Jordan Tolbert set the standard for Texas Tech freshman against TCU with 27 points on the road.
Dec. 17, 2011
Texas Tech Notes
THE OPENING TIP
Texas Tech is coming off a 75-69 loss to TCU in Fort Worth. It will be 12 days since the Red Raiders last played.
Grambling State enters the game 0-6 and is playing its sixth of seventh games on the road this season. It will be 18 days since the Tigers last took the floor.
The game is being televised by the Texas Tech Sports Network, with Brian Jensen (Play-By-Play) and John Harris (Analyst) on the call. The game will are on FSN Southwest, KAMC-TV28 and ESPN3.com.
This is the first game in Lubbock in nearly a month. It has been 28 days since the Red Raiders have played in the United Spirit Arena.
Texas Tech went 1-4 away from Lubbock, but will now play three of its next four games in the United Spirit Arena to close out the non-conference portion of the schedule.
TEXAS TECH-GRAMBLING SERIES
This is the first-ever meeting between Texas Tech and Grambling State.
Peter Roberson leads the Tigers with 8.0 points and 7.8 rebounds this season. Rondale Livas adds 5.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists for Grambling.
TEXAS TECH vs. SWAC
Texas Tech is 6-0 all-time against members from the Southwestern Athletic Conference, having only played Alcorn State and Prairie View A&M -- Alabama A&M (0-0), Alabama State (0-0), Alcorn State (1-0), Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-0), Grambling State (0-0), Jackson State (0-0), Mississippi Valley State (0-0), Prairie View A&M (5-0), Southern (0-0), Texas Southern (0-0).
HITING FOR 20
Since Texas Tech joined the Big 12 Conference at the beginning of the 1996-97 season, there have been 39 Red Raider players scored 20 points in a game at least once. In that group, 25 have performed the feat twice. The school's all-time leading scorer, Andre Emmett did it 55 times. In all, five of the school's top seven scorers have played in what we call the Big 12 Era. Here is a complete list of the 39 Red Raiders, who have compiled 369 20-point games at Texas Tech. Red Raider freshman Jordan Tolbert is the newest member with two 20-point games this season. He had 20 against Indiana State and added 27 against TCU. His 27 are the most by a Red Raider freshman on the road in the Big 12 Era, but John Roberson holds the freshman record with 28 against Northwestern State in 2007. Tolbert is one of 10 freshman to record a 20-point game at Texas Tech, but joins just Roberson (7), Martin Zeno (3) and Mike Singletary (2) as players to do it more than once. Red Raider Ty Nurse also joined the list this year, when he went for 29 points against Troy in the season opener. Tolbert and Nurse are the Red Raiders' top two scorers this season.
FROM THE START
Last time out against TCU, the starting lineup was Ty Nurse, Javarez Willis, Toddrick Gotcher, Robert Lewandowski and Jordan Tolbert. It was the sixth time this season that lineup was used to start the game.
TOLBERT LEADS BY EXAMPLE
Jordan Tolbert is just a freshman, but his play has definitely not been that of a first-year player. Tolbert leads the team in points (13.0), rebounds (6.1), field goal percentage (.627), field goal attempts (67) and makes (42) and he ranks second on the team in free throw percentage (.833). The 6-7 freshman is 11th in the Big 12 Conference scoring and rebounds and ranks third in field goal percentage and sixth in free throw percentage. He is third among freshman in the league in scoring and second in rebounding. Tolbert has scored in double figures five times this season, including a season-high 27 at TCU on Dec. 6. It was the most by a Tech freshman since John Roberson went for 28 against Northwestern State on Dec. 29, 2007. It is the second highest scoring mark by a Red Raider freshman in the Big 12 Era. He also netted 20 points against Indiana State at the Old Spice Classic. Tolbert has pulled down five rebounds in seven of eight games this season and had a season-best nine on two different occasions.
NURSE AN OFFENSIVE THREAT
Ty Nurse has the ability to be an offensive threat each time he steps on the floor. He has led the team is scoring three times this season and scored in double figures on four occasions. Nurse had a remarkable debut, chipping in 29 points. He has scored in seven of eight games this seasons. Nurse is scond on the team in scoring at 11.5 points per game, while chipping in 1.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He is an 87 percent foul shooter, connecting on 29 of 33 from the chaity strip this season. The Red Raiders are 4-2 when Nurse plays at least 27 minutes.
GOTCHER ADDS BALANCE
Toddrick Gotcher knows how to win. He saw his high school team win 91 percent of its games Garland (Texas) Lakeview Centennial. What he adds to the Red Raiders is a little of everything. He is third on the team in scoring (8.3 ppg), fourth in rebounding (4.4 rpg), first in assists (2.8), second in blocks (6), third in steals (4), and fourth in free throw percentage (.720). He has had three double-digit scoring games against North Texas (12), Wake Forest (10) and TCU (14). Gotcher has had five game with at least four rebounds and another three games with at least four assists.
WILLIS IS STABLE PRESENCE
Javarez Willis is one of three returning players from last year's squad who has started all eight games this season. Willis is fourth on the squad in scoring (6.8), second in assists (2.5) and is third in free throw percentage (.762). He has recorded nine or more points four times this season and had a season high 15 against Troy and later tied that mark against Wake Forest. He has also dished out at least two assists in six of eight games this season.
CROCKETT LEADS WAY OFF BENCH
Jaye Crockett has become the key cog off the bench for the Red Raiders this season. After sitting out the opener, Crockett has averaged 6.3 points and 5.1 rebounds over the next seven games. He has had two double-digit scoring games - Stephen F. Austin (13) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (12) - and recorded five rebounds in four games this season, including nine against North Texas and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. In the Corpus Christi game, Crocket led the team in points, rebounds and assists off the bench.
SHOOTING FOR AVERAGE
Texas Tech is second in the Big 12 Conference in field goal percentage through seven games, as the Red Raiders have hit on 49.3 percent of its shots from the field. Texas Tech shot 61.1 percent from the field (33 of 54) against Troy in the 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. In the second game of the season against North Texas, Texas Tech was just 22 of 49 (44.9 percent), but rebounded against Stephen F. Austin. Against the Lumberjacks, The Red Raiders connected on their first six shots of the game to take a 15-5 lead. Texas Tech connected on 14 of 17 shots from the field in the first half (82.4 percent) and hit four of five 3-pointers (80 percent). The Red Raiders finished the game hitting 62.9 percent from the field. It is the best shooting performance by Tech in the last three years, eclipsing the 62.1 percent the Red Raiders shot against Eastern Kentucky on Nov. 22, 2008. The Red Raiders did not shoot well at the Old Spice Classic, hitting just 43 percent or less against Indiana State, DePaul and Wake Forest. The Red Raiders hit 46.8 percent against TAMU-CC and connected on 54.5 percent from the field against TCU. Conversely, Texas Tech is holding its opponents to 39.3 percent this season. That mark ranks seventh in the Big 12.
LEWANDOWSKI'S STREAK ENDS
Through the first four games of the season, senior Robert Lewandowski was averaging 3.5 rebounds per game. Since that time, the Kansas native has jumped that mark by two rebounds a game to 5.5 rebounds an outing over the last four games. He notched a season-high nine against TCU on Dec. 6. For the season, Lewandowski is averaging 6.1 points and 4.5 rebounds. Lewandowski has 55 career starts in 102 career appearances for the Red Raiders. He is the lone senior on the squad.
NASH ADDS SPARK
Jaron Nash has been spark for the Red Raiders this season. The Waterloo, Iowa native has appeared in all eight games off the bench. This season, Nash has chipped in 5.4 points and 2.1 rebounds a game. He is one of eight Red Raiders averaging better than five points a game this season. Nash's big game came against Wake Forest, when he came off the bench to finish with a team-high 15 points on six of 13 shooting. He also had a team-best seven boards, two blocks and three steals. Nash is one of two players on the squad shooting better than 60 percent from the field, joing Jordan Tolbert. Nash is hitting 61.3 percent from the field, while Tolbert connects on 62.7 percent from the field.
PETTEWAY CHIPS IN
Freshman Terran Petteway had a career-high 13 points in the loss to DePaul at the Old Spice Classic. He made the most of his minutes, as he hit 4 of 6 from the field in 15 minutes of play and connected on 4 of 6 from the line. He had a big first half against Indiana State, chipping in nine points on 4-of-6 shooting. In three games at the Old Spice Classic, Petteway was second on the squad with 9.3 points and 2.7 rebounds. For the season, Petteway is averaging 6.0 points and 2.4 rebounds and outing.
For the sixth time this season, 10 Red Raiders entered the lineup. Seven of the 10 players who saw action for the Red Raiders scored against the Horned Frogs. It also marked the season debut for walk-on Luke Adams.
UP AND DOWN FROM THREE
The Red Raiders 3-point shooting has been almost cyclical this season. The trend continued for Texas Tech from the 3-point line against TCU as the Red Raiders hit 2 of 8 from behind the arc. The Red Raiders have now hit 43 percent (Troy), 18.2 percent (North Texas), 54.5 percent (Stephen F. Austin), 22.2 percent (Indiana State), 50 percent (DePaul), 30 percent (Wake Forest), 44.4 percent (Texas A&M-CC) and 25.0 percent (TCU). For the season, the Red Raiders are 34 of 87 from beyond the arc (39.1 percent). Ty Nurse leads the way, hitting on 13 of 32 attempts (40.6 percent) from 3-point range.
ROTATING SCORING LEADERS
With Jordan Tolbert's 27 points against TCU to lead the Red Raiders in the loss, Texas Tech has had six difference players lead the team in scoring in eight games. The Red Raiders have now been led in scoring by six different players this season - Jaye Crockett, Ty Nurse, Robert Lewandowski, Jordan Tolbert, Jaron Nash and Javarez Willis.
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 and Andy Ellis had 30 against Indiana in 1999. It is also the most points in a newcomer debut in the Red Raider Big 12 Era.
PACKING THE STANDS
Nov. 20th's announced attendance was 9,420. Through three games, the Red Raiders are averaging 9,374 fans a game. Last season, Texas Tech averaged 8,513 fans a game. Texas Tech currently ranks fifth in the Big 12 in home attendance. The Red Raiders return home on Sunday, Dec. 18 against Grambling State.
Texas Tech ranks 18th nationally in field goal percentage (49.3), 66th in 3-point field goal percentage defense (29.9) and 69th in free throw percentage (72.4). Jordan Tolbert ranks 17th in field goal percentage (62.7) and 116th in free throw percentage (83.3). Ty Nurse rames 53rd in free throw percentage (87.9).
FROM THE LINE
Texas Tech shot 92 percent from the free throw line (23 of 25) against North Texas. It is the highest output since connecting on 23 of 24 last season against TCU (95.8 percent). The Red Raiders connected on nine consecutive free throws over the final 3:04 to secure the victory. For the season, Texas Tech is104 of 146 from the line (71.2 percent).