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GAME PREVIEW: WVU takes on Texas Tech at Home

Morgan Farr, MORGANTOWN -

Texas Tech (10-8, 2-3 in conference play) travels to Morgantown on Wednesday, to take on the Mountaineers.  It's the second meeting of the season for the two teams.  

WVU pulled out a 3 point, overtime win in the first meeting in Lubbock.


The Red Raiders held off the TCU Horned Frogs in their last outing, 60-49 and scored a big victory over No. 12 Baylor before that.  It's the first time in nearly three years that Texas Tech has notched consecutive Big 12 wins.


Dusty Hannahs scored 13 points, while Dejan Kravic had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 blocks to propel the Raiders. Trailing at halftime after blowing a fourteen-point lead, they bounced back to a victory.  


Hannahs was they key player as he made both his shots from long range and was 7-7 from the free throw line, including a pair after Kaviar Shepard of TCU got a technical foul for hanging on the rim.


The WVU (10-8,3-2 in conference play) is coming off a 22-point loss to Kansas State Saturday afternoon (78-56). The Mountaineers are in dire need of a confidence boost and a win in Morgantown.


West Virginia shot 37.2 percent from the field, including 4 of 15 from behind the arc. In the last 2 games, the Mountaineers are just 8 of 40 from 3 point range.


West Virginia jumped out to an early lead, but eventually was held to a season low 56 points.


Kansas State held West Virginia to only two field goals during a nine-minute stretch in the first half to build a 33-19 lead. The Wildcats eventually pulled away to lead by thirteen at the break and they never looked back.


This team is struggling to score close to the basket and relies heavily on its guards for offensive power. This is an opportunity for the big men, like freshman center Devin Williams, to step up and make the most out of their minutes by contributing in a large way.


"I just think it takes some more effort from myself, from Eron [Harris], from Terry [Henderson]," said junior guard Juwan Staten. "We've tried to be positive in practice, be role models in practice, but we might need to start getting onto people more."

West Virginia has now dropped its third straight Big 12 game, after starting out the season with a pair of conference wins on the road.


Loses are starting to pile up for the Mountaineers and they need to fight through the adversity in order to climb back to the top.

The Mountaineers take on the Red Raiders at 8: 00 p.m. Wednesday night at the Coliseum.  The game will air on the Big 12 Network.

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