GAME PREVIEW: WVU at Texas Tech - WVU Football, WVU Basketball, News - Mountaineer Sports


Ryan Petrovich, MORGANTOWN -

On short rest, West Virginia (9-5) (1-0 in conference play) will face Texas Tech (8-6) (0-1 in conference play) in Lubbock, Texas for their second Big 12 match-up of the season.

The Red Raiders are coming off a loss to thirteenth ranked Iowa State. The Cyclones downed the Red Raiders 73-62.

Jay Crockett scored 20 points to lead Texas Tech in scoring while Dusty Hannahs dropped 16 and Jordan Tolbert chipped in with 11. As a team Texas Tech shot 25-57 (43.9 percent) from the field, 6-20 (30 percent) from behind the arc and just 6-8 (75 percent) from the free throw line.

Despite a 14-4 run in the second half, the Cyclones still proved to be too much for the Red Raiders. Thanks to great free throw shooting and various Red Raider turnovers the Cyclones ran away with the game.

West Virginia enters their second Big-12 game on a high note. The Mountaineers were able to get a road win over TCU 74-69. Even though the Mountaineers came away with a win, head coach Bob Huggins still wasn't pleased with how his team shot the ball.

"We're supposed to be a pretty good three point shooting team," said Huggins. "We didn't make any until Eron [Harris] came in and hit some."

Harris paved the way for the Mountaineers. Harris led the team in scoring with 22 points; Juwan Staten added 15 and Devin Williams had 12. As a team West Virginia shot 24-59 (40.7 percent) from the field, 7-17 (41.2 percent) from three-point land and 19-28 (67.9 percent) from the foul line.

Where West Virginia won the game was on the boards. Rebounding has been something the team had been looking to improve on and they did just that against TCU.

"We had been horrible on the glass," Huggins said. "We've spent a great deal of time at rebounding the ball, especially on the offensive side."

The Mountaineers were able to outrebound TCU 17-8 on the offensive side while outrebounding TCU 38-30 overall. Williams reeled in the most boards with eight while Staten and Terry Henderson both had seven rebounds.

"We're rebounding better," Huggins said. "Our recognition is getting better, recognition of what to do and when. We've got to continue to get better."

Late buckets from Staten helped the Mountaineers put the game away last Saturday.  The team will continue to lean on their perimeter players and look to Williams to control the post game.

West Virginia will try to win their second straight Big-12 game when they face Texas Tech tonight at 7:00 PM at the United Spirit Arena. The game will broadcasted live on ESPN3.

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