The West Virginia University Basketball Team finds themselves in a place they have not been in for a very long time. With conference tournaments revving up, the Mountaineers are no where near the conversation for the NCAA Tournament or the tournament bubble. The only way they can reach it is to win the Big 12 Tournament and that journey begins Wednesday night against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
The last team West Virginia (13-18, 6-12) defeated was Texas Tech (10-19, 3-15). Unfortunately for WVU, that was nearly a month ago. They have lost six games in a row (by an average of 12.8 points) dating back to the game against the Red Raiders on February 16.
This will be the third time these two schools have faced each other since season with WVU winning the first two. In the first meeting, Eron Harris led WVU with 18 points and Ty Nurse led TTU with 14. The second time around, Deniz Kilicli scored 25 to lead the Mountaineers, while Jaye Crockett came off the bench to lead Texas Tech with 18.
Texas Tech has won just two of their last 17 games. They are next to last in the Big 12 in both points (65.2) and rebounds (32.4) per game. Jaye Crockett is their leading scorer and the only Red Raider averaging double-figures with 11.9 points per game. He is also their leading rebounder with 6.8 per game.
West Virginia ended the regular season without having a single player averaging double-figures. Eron Harris was on the cusp of getting there, averaging 9.9 points per game. Aaric Murray leads the team in rebounds per game with 5.8.
The game will be Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. ET and will be aired on the Big 12 Network (can be viewed online at ESPN3.com).
The winner faces the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks Thursday afternoon.