State on Jan. 26 last season. It is also the most points in a season opener by a Texas Tech player since Curtis Marshall had 30 against UNC-Ashville in 2004 anf Andy Ellis had 30 against Indiana in 1999. It is also the most points in a newcomer debute in the Red Raider Big 12 Era.
Of the eight players who played for the Red Raiders against Troy, seven of the scored seven points or more -- Ty Nurse (29), Javarez Willis (15), DeShon Minnis (12), Robert Lewandowski (8), Jordan Tolbert (8), Terran Petteway (7) and Toddrick Gotcher (7). Minnis and Gotcher are the only two non-starters on that list. In all, 74.4 percent of the offense came from the starting five last Friday against Troy.
Texas Tech averaged 29 turnovers in two exhibitions games and committed just 19 against Troy in the up-tempo contest.
A CLASS OF ONE
Robert Lewandowski is the lone senior on the squad this season and one of just three returning players from last year's team. He has played in 96 career games. Last season Lewandowski chipped in 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds. He had eight points, seven rebounds and one assist.
TWO SOPHOMORES RETURN
Sophomores Jaye Crockett and Javarez Willis are the other two returning players from last year's squad. Crockett played in all 32 games last season, contributing 4.8 points and 3.0 rebounds as a freshman. Willis saw action in 27 games last season, chipping in 3.6 points and 1.5 assists. Willis made an impact against Troy in the opener, chipping in 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. Crockett sat out the opener due to injury.
NEW FACES ABOUND
The Red Raiders have a complete new look for the new season, as Billy Gillispie and his staff have completed a roster complete with 12 new faces to go along with the three returners. The newcomers include eight freshmen, one sophomore and three juniors.
LAST TIME OUT
Ty Nurse scored 29 points to lead Texas Tech over Troy, 90-85, on Friday night, giving Billy Gillispie his first win after two years away from coaching. Nurse hit 6 of 9 3-pointers and was 9 of 13 from the field. The Trojans tied it at 56 with about 13 minutes remaining, but Tech used an 11-3 run to go up 67-59. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Nurse and Javarez Willis put the Red Raiders up 75-67 with about seven minutes left. The Trojans pulled within 88-85 late, but a dunk by Robert Lewandowski with less than 20 seconds in the game sealed the win for Texas Tech (1-0). Will Weathers scored 24 points to lead Troy (0-1).
Texas Tech's Toddrick Gotcher and North Texas' Chris Jones are reunited one game into the season. The duo each were two-time All-State honorees after leading Garland Lakeview Centennial to back-to-back state championship games under the direction of Tony Mauldin.