Red Raiders Host Jacks In Second Round of Progressive Legends Classic

November 20, 2013

Texas Tech vs. North Dakota State | Texas Tech Notes | NDSU Notes | Progressive Legends Classic Notes
Date/Time: Thursday, November 21, 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) & Chris Level (Analyst)
Satellite Radio: None
Television: FOX Sports Southwest Plus - Robert Giovannetti (Play-by-Play), John Harris (Analyst)
Channel: Suddenlink (81), AT&T U-Verse (754), Direct TV (677)
On The Web: Live in-game statistics and other coverage can be found at www.texastech.com
Live Stats: http://www.texastechstats.com/
Rankings: Texas Tech: (RPI: 199). South Dakota State (RPI: 228).
Head Coaches: Texas Tech: Tubby Smith (Career: 514-227 in 23rd season; at Texas Tech: 3-1 in first season.)
NDSU: Scott Nagy (Career: 342-211 in 19 seasons; at NDSU: same).
Against NDSU: Texas Tech leads the all-time series, 2-0; Tubby Smith is 7-0 all-time vs. NDSU.

Texas Tech continues play in the second round of the Progressive Legends Classic, a four-game exempt tournament operated by the Gazelle Group. This is the Red Raiders second appearance in the event. Texas Tech also played in the 2008 edition of the tournament, finishing third with a 3-1 record. Texas Tech topped Texas Southern, 80-71, on Monday in the first round and will now host South Dakota State (1-3) at 7 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest Plus on Thursday in the second round. The Red Raiders will advance to face Pittsburgh (3-0) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Nov. 25 at 6:30 p.m. CT in the semifinals, before facing either Houston (4-0) or Stanford (3-1) in the finals on Nov. 26. Ironically, Texas Tech also faced Pittsburgh in the tournament semifinals in 2008, with the Panthers edging out the Red Raiders, 80-67.

Jim Reed is truly a Red Raider Legend. When he left Texas Tech in 1956, he held almost every major scoring and rebounding record, including career points (1,697) and career rebounds (1,330). He earned third team Helms All-America honors as a junior and first team All-America honors as a senior. Reed was a three-time First Team All-Border Conference selection and three-time Border Conference Most Valuable Player. He led Texas Tech two three straight Border Conference titles and two trips to the NCAA Tournament. A four-year starter, Reed still ranks 10th all-time at Texas Tech in scoring and first in rebounding. At just 6-foot-4, Reed was an amazing rebounder for his size. He holds seven of the Top 10 single-game rebounding performances in Red Raider history, including two games where he pulled down 27 boards against Eastern New Mexico and Texas as a senior in 1956. He also scored 30-or-more points six times, including a then school record 41 against Furman in 1954. He led the Border Conference in scoring as both a junior (22.3 ppg) and senior (20.9 ppg). His 18 field goals against Furman in 1954 still stands as the single-game school record, while his 16 field goals against West Texas in 1956 ranks third. He was inducted into the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Honor in 1967 and was named one of the greatest Texas Tech Student-Athletes of the 20th Century.

Thursday marks the third-ever meeting between Texas Tech and South Dakota State. The Red Raiders and Jackrabbits previously met twice, with both meetings coming in Lubbock.

Texas Tech is 9-3 all-time against teams currently members of The Summit League. Omaha (2-0), North Dakota State (2-0), South Dakota State (2-0), Denver (0-3), South Dakota (2-0) and Western Illinois (1-0).

South Dakota State (1-3) is the two-time defending Summit League champs. The Jackrabbits have five players averaging double figures, including four starters -- Jordan Dykstra (17.0 ppg), Brayden Carlson (16.0 ppg), Jake Bittle (14.0 ppg), Chad White (11.8 ppg) and Cody Larson (10.5 ppg). The Jackrabbits lost their first three games of the season, but ended that streak with an 83-62 win over Southwest Minnesota State.

Tubby Smith is 7-0 all-time against South Dakota State and Jackrabbit head coach Scott Nagy. Smith defeated the Jacks while the head coach at Kentucky in 2005 and then faced SDSU for six straight seasons while he was the head coach at Minnesota.

Texas Tech has netted 175 points in the paint through the first four games, after pouring in 50 in the season opener on Nov. 8, then picking up another 43 against Northern Arizona, 40 at Alabama and 42 versus Texas Southern. The 50 points 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. The last time Texas Tech scored at least 175 points in the paint over a four-game span, it poured in 162 points in the paint against Sam Houston State (40, 11/17/08), East Central (90, 11/20/08), Eastern Kentucky (32, 11/22/08) and Southeastern Louisiana (38, 11/25/08) which is 154 games between points in the paint efforts. Ironically, the East Central and Eastern Kentucky games were the first and second round games of the Legends Classic the last time Texas Tech participated in the event.

Texas Tech dominated the boards the first two games of the season. The Red Raiders out-boarded Houston Baptist, 42-33, (+9) and Northern Arizona, 33-23 (+10). It is the largest rebounding margin (+11) since out-rebounding North Carolina A&T, 49-22, on Dec. 28, 2012 (22 games). But the last time Texas Tech out-rebounded its opponent by nine or more rebounds on consecutive nights was last season against Omaha (+21, 11/14/12) and Grambling State (+19, 11/20/12). Texas Tech was out-rebounded by Alabama on the road, 32-26, last Thursday, and Texas Southern edged Tech on the boards, 37-34. For the season, Texas Tech is averaging 33.8 rebounds per game and have a rebounding margin of +2.5 through four games this season.

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. Texas Tech then answered that with a 19-assist, 10-turnover performance on Monday against Northern Arizona. The last time Texas Tech had back-to-back games of 10 or fewer turnovers in a game came at Baylor (9, 02/16/10) and at home against Texas (7, 2/20/10) - a span of 102 games. For the season, Texas Tech has 41 assists and 36 turnovers. Despite having a negative assist to turnover ratio against Alabama, Texas Tech has now had fewer turnovers than its opponent for four straight games. The last time Texas Tech had fewer turnovers than its opponent for four consecutive games, was during the 2009-10 season - at Kansas (16, 01/16/10), Iowa State (9, 01/20/10), Oklahoma (8, 01/23/10) and at Texas (7, 01/27/10).

Texas Tech has four players averaging 10 points or more per game through four games and another four players each chipping in at least 4.0 points per game. Leading the way is junior college transfer Robert Turner, who is averaging 15.5 points per game, while junior Jordan Tolbert adds a healthy 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds a night. Jaye Crockett contributes 13.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game, while Dusty Hannahs adds 11.3 points.  Dejan Kravic (5.0 ppg), Toddrick Gotcher (4.8 ppg), Aaron Ross (4.5 ppg) and Jamal Williams, Jr. (4.0 ppg) . In all, the Red Raiders are averaging 77.0 points per game, which is a full 11 points per game higher than last season's squad.

Texas Tech committed just five turnovers against Texas Southern. It is the fewest turnovers in a game since Feb. 3, 2004, when the Red Raiders also committed just five turnovers in a game. That is a span of over nine and a half years between five-turnover games. It is also a span of 278 games. Current Red Raiders Randy Onwuasor and Alex Foster were in the second grade  the last time Texas Tech committed five turnovers in a game.

The Red Raiders tied the school record with 12 blocks in the game. It equaled the mark set on Dec. 22, 1998, versus Pepperdine at the Pearl Harbor Shootout in Laie, Hawai'i. Kader Tapsoba led the way with four blocks, while Dejan Kravic and Jordan Tolbert each had two and Robert Turner, Jaye Crockett, Randy Onwuasor and Aaron Ross each had one.

Texas Tech drained 12 3-pointers on Monday against Northern Arizona on 22 attempts. It is the eighth top total in program history and the most since netting 12 treys against Georgia Southern on Nov. 23, 2010. Five different Red Raiders converted a 3-point attempt against NAU, while Robert Turner connected on 5 of 6 and Dusty Hannahs hit 4 of 7 attempts.

The Red Raiders had 19 assists against Northern Arizona last Monday. It is the most assists against an opponent since dishing out 19 at TCU on Dec. 6, 2011 - a span of 53 games. In all, nine different players dished out an assist on the night.

Robert Turner has made an immediate impact since joining the Red Raider roster from New Mexico Junior College. Tubby Smith's first signee last May is currently leading the team in scoring (15.5 ppg), assists (2.5). He has scored in double figures in each of his first four games for the Red Raiders. He notched 12 points in the season opener against Houston Baptist and then went for 21 against Northern Arizona, when he connected on 5 of 6 3-pointers and connected on 8 of 11 from the field. Turner added 14 points, two assists, two steals and two rebounds at Alabama and added another 15 points, three boards, two assists and two steals against Texas Southern.

Jaye Crockett is closing in on some personal milestones and climbing the Red Raiders career charts. He eclipsed 800 career points last Monday against Northern Arizona and currently has  840 points and now needs just 160 points to become the 36th member of the 1,000-point club at Tech. He has 496 career rebounds and needs four 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 80 career steals and ranks 26 on the all-time list at Texas Tech. He needs seven more steals to move into 20th all-time. He also has 81 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.

Jordan Tolbert has begun the 2013-14 season with a 16-point, 12 rebound performance against Houston Baptist and then added duplicate 14-point, seven-board effort against Northern Arizona and Alabama. On Monday, he added 11 points, five boards, two blocks and an assist. Through three games, he is averaging 13.8 points and 7.8 rebounds, while shooting 69.4 percent from the field. Tolbert also eclipsed the 700-point plateau against Alabama and now ranks fourth in career field goal percentage at 54.0 percent.

Dusty Hannahs came off the bench against Texas Southern and connected on 5 of 8 shots from the field and 3 of 6 from behind the arc, while adding a perfect 6 for 6 from the line to finish with 19 points. It was a season high for the Texas Tech sophomore and it is the most points for Hannahs since he netted 21 against North Carolina A&T on Dec. 28, 2012. Hannahs tied career highs for field goals (5), free throws made (6) and attempted (6).

What a difference a year makes. Texas Tech is currently shooting 51.2 percent from the field. If the season ended today, that percentage would rank as the second best mark in program history, behind only the school record 51.8 percent the Red Raiders shot during the 1979-80 season. The Red Raiders rank 34th nationally in field goal percentage. This is on the heels of a season where the Red Raiders shot 42.1 percent last season and returned nine letterwinners from that team. That percentage ranks as the 14th most futile in program annals.

Texas Tech will make a record 32 appearances on television this season, with every single game being broadcast. The Red Raiders will appear on the ESPN family of networks 10 times, the Big 12 Network 11 times, the FOX family of networks eight times, The Pac-12 Network twice and the Longhorn Network once. Last season, Texas Tech had a record 31 games broadcast. By season's end, Texas Tech will have appeared on TV for a record 81 consecutive games, dating back to Jan. 7, 2012. The Red Raiders will also have appeared on TV in 91 of 96 games over the last three seasons.



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