Big 12 Week 3 Preview: Texas Tech and Kansas

  • Big 12 Week 3 Preview: Texas Tech and Kansas

Big 12 Week 3 Preview: Texas Tech and Kansas

In the first game between top-10 teams at Texas Tech, the No. 8 Red Raiders proved Saturday they more than belong in the Big 12 title conversation by beating No. 2 West Virginia 72-71.

Texas Tech will get a lot of minutes from their bench playing up to ten players.

"They beat us off the dribble and we didn't guard the ball-screen", said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins, whose team had reeled off 15 consecutive wins. Texas Tech has a lot of depth with ten players who average double-digit minutes. "They try to create some turnovers and they're good on dribble-drives and kickouts". Experienced. They have a great mix of old and new.

Three players are averaging at least 10.3 points per game for Texas Tech, they are: Evans (17.3), Zhaire Smith (10.4) and Jarrett Culver (10.3).

With the win, the Red Raiders (15-2 overall, 4-1 in the Big 12) improved their home record to 12-0.

"I've been telling the guys that 'the dog with the bone is always in danger, ' " Huggins continued.

It's going to be loud in the Untied Supermarkets Arena and West Virginia has a big target on their back. The Mountaineers ae coming from a low-scoring 57-54 win over the Baylor Bears in which Lamond West scored 12 points in 5-for-13 shooting from the field.

Carter picked up his fourth foul with 5:40 left but stuck around to tie the game at 65-all with a 3-pointer. Wins over top teams have that kind of affect on all of us fans.

In the first half, the Red Raiders and Mountaineers battled back and forth as the lead changed eight times before the Mountaineers would establish a 38-31 lead heading into halftime. The game will be televised on ESPN with Mark Neely and Robbie Hummel providing the play-by-play. Senior Niem Stevenson is from Dallas and starts at the two, he averages eight points per game this year in just over 20 minutes. (13.8) at the guards with sophomores West (12.9), Wesley Harris (6.1) and Sagaba Konate (9.0) at the forwards.

Making his expected first appearance of the season will be 6-foot-8 junior Esa Ahmad, the team's second- leading scorer a year ago.

They play a half-court high pressure man to man defense and will switch up to a zone at times.