Texas Tech 'no fluke' after defeating West Virginia — ESPN insider


Texas Tech has a lot of depth with ten players who average double-digit minutes.

But whatever it is, Huggins knows his team is in for a challenge against the Red Raiders. Didn't play hisbest game at Oklahoma.

"They play like seniors", he added. "It was basically a Z thatwas emotionally attached to that game and disappointed".

The difference between TCU and the teams above is an ability to pull out close games. He averages 10.4 points per game, the second leading scorer for the Red Raiders.

"He's played well in practice is all I know", Huggins said. "Hopefully that's a sign of goodthings to come".

No. 8 Texas Tech (14-2, 3-1 Big 12) hosts No. 2 West Virginia (15-1, 4-0 Big 12) at United Supermarkets Arena. A 2 p.m. tipoff is set for the game, to be televised nationally on ESPN. We simply just gotta give ourselves a chance each possession by getting a shot up. We couldn't do what we do because I wouldn't have anybody left.

That helped Texas Tech (14-2, 3-1) win eight straight games during December and January, including three over ranked opponents and its first three Big 12 contests. It marked the highest WVU has been ranked since December 29, 1959 - JerryWest's senior season.

N. Carolina 69, Notre Dame 68: Joel Berry II hit two free throws with 7.1 seconds left as No. 20 North Carolina earned its first Atlantic Coast Conference road victory of the season. The game went back and forth for about the next 5 1/2 minutes until West Virginia made another run to end the half. "I tell ourguys that all the time. That's what everybody does, because that's how you can get to the free-throw line". "And that's why you admire what Bill's (Self) done at Kansas for all of these years because they not only got there, theystayed there". We think you've got to be a team that defends.

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Ahmad has been practicing with the team while sitting out, and he should be well-adjusted when he returns to the floor. West Virginia figures to get a big lift in that game, thanks to the return of. He ended up scoring 18 points off the bench. He also was aggressive on defense, notching 31 steals and 21blocks. He's fast with poking the ball loose and just being physical. This year's team is different and they didn't lose, they played relentless defense and Jevon Carter was such a veteran all game. "He's a guy that can run your team, he can score, he's tough, he's a great passer. But I want to be a prince one more day".

Huggins likened the situation to Wes Harris playing only six minutes in Tuesday's win over Baylor. Thanks for having our back throughout the entire game. Since then, he's has played in 77 games - starting in 54. Both teams have not only played quality teams but have beaten the snot out of them.

With that in mind, the freshmen class of Zhaire Smith, Jarrett Culver and Davide Moretti may be tasked with absorbing some of thoseminutes.

West Virginia had its nation-leading 15-game winning streak stopped. "In a lot of ways, they have the kind of program we're going to try tobuild". The best teams are going to be the ones that can win late and survive.

Justin Gray 6-6 Sr. He was 5 of 6 from the field.

Norense Odiase 6-9 Jr.

Texas Tech has an average, yet very experienced front court.

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