West Virginia vs. Texas Tech: Full Game Preview

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West Virginia vs. Texas Tech: Full Game Preview
West Virginia
(9-11, 2-8 away)
Texas Tech
(9-9, 8-6 home)
Venue: United Spirit Arena
1:30PM ET / 10:30AM PT, February 02, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
West Virginia A Murray 10.0 A Murray 6.7 J Staten 2.9
Texas Tech J Crockett 12.7 J Crockett 7.7 J Gray 2.6

West Virginia heads to United Spirit Arena on Saturday to take on Texas Tech. The game gets underway at 1:30 EST and you can catch it on Big 12 Network. The Mountaineers have not played the Red Raiders since the 2004-05 season, when they won 65-60.

West Virginia is tied with Texas Tech for 7th in the conference.

The Mountaineers were defeated by Kansas 61-56 on January 28th despite 17 points and 7 rebounds from Aaric Murray. He contributes team-best marks with 10.0 points per game, 6.7 rebounds per game, and 1.6 blocks per game. The Red Raiders were defeated by Texas 73-57 on January 26th despite 18 points and 13 rebounds from Jordan Tolbert. He is averaging 9.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Texas Tech StatSmack

  • The West Virginia blocks leader (Aaric Murray) has more blocks than the Texas Tech blocks leader (Dejan Kravic).
  • West Virginia is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on West Virginia is 212 lbs compared to 198 lbs for Texas Tech.
  • West Virginia takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Texas Tech (7 vs 3).
  • Diaper Dandies love us. West Virginia has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Texas Tech (1 vs 0).
  • AP voters think more highly of West Virginia and have put us in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Texas Tech (76 vs 17).
  • West Virginia has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 5 years (64.78% to 42.28%).
  • We win when it counts, too. West Virginia has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than Texas Tech (12 vs 3).
  • Even computers respect West Virginia more. We have a better RPI this season than Texas Tech (RPI: #101 vs #201).
  • West Virginia beat Texas Tech by 5 points the last time they played (Mar 24, 2005).
  • West Virginia has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Texas Tech (1 vs 0).
  • We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, West Virginia has had more players drafted by the NBA than Texas Tech (3 vs 1).
WVU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B- Aaric Murray 22 10 7 1 1 2 1
C+ Juwan Staten 30 10 3 3 1 0 2
C Terry Henderson 21 8 3 1 1 0 1
C Gary Browne 22 7 3 2 1 0 1
C Jabarie Hinds 23 8 2 2 1 0 2
C Eron Harris 17 7 2 1 1 0 1
C Deniz Kilicli 20 7 4 1 0 0 2
C- Keaton Miles 14 3 2 1 1 1 0
C- Kevin Noreen 17 3 4 1 0 0 1
D+ D. Rutledge 13 3 4 1 1 0 1
D+ Matt Humphrey 11 5 2 0 1 0 1
D Aaron Brown 7 2 1 1 0 0 0
D Volodymyr Gerun 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Richard Romeo 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Aric Dickerson 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
TTU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Jaye Crockett 26 13 8 1 1 0 2
C Dejan Kravic 21 9 5 1 1 1 2
C Jordan Tolbert 22 9 6 0 1 1 2
C Josh Gray 25 9 3 3 2 0 3
D+ J. Williams, Jr. 20 5 2 2 0 0 1
D+ Dusty Hannahs 20 7 1 0 0 0 1
D Trency Jackson 22 7 2 1 1 0 2
D Daylen Robinson 19 4 2 2 1 0 2
D T. Gotcher 12 3 2 0 0 0 0
D Kader Tapsoba 8 3 2 0 0 1 0
D- Ty Nurse 13 1 1 1 1 0 0
F Clark Lammert 4 0 1 0 0 0 0
F Luke Adams 4 2 1 0 0 0 0
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