The Mountaineers are still pretty good on the offensive glass (freshman has been particularly good in that respect during limited minutes), but the WVU offense has given the ball away once every five trips down the floor early in Big 12 play.
"We showed a lot of character tonight", ISU coach Steve Prohm told the Des Moines Register. The game is set to be televised on ESPN.
After dropping their season opener to Texas A&M in Germany, the Mountaineers (15-1, 4-0) rattled off 15 straight wins and vaulted tosecond place in the AP Top 25 men's college basketball poll. The win moves Texas Tech to 15-2 overall and 4-1 in the Big 12.
"Junior guard Brandone Francis (6'5" 205-lbs) averages 4.8 points per game. Bob Huggins has run this system for years, and it has made up for the lack of superstar talents that have chosen to be a Mountaineer. And No. 2 West Virginia absorbed another tough lesson in Lubbock.
"It's not even close", he said. Ahmad, who has practiced with the team during his abscence, was forced to sit out the first 16 contest due to anNCAA-imposed suspension.
"I mean, those are the guys that we play". "I worry about his conditioning". Those are our guys, the guys we play. There doesn't appear to be even a significant team issue, much less a massive one. "He may not be at the top of his game come Saturday, but it won't be long after that he will be", Huggins added.
Texas Tech is one of the best college games since the Champions Tournament at the beginning of the season. Huggins said he didn't play Teddy Allen significant minutes because of the forward's attitude. That's what everybody does because that's what you can get to the free throw line doing, ball screening and driving to the rim. "In a lot of ways, they have the kind of program we're going to try tobuild".
That's certainly not the case today.
With Kansas winning by one over K-State and Oklahoma edging TCU in overtime, four teams are deadlocked atop the Big 12 after five games.
The last two games West Virginia has played in Lubbock have been down-to-the-wire affairs, WVU needed a last-second basket from Tarik Phillip to win in 2016 before losing in overtime there a year ago.
Beard is in his second season as the Texas Tech's head coach.
Once again, missed free throws by the Mountaineers contributed to the two overtime periods. However, Smith has been slowed by a foot injury that kept him out of Tuesday night's Oklahoma game, a Red Raider loss.
Three players are averaging at least 10.3 points per game for Texas Tech, they are: Evans (17.3), Zhaire Smith (10.4) and Jarrett Culver (10.3).
Six-nine junior center Norense Odiase was the fifth starter against the Sooners.
"Keenan Evans is terrific at the point", Huggins said. No KU player would ever - or should ever - look past a game against the in-state rival, and Self will make sure of that. Livingston was averaging 26 points over his three previous games and hit that mark while dishing seven assists. His presence makes the game plan change tremendously for other teams and that curveball puts them over the top in Lubbock.
"I don't know how anybody can shoot 50 percent", Huggins said.
"But in the locker room, it wasn't a Z just looking around like 'I wish the seniors would have played better.' ... They're really, really good and I think Chris (Beard) has done a great job of mixing them in with the older guys".