The No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders upset No. 2 West Virginia 72-71 on Saturday at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas, to snap the Mountaineers' 15-game winning streak. Starting instead for the Red Raiders was junior center Norense Odiase, along with senior guards Keenan Evan, Niem Stevenson and Justin Gray, with freshman Zhaire Smith starting at forward in place of Zach Smith. Sagaba Konate leads in rebounds with 7.5 while Carter tops in assists with 6.8 per game.
TCU overcame the Longhorns' size with stifling zone defense and shot over 80 percent from 3-point range, coming from behind in the final minute to beat a Texas team that blew out West Virginia by 20 on December 31. The 6-foot-8 senior from Plano, Texas, averaged double-digit points and a little more than 7 rebounds per game each of the past two seasons, but those numbers have decreased thus far in the 2017-18 campaign.
Texas Tech Head coach Chris Beard is in his second season in Lubbock. Brandone Francis also gave TT a big lift with 17 points off the bench. This is a very experienced Texas Tech team and the Press might not work as well it usually does.
However, there are times when it's questionable to rush the court.
West Virginia will get another offensive weapon this weekend with Esa Ahmad eligible to play after serving his suspension.
For the past four years the Kansas Jayhawks have lost in Morgantown and West Virginia is poised to make it five. "We've got great, great guys ... but we're all in this together, and if you think you're not in this with us, then go do something else". (13.8), West (12.9), James Bolden 10.4 and Teddy Allen (9.1) per game. The Mountaineers need to withstand the first ten minutes of the game, and not allow themselves to start the game in a big deficit. Midway through the second half, the Red Raiders cut the lead to one as they continued to comeback. King played over 30 minutes in each of the last two games, and on Wednesday pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.
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West Virginia has the home court and will have the best player on the court, as they do most Big 12 games with Jevon Carter.