West Virginia continues to show potential, but the Mountaineers continue to come up short and see their record drop.
On Saturday, WVU (9-11, 2-5) will travel to Lubbock to take on a Texas Tech (9-9, 2-5) team that hasn't been much better this season. The two teams are tied for seventh in the Big 12 standings, and each has lost five of its last six games.
For West Virginia, the most recent loss was also one of the most disappointing of the season. Down by 15 at one point in the first half, the Mountaineers fought back against #2 Kansas and pulled within two in the second half. Yet, another scoring drought struck, and the Jayhawks escaped Morgantown with a win.
Texas Tech's last loss had to be fairly disheartening, as well. The Red Raiders went on the road to play a Texas team that had yet to win a conference game, but by the time it was over, the Longhorns had put together a resounding 16-point win.
That leaves both Texas Tech and West Virginia hoping for a bounce-back win on Saturday.
Hitting the boards is one of the keys for the Mountaineers. This team is still ranked 318th in the country in field goal percentage at 39.4 percent. There are a lot of missed shots, but West Virginia has done a good job gathering those rebounds. The Mountaineers have more offensive rebounds than any other team in the Big 12.
On the other hand, the Red Raiders are the second worst team in the conference in defensive rebounds. They're also last in the conference in field goal percentage defense, so it could be an opportunity to break through with a good shooting game for West Virginia.
Because of offensive struggles, the Mountaineers have just one player scoring double digits per game. Aaric Murray averages exactly ten points per game, and also leads the team in rebounding with 6.7. Juwan Staten adds 9.8 for WVU.
Texas Tech has the same issue. Jaye Crockett leads with 12.7 points and 7.7 rebounds, but the next leading scorers, Dejan Kravic and Josh Gray, put up just 9.3 each.
This will just be the second time these two schools have ever met. The last time was in 2005 when they met in the NCAA Tournament. West Virginia won that game, 65-60.
Saturday's game will tip at 1:30 and will be available on ESPN3. It will also be covered by the Big 12 Network. Check your local listings.