No. 9 Arizona Stands In Way Of 5-0 Record|
November 29, 2012
Opponent: Arizona Wildcats
NO. 9 ARIZONA STANDS IN WAY OF 5-0
Two old foes will meet once again on Saturday, when the Texas Tech Red Raiders host the No. 9 Arizona Wildcats at 7 p.m. in a "White Out" at the United Spirit Arena.
This is the 50th all-time meeting, but the first since 1994 for these two schools that competed against each other in the Border Conference from 1932-56.
This is also a battle of old foes when it comes to head coaches. Texas Tech head coach Chris Walker and Arizona head coach Sean Miller were once rival guards when Walker ran the point at Villanova and Miller was in the back court at Pittsburgh.
Walker was named the interim head coach at Texas Tech on Oct. 4 and has held just over 35 practices since that time. His 4-0 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 5-0.
Texas Tech leads the nation in scoring among schools who have played NCAA Division I opponents, averaging 88.8 points per game. Arizona's offense is just as potent, as the Wildcats average 85.2 points per game and rank eighth.
Currently four Red Raiders are averaging in double figures, led by sixth man Jaye Crockett (16.0 points and 9.0 rebounds). Joining him in double figures are Dejan Kravic (13.5 points), Josh Gray (12.0 points) and Jordan Tolbert (10.5 points).
No. 9 Arizona, which is 4-0 on the season and making its first appearance on the road this season, is led by Solomon Hill (14.0 points) and Mark Lyons (14.0 points). Joining the duo in double figures is Brandon Ashley (10.8 points) and Nick Johnson (10.3 points).