Texas Tech Eyes 4-0 Start Under Walker|
November 25, 2012
Opponent: Jackson State Tigers
Texas Tech Eyes 4-0 Start Under Walker
The Texas Tech Red Raiders return to action on Monday when they host the Jackson State Tigers at 6 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena.
This is the first-ever meeting between the two teams, but the game holds some significance in teams of momentum for the Red Raiders.
Chris Walker was named the interim head coach at Texas Tech on Oct. 4 and has held just over 30 practices since that time. His 3-0 squad with its newly installed offense and defense would become just the second first-year coach in program history to start their first full season 4-0, joining Pat Knight, who began the 2008-09 season 9-0.
Some special things have begun to happen at the United Spirit Arena. If Texas Tech scored 89 or more points on Monday night, it would mark the first time in the history of the program that the Red Raiders have scored at least 89 points in four consecutive games to open a season. The last time Texas Tech scored 89 or more in four consecutive games came during December 1996 -- at TCU (L, 89-93), UTSA (W, 99-51), vs. Fresno State (W, 111-101) and vs. New Mexico State (L, 105-122).
Currently five Red Raiders are averaging in double players, led by sixth man Jaye Crockett (14.7 points and 9.3 rebounds). Joining him in double figures are Dejan Kravic (12.7 points), Jordan Tolbert (12.0 points), Josh Gray (12.0 points) and Trency Jackson (11.5 points).
Jackson State, which competes in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, is led by preseason all-conference guard Kelsey Howard, who is average 25 points and 9.0 rebounds a game.
He is joined in double figures by Christian Williams (13.0 points), Jeff Stubbs (11.0 points) and Willie Readus (10.0 points).