Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard isn't one to single out a player. "But I want to be a prince one more day".
Teddy Allen will have to bounce back this game and with Esa coming back it's going to be too much offense for Texas Tech. Didn't play hisbest game at Oklahoma. You can bet they will be moving up now.
"I don't know who has two better freshmen", he said. "It was basically a Z thatwas emotionally attached to that game and disappointed".
Evans, guards Niem Stevenson and Justin Gray and athletic 6-foot-8-inch forward Zach Smith are back this year. He filled up the stat sheet, but endedhis streak of consecutive games with double figures at 10. The Red Raiders have drawn more than 12,000 fans for each of their two home games in Big 12 play and expect another big gathering against No. 2 West Virginia. "He's practiced with us, you know, and he really hasn't practiced with the guys who played the most". "Hopefully that's a sign of goodthings to come".
Keenan Evans scored 20, Brandone Francis had a career-high 17 and No. 8 Texas Tech won the first Top 10 matchup on its home court, beating second-ranked West Virginia 72-71 on Saturday. The game will be televised on ESPN with Mark Neely and Robbie Hummel providing the play-by-play. The victory, combined with WVU's loss, creates a four-way tie atop the Big 12 between the Mountaineers, Jayhawks, Red Raiders and Oklahoma. "We've just got to finish. It's a big challengefor us, but I'm confident we'll be ready".
With the win, Texas Tech improved to 4-1 in Big 12 play and handed the Mountaineers their first loss since November 10, and their first in Big 12 play in the process. It marked the highest WVU has been ranked since December 29, 1959 - JerryWest's senior season. But, even though Texas Tech was favored by 4.5 points, this win for the Red Raiders over a No. 2 team that hit 11 of its 28 3-point attempts is an impressive feat under any circumstance, and even more so considering it now elevates them into the conversation as one of the favorites to win the league. "I tell ourguys that all the time". A typical West Virginia team would lose that game, much like what we saw previous year. Now the Red Raiders find themselves ranked in the top 10 with a chance to regain a share of the conference lead. Ahmad, who has practiced with the team during his abscence, was forced to sit out the first 16 contest due to anNCAA-imposed suspension. The Mountaineers hadn't lost a game since their season-opener on November 10, 2017.
NO. 7 TEXAS 79, KANSAS 62: Ariel Atkins scored 22, including 10 in the third quarter when the host Longhorns (14-2, 5-1 Big 12) turned a two-point deficit into a 14-point lead. He also was aggressive on defense, notching 31 steals and 21blocks.
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Odds were, a loss was going to occur in a stretch in which WVU plays four of five games versus Top 20 teams.
Another key player to watch will be Jevon Carter, a two-way threat at the guard position for the Mountaineers.
"Keenan Evans is terrific at the point", Huggins said. "He's a guy that can run your team, he can score, he's tough, he's a great passer".
"You'll just have to wait and see", Huggins said during Thursday's Big 12 teleconference. Since then, he's has played in 77 games - starting in 54.
With that in mind, the freshmen class of Zhaire Smith, Jarrett Culver and Davide Moretti may be tasked with absorbing some of thoseminutes.
Even though it's still January, the Big 12 is about to sort itself out.
West Virginia can take control of the title race on Saturday ... Let's say you're a top 10 team at home and you take down the No. 2 team in the country.