banner

College Basketball

more stats

Texas Tech (8-7) at Texas (11-4)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 11, 8 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Frank Erwin Center (16,734) -- Austin, Texas. Television: Longhorn Network. Home Record: TTU 7-3, UT 8-2. Away Record: TTU 0-3, UT 2-1. Neutral Record: TTU 1-1, UT 1-1. Conference Record: TTU 0-2, UT 0-2. Series Record: Texas leads, 78-53.

GAME NOTES: Both the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Texas Longhorns will attempt to bounce back from 0-2 starts in the Big 12 Conference on Saturday when the squads meet up at the Frank Erwin Center.

Texas Tech opened up league play with home losses to nationally-ranked Iowa State (73-62) and West Virginia (89-86 in OT), giving it four setbacks in the past five games to dip to 8-7 overall. The Red Raiders have not fared well away from Lubbock either, as they have lost all three of their true road games.

Texas enjoyed a strong showing in its non-conference slate, as it won 11 of its first 13 matchups, but it too is winless in the Big 12 after suffering defeats to Oklahoma (88-85) and most recently at nationally-ranked Oklahoma State on Wednesday night (87-74). The good news for the Longhorns in this one is that they've been largely impressive at the Erwin Center (8-2).

The Longhorns own a 78-53 advantage over the Red Raiders in the all-time series, which includes wins in 10 straight matchups dating back to 2009.

The Red Raiders trailed WVU by three in the final minute of regulation in their most recent matchup before Terry Henderson tied the game and forced overtime with a 3-pointer with 18 seconds left. They went on to score first in the extra session and never relinquished the lead down the stretch. Despite getting outshot from the field, 55.7 percent to 46.7 percent, they made 22- of-26 from the foul line and earned extra possession by winning the rebounding battle, 35-26. Jordan Tolbert tallied a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, Toddrick Gotcher finished with 17 points and five assists, while Jaye Crockett and Dusty Hannahs netted 15 and 14 points, respectively.

On the season, Texas Tech has been impressive offensively, shooting 47.4 percent from the field for 74.3 ppg, which is 4.5 ppg more than it allows. Adding to its positive traits are its +4.7 rebounding margin and its stellar .754 free-throw percentage. The team's strength comes in the frontcourt, where Crockett (14.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and Tolbert (12.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg) both shoot greater than 59 percent from the field. Robert Turner is the top threat from the perimeter with 9.1 ppg, although he does so on a lackluster .361 field goal percentage.

After taking a brief one-point lead in the second half against Oklahoma State earlier in the week, the Longhorns fell victim to a 9-0 OSU run and would never again get close to the lead on their way to a 13-point defeat. They shot a modest 40 percent from the field, which include just a 3-of-18 showing from beyond the arc. Demarcus Holland (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Jonathan Holmes (10 points, 12 rebounds) both registered double-doubles. Damarcus Croaker and Connor Lammert were solid off the bench with 12 and 11 points, respectively, while Isaiah Taylor added 10 points.

Texas is typically a much more efficient squad, as it shoots 44.2 percent from the field for 78.5 ppg while boasting positive margins in terms of scoring (+6.6), rebounding (+7.4) and turnovers (+0.5), although it does have one glaring weakness, shooting just 63.5 percent from the charity stripe. Five players score in double figures on a regular basis, led by Holmes' 13.0 ppg. Taylor (11.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and Javan Felix (11.1 ppg, 3.1 apg) man the perimeter, but Felix shoots a meager 33.7 percent from the floor. Ridley (10.7 ppg) and Holland (10.1 ppg) round out the balanced squad, with Ridley leading the team in both rebounding (7.3 rpg) and blocks (2.3 bpg) as well.

The Longhorns' recent slide is worrisome for their long-term success in the Big 12, but they should find a way to get healthy in this one hosting the inconsistent Red Raiders.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas 79, Texas Tech 71

01/11 12:37:46 ET

Other Stories

  • Sun Bowl: Duke vs. Arizona State

    Saturday at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: Louisiana Tech at NC State

    Tuesday at 7:00 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
3rd
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
Final
TOR 118
NYK 108
Final
CLE 105
MEM 91
Final
MIA 100
BOS 84
Final
BRK 110
DET 105
Final
SAC 108
LAL 101
Final
ORL 88
PHI 96
Final
WAS 92
PHO 104
4th
MIN 87
IND 87
 
4th
OKC 99
NOP 99
 
Final
UVA 76
HARV 27
Final
BGU 68
FERST 82
 
Final
ARMY 72
MAINE 69
 
Final
QUIN 60
ORST 52
Final
CLST 69
USF 65
 
Final
CARK 55
CCAR 72
 
Final
UWGB 66
ARKLR 46
 
Final
RAD 74
CORN 61
 
Final
UNT 62
CREI 58
Final
CAN 67
HC 48
 
Final
USB 67
GHND 52
 
Final
OKST 64
MD 73
Final
WINT 100
REIN 72
 
Final
UGST 68
SMISS 55
Final
NEOM 77
TXPA 72
 
Final
STLU 58
VERM 55
 
Final
UNCA 62
WCU 66
 
Final
EVAN 81
ALAST 63
 
Final
HART 82
FIU 69
 
Final
VALPO 82
GOSHEN 55
 
Final
LIP 69
PEAY 63
 
Final
DEN 46
BRY 48
 
Final
MONT 62
SD 67
 
Final
MTST 65
TENST 47
Final
SAMF 64
LAMON 50
 
Final
SCAR 78
COKR 52
 
Final
HAMP 75
NARZ 66
 
Final
SDU 71
SDCHR 61
 
Final
BC 71
USC 75
Final
NICST 64
TROY 65
 
Final
BRAD 47
UCI 55
 
Final
UGA 65
SHU 47
Final
ALA 60
APP 59
Final
KSU 53
NDST 52
 
Final
WASU 82
SJST 53
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ALCOR
 
10:00pm Tonight
SEAT
SACST
 
Final
DET 1
COL 2
Final
EDM 5
DAL 6
 
3rd
BOS 2
BUF 2
 
3rd
NYR 1
CAR 0
 
3rd
CHI 2
TOR 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
WIN
PHI
Final
NOS 14
ATL 30
Final
HOU 25
BAL 13
Final
CAR 17
CLE 13
Final
CHI 14
DET 20
Final
TAM 3
GBP 20
Final
PIT 20
KAN 12
Final
MIA 37
MIN 35
Final
NYJ 16
NEP 17
Final
STL 27
NYG 37
Final
OAK 26
BUF 24
Final
DAL 42
IND 7
1st
ARI 0
SEA 0