The win could be enough to see the Red Raiders crack the top 5 of the AP rankings on Monday. The Mountaineers had their nation-leading 15-game winning streak stopped.
On the season, Texas Tech basketball averages 80.1 points, 38.9 rebounds and 15.8 assists per game.
The Mountaineers are 15-1 overall, 4-0 in the Big 12, and are hoping Ahmad's addition can add to an already potent frontcourt that includes emerging forwards Sagaba Konate, Lamont West and Wesley Harris. A win would have given the Raiders road victories at both OU and KU.
Beard has been adamant about Texas Tech increasing its home-court advantage through crowd support. "Starting Senior Forward Zach Smith (6'8" 220-lbs) did not play against the Sooners due to an injury and is still day to day. Two seniors and one junior start and as a team, TTU starts four seniors.
Point guard Keenan Evans' 3 with five seconds left sent the game into overtime after WVU went through a six-minute field goal drought at the end of regulation.
(10) OHIO STATE 77, INDIANA 62: Stephanie Mavunga had 20 points and 18 rebounds to lead Ohio State (16-2, 5-0 Big Ten) over Indiana (8-11, 1-5) at Bloomington, Indiana.
TTU coach Chris Beard, who is 32-16 in his second season in Lubbock, will go with a starting lineup that includes junior Norense Odiase (4.7 ppg.) at center and seniors Justin Gray (5.6), Niem Stevenson (7.8) and Evans (17.3) along with freshman Smith (10.4) at the guards. Kansas also starts Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the four and he can really make the three-point shots.
Clemson 72, Miami 63: Donte Grantham had 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and Mark Donnal had 12 points, including two critical second-half 3s, as No. 19 Clemson outlasted 18th-ranked Miami. He averages 17 points per game and shoots 48% from downtown.
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However, there are times when it's questionable to rush the court.
The Red Raiders run a motion offense, that will feature double high screens.
They were the last team in the Big 12 with a flawless league record. Esa Ahmad added 18 in his season debut following an NCAA academic suspension. This is good news for a team that had one of their worst offensive performances the past Tuesday night against Baylor.
What makes this even more exciting is that Zach Smith, the senior forward for Texas Tech still has more to give, as he's still dealing with a nagging ankle injury.
The Mountaineers survived a grueling test against Baylor on Tuesday in Morgantown and came away with a.
West Virginia can take control of the title race on Saturday ...
Combine that with Jevon Carter going off for 28 points, and West Virginia as a team making 11 three-pointers, more likely than not the team is going to win the game. "We are going to have a bullseye on our backs, but that's why you're playing". I expect the Red Raiders to be riding on a lot of emotion to start the game.
While the extra attention has been good for tickets sales, Mountaineers head coach Bob Huggins has done his best to temper hisplayer's expectations considering there are plenty of conference games left to be played. They beat us off the dribble and we didn't guard the ball screen. They average 13 turnovers a game.