Wed. Nov 30th, 2022


No. 25 Texas Tech is on a 22-game dwelling profitable streak going into the second sport of the season the place it’s going to tackle Texas Southern at 7 p.m. on Thursday on the United Supermarkets Area. The Purple Raiders (1-0) earned a 73-49 season-opening win over Northwestern State on Monday, whereas the Tigers (0-1) took a 90-77 loss to San Francisco of their opener in California.
 
• Tech is coming off a season the place it reached the NCAA Candy 16 for the sixth time in program historical past and superior to the NCAA Event for the fourth straight time – a brand new Tech report… Tech has made the NCAA Event 19 instances in program historical past
• Texas Southern has made the NCAA Event 10 instances in its program historical past, together with two straight with wins in First 4 video games in Dayton over the previous two tournaments
• Mark Adams is in his second season main the Texas Tech program… A 1979 Tech graduate, Adams led the Purple Raiders to a 27-10 general report and 12-6 convention mark in his first season as the top coach… He was named the Related Press Massive 12 Coach of the Yr and was a finalist for the Naismith Nationwide Coach of the Yr
• Tech returned just one starter (Kevin Obanor) and three lettermen (Daniel Batcho, KJ Allen and Obanor) from final 12 months’s workforce whereas welcoming in 5 transfers (D’Maurian Williams, Fardaws Aimaq, Jaylon Tyson, De’Vion Harmon, Kerwin Walton) and 5 true freshmen (Lamar Washington, Pop Isaacs, Robert Jennings, CJ Williams, Elijah Fisher)
• Batcho led Tech with 12 factors, 10 rebounds and 4 assists within the win over Northwestern State… It was his first profession begin, first double-double, career-high in scoring and third profession sport in double-figure rebounds
• The Purple Raider starters for the season-opener was Obanor, Batcho, Isaacs, Tyson and Harmon… They’re 1-0 as a beginning unit… Batcho, Isaacs and Tyson have been all making their first begins… Harmon has now began 92 video games and Obanor 124 of their school careers
• Corey Williams returned as an assistant coach for his second season at Tech whereas Steve Inexperienced and Al Pinkins joined the employees as assistant coaches in the course of the offseason… Pinkins returns to Tech after 4 seasons at Florida following working at Tech from 2016-18… Inexperienced was at South Plains Faculty for the previous 23 seasons the place he was a nationwide champion… Adams has constructed a employees that additionally consists of: Rick Cooper (chief of employees), Taylor Sinclair (director of operations), Sean Sutton (advisor), Darryl Dora (participant personnel), Matt Scherbenske (director of recruiting), George Neilson (director of scouting), Darby Wealthy (energy & conditioning), John Bloom (assistant energy & conditioning), Luke Adams (participant improvement), Cooper Anderson (coordinator of operations), Jamaal Scott (teachers) and Briana Whitaker (govt affiliate)
• Tech went 18-0 at dwelling final season, together with 9-0 in Massive 12 play… The workforce is scheduled to play 17 dwelling video games this season and is at the moment 1-0
• The Purple Raiders completed No. 1 in defensive effectivity for the second time in 4 seasons final 12 months… After one sport, the Purple Raiders are ninth within the class on Kenpom… Tech additionally topped the Kenpom.com class in 2019 and have been No. 9 in 2020
• Tech has received 16 straight non-conference dwelling video games and not using a loss since an extra time defeat to Kentucky on Jan. 25, 2020… The 16 straight wins come after this system had received 54 non-conference dwelling video games in a row earlier than the loss to the Wildcats in a Massive 12-SEC Problem matchup
• Completed with an 18-0 report at dwelling in 2021-22 season which was solely matched by Kentucky going 18-0 at Rupp Area… Outscored opponents 79.7 to 58.8 per sport with opponents capturing 39.1 %… 16 of the 18 dwelling wins have been by double-digits with the one ones not by 10 or extra being victories over Kansas (75-67, +8) and Kansas State (73-68, +5)
• The Purple Raiders had a sell-out (15,098) for his or her season-opener on Monday after they completed eleventh nationally in common attendance final season with 13,973 followers per sport and 251,515 complete… Tech had 5 sell-outs final season and established a brand new program report by exceeding capability at 15,300 followers in attendance towards Texas… There have been 12 video games of 14,000+ in attendance and all 18 exceeded 12,000
 
ROSTER REPORT
• Kevin Obanor has began all 38 video games since he joined the Purple Raiders final season and is coming off 9 factors and 4 rebounds within the season opener towards Northwestern State… He completed final season with double-doubles in every of the three NCAA Event video games… Obanor, who’s a fifth-year senior, began his school profession with three seasons at Oral Roberts earlier than transferring to Tech final season… He has 1,685 factors, 893 rebounds, 171 3-pointers and 35 double-doubles in his profession… Obanor earned All-Massive 12 Honorable Point out choice final season and is on the All-Massive 12 Preseason Honorable Point out checklist together with the Julius Erving Award Watch Checklist to start out this 12 months… He scored a season-high 23 factors and in addition had 13 rebounds within the dwelling win over Baylor final season earlier than going for 15 factors and 15 rebounds within the win over Notre Dame to achieve the Candy 16… Obanor had 10 factors and 10 rebounds towards Duke to complete the season.
• Daniel Batcho recorded the primary double-double of his profession with 12 factors and 10 rebounds within the win over Northwestern State… He additionally added a team-high 4 assists… Batcho’s 12 factors have been a career-high after he had scored eight in video games final season towards Incarnate Phrase and Alabama State… Within the season opener, he went 4-for-5 from the sphere and 4-for-5 on the free-throw line… He returned for his second season with the Purple Raiders after enjoying in 33 video games as a reserve final season… A Paris, France native, Batcho had a season-high 11 rebounds within the extra time win over Tennessee final season… He would go off for 4 blocked pictures, six factors and three rebounds towards West Virginia for his greatest Massive 12 sport.
• Jaylon Tyson scored eight factors and had 5 rebounds in his Texas Tech debut on Monday evening… He transferred to Tech at midterm final season however didn’t play in a sport for the Purple Raiders… In opposition to Northwestern State, Tyson made his first collegiate begin and was 3-for-4 from the sphere, together with going 2-for-3 on 3-pointers…He started his profession on the College of Texas the place he performed in eight video games with career-high 11 factors coming towards Houston Christian… A Plano, Texas native, Tyson was an all-state performer and state champion at John Paul II… His youthful brother is a freshman on the College of Colorado soccer workforce.
• De’Vion Harmon was additionally within the beginning lineup in his Texas Tech debut on Monday the place he completed with seven factors and 4 assists (matching a team-high)… Harmon transferred from Oregon the place he performed final season after two years at Oklahoma… Harmon, a Denton, Texas native who was a Class 6A All-State performer at Guyer HS, has performed in 92 video games in his school profession the place he has 935 factors, 190 assists and 108 steals… Harmon averaged 10.8 factors per sport and had 71 assists final season for the Geese after averaging 12.9 factors per sport for the Sooners as a sophomore… Harmon began 34 of 35 video games final 12 months and a season-high 21 factors coming towards Stanford.
• Kerwin Walton performed as a reserve within the season opener and led the Tech bench with 9 factors and 4 rebounds… He performed the final two seasons at North Carolina earlier than transferring to Tech in the course of the summer time… He has made 81 3-pointers by 61 video games in his profession with a career-high 5 3-pointers made in a sport towards Louisville in his freshman season… Walton is 81-for-206 (39.3 %) from past the arc, together with making a UNC freshman 3-point proportion report with 58 3-pointers the place he began 20 video games throughout his first season in Chapel Hill… Walton, a Hopkins, Minnesota native, averaged 8.2 factors per sport as a freshman for the Tar Heels with a career-high 19 factors coming in that sport towards Louisville.
• KJ Allen scored two factors in 11 minutes towards Northwestern State on Monday after he had performed in 19 video games as a reserve final season for the Purple Raiders with a season-high six factors coming in video games towards Kansas State and Omaha… A Los Angeles native, Allen added a season-best eight rebounds within the convention sport towards Kansas State… He completed his first season in Lubbock by going 16-for-30 from the sphere… Allen was featured on the Netflix documentary Final Probability U whereas enjoying at East Los Angeles Faculty the place he averaged 18.5 factors and 9.3 rebounds per sport.
• D’Maurian Williams scored six factors in 13 minutes of play in his Texas Tech debut on Monday the place he was 2-for-3 from the sphere and 2-for-2 on the free-throw line… Williams now has 737 factors, 131 assists, 58 steals and 220 rebounds by 58 video games in his profession… He’s in his first season at Tech after transferring from Gardner-Webb the place he performed the previous two seasons… An Arizona native, Williams received a nationwide championship after highschool at Putnam Science Academy… He averaged in double-figures each seasons at Gardner-Webb, going for 10.8 factors per sport as a freshman earlier than averaging 14.5 factors per sport final season as a sophomore… He had a career-high 27 factors towards Columbia Worldwide final season and made six 3-pointers towards Western Colorado.
• Fardaws Aimaq is an All-Massive 12 Preseason Honorable Point out choice and can be on the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Watch Checklist for the highest middle in school basketball. A switch from Utah Valley, Aimaq has recorded 1,056 factors, 918 rebounds, 99 blocked pictures and 41 double-doubles in his profession… His 41 double-doubles are the fifth most for an lively participant within the nation… He earned the 2020-21 WAC Participant of the Yr honors as a sophomore after main the nation with 15.0 rebounds to go together with 13.9 factors per sport and is coming off a junior season the place he went for 18.9 factors and 13.6 rebounds per sport… He was named the WAC Defensive Participant of the Yr the earlier two seasons… Throughout his profession, he is averaged 11.1 rebounds per sport which is the third greatest profession mark nationally… Aimaq will probably be sidelined with a foot damage to start the season with no official timetable for his return.
• 5 freshmen made their debuts on Monday with Lamar Washington, Pop Isaacs, Robert Jennings, CJ Williams and Elijah Fisher every entering into the sport towards Northwestern State… Isaacs was within the beginning lineup to start the season, contributing six factors after going 2-for-3 from the sphere whereas Jennings additionally had six factors in 10 minutes as a reserve. Jennings was 2-for-3 from the sphere and 2-for-2 on the free-throw line for the Purple Raiders whereas Washington had 4 assists (matched team-high) and three factors. Fisher would play 16 minutes, scoring 5 factors and including three rebounds in his first collegiate motion. Washington was the 2021 Oregon Gatorade Participant of the Yr whereas enjoying at Jefferson Excessive Faculty as a junior earlier than enjoying at Compass Prep in Arizona final season as a senior. He produced 2,135 factors, 705 rebounds and 823 assists throughout his highschool profession. Isaacs, a Las Vegas native, averaged 23 factors as a senior at Coronado Excessive Faculty the place he was named the Southern Nevada Offensive Participant of the Yr. Alongside together with his prep profession, he received a Gold Medal enjoying with the USA Basketball U16 workforce. A Desoto, Texas native, Robert Jennings averaged 17 factors and 10 rebounds final season whereas enjoying for the Texas Alliance of Christian Athletes (dwelling faculty). He additionally performed at Desoto HS earlier than ending at dwelling. Elijah Fisher was a consensus five-star recruit and ranked No. 15 by ESPN for the 2023 class. He reclassified to play this season and enrolled at Tech a 12 months early. A Toronto, Ontario, Canada native, Fisher averaged 28 factors and 13 rebounds throughout his junior season. CJ Williams was a four-time all-state performer at Fayetteville HS. He’s the son of Tech assistant coach Corey Williams.
 
RANKINGS
• Tech enters the season at No. 24 within the USA TODAY Coaches Ballot and No. 25 within the Related Press Prime-25 Ballot
• Tech has now earned a preseason rating thrice in program historical past
• The Purple Raiders opened the 2019-20 season at No. 13 after reaching the Remaining 4 for his or her highest preseason rating and have been No. 14 to start the 2020-21 season
• Tech was unranked to start final season earlier than coming into the polls at No. 25 following an extra time win over Tennessee within the Jimmy V Traditional
• It took Tech 5 weeks earlier than it earned the rating final season however remained ranked for the remainder of the season
• Tech was as excessive as No. 9 throughout February and completed the season at No. 14
• Tech’s highest AP rating in program historical past got here at No. 6 in February of 2018 (sixteenth Week Ballot)… The 2018-19 workforce was No. 8 within the last week of the common season and No. 7 all through the postseason that led to the 2019 Nationwide Championship Remaining
 
OFF AND RUNNING
• Tech has now received 23 straight season openers and is 71-27 within the first sport of a season all-time
• This 12 months was the twenty fifth straight season Tech opened its season at dwelling
• Tech’s final loss to start a season got here towards Indiana on November 19, 1999… That sport was the first-ever within the USA which was then often known as United Spirit Area… The sport featured Andy Ellis scoring a career-high 30 factors in entrance of 15,050 followers for a sellout
• Tech misplaced its first-ever season opener with a 37-25 loss to Daniel Baker on January 25, 1926
• Tech began final season with a 6-0 report earlier than a loss at Windfall Faculty… It was the eighth time in program historical past to start a 12 months with six straight wins.
• The Purple Raiders started the 1929-30 season with a 12-0 report for one of the best begin in program historical past and have been 10-0 to start the 2018-19 season earlier than a loss to Duke at Madison Sq. Backyard
 
THE SERIES
• Texas Tech leads the all-time collection towards Texas Southern by a 1-0 margin
• The applications are assembly for the primary time since an 80-71 win by the Purple Raiders on November 18, 2013
• Jaye Crockett led Tech with 21 factors and 7 rebounds as Tech improved to 3-1 to start the 2013-14 season with its win over TSU
• The attendance for the sport in 2013 was solely 4,682 on the United Spirit Area
• This would be the first time within the collection with Tech as a ranked workforce

• Tech is 20-0 towards SWAC opponents in program historical past, together with wins over Grambling, Prairie View A&M and Alabama State final season
• The Purple Raiders are scheduled to play Jackson State on the Coaches vs. Racism Roundball Traditional on December 17 in Houston
 
THE TIGERS

• Texas Southern went 19-13 final season and reached the NCAA Event the place it earned a 76-67 win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi within the First 4 earlier than dropping to Kansas within the first spherical
• Texas Southern is a Southwestern Athletic Convention opponent from Houston, Texas
• Johnny Jones is in his fifth season main this system; Jones performed and coached at LSU and was additionally the top coach on the College of North Texas for 11 seasons
• Texas Southern has made 10 NCAA Event appearances in program historical past, together with in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2021 and 2022

• The Tigers earned NCAA Event First 4 wins in 2018, 2021 and 2022; This system knocked off North Carolina Central in 2018, topped Mount Saint Mary’s in 2021 and superior by beating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi by a 76-67 margin final season
• TSU misplaced 83-56 to Kansas within the NCAA Event First Spherical final season
• TSU has received the SWAC Championship Event 10 instances and the common season title 14 instances; They’ve received the previous two match titles
• PJ Henry, Karl Nicholas and John Walker III returned this season after sturdy seasons final 12 months main the workforce’s manufacturing; Nicholls was named the SWAC Defensive Participant of the Yr and to the All-SWAC First Staff whereas Walker was a SWAC Second-Staff choice
• Henry led the Tigers with 21 factors and 5 steals within the opener towards San Francisco, He was 6-for-17 from the sphere and made seven free throws
• Walker added 19 factors on 7-for-12 capturing, whereas Davon Barnes gave TSU three gamers in double figures with 14 factors
• Shaqir O’Neal, a son of Shaquille O’Neal, performs for TSU; Texas Tech additionally performed towards Shaq’s son Shareef O’Neal when he was at LSU
 
DOMINATING THE PAINT
Texas Tech began the season 28-8 scoring benefit over Northwestern State within the paint… The Purple Raiders outscored 35 of 37 opponents contained in the paint final season by a mixed 1,230-654 scoring benefit. Sport-by-game factors from the paint are listed beneath.
TTU 54 – UNF 20; TTU 30 – GRM 16; TTU 38 – PVAMU 20; TTU 40 – UIW 24; TTU 54 – UNO 10; TTU 26 – LMR 20; TTU 30 – PC 22; TTU 28 – TENN 26; TTU 40 – ARK ST. 12; TTU 26 – GONZ 16; TTU 40 – EWU 4; TTU 36 – ALB ST. 8; TTU 28 – ISU 6; TTU 44 – KU 18; TTU 36 – BU 22; TTU 30 – OSU 20; TTU 30 – ISU 26; TTU 30 – WVU 16; TTU 46 – KU 40; TTU 44 – MISS ST. 16; TTU 30 – UT 24; TTU 34 – WVU 10; TTU 30 – OU 18; TTU 38 – TCU 20; TTU 28 – BU 22; TTU 26 – UT 10; TTU 34 – OU 16; TTU 40 – TCU 30; TTU 36 – KSU 10; TTU 22 – OSU 26; TTU 42 – ISU 14; OU 26 – TTU 22; TTU 36 – KU 30; TTU 38 – MSU 16; TTU 24 – ND 10; TTU 42-Duke 36.
 
JUST GETTING STARTED
• Tech opens the season with a three-game homestand on the United Supermarkets Area earlier than taking off for Maui
• Up subsequent, to conclude the homestand, is Louisiana Tech on Monday, November 14; The sport is at 7 p.m. and will probably be broadcast on ESPN+
• Louisiana Tech is led by Talvin Hester who was an assistant coach for Adams final season… The Bulldogs went 24-10 final season
• Tech’s dwelling stand ends with a visit to the Maui Invitational and a first-round matchup towards No. 9-ranked Creighton on Monday, November 21
 
 

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