By: Wes Bloomquist
LUBBOCK, Texas – Texas Tech will proceed its manner via the primary rounds of the Massive 12 gauntlet by internet hosting West Virginia at 6 p.m. on Wednesday on the United Supermarkets Enviornment.
The Pink Raiders (10-9, 0-7 Massive 12) are coming off a 68-58 loss at No. 13 Kansas State, whereas the Mountaineers (11-8, 1-6 Massive 12) took a 69-61 dwelling loss to No. 10 Texas throughout Saturday’s video games. Tech, which received each matchups towards WVU final season, is at present 8-3 on its dwelling court docket this season the place it’s averaging 13,367 followers which ranks 18th nationally and second inside the Massive 12.
Kevin Obanor leads the Pink Raiders this season with 14.7 factors and 6.3 rebounds per sport after going for 9 factors and eight rebounds at KSU. Obanor has performed 56 video games at Tech over the previous two seasons and in 142 throughout his profession. A fifth-year senior, he has 1,956 factors and 1,008 rebounds in his profession. Virginia’s Jayden Gardner and LSU’s KJ Williams are the one lively gamers at present with over 2,000 factors and 1,000 rebounds. Tech freshman Pop Isaacs and senior De’Vion Harmon led Tech with 13 factors every at KSU whereas Jaylon Tyson had eight factors and 7 rebounds. Tyson was coming off his first two double-doubles of his profession towards Texas and Baylor whereas Fardaws Aimaq offered six factors and 6 rebounds in his third sport again from a foot damage that had him out the primary 16 sport of the season. Daniel Batcho is sixth within the Massive 12 in rebounding and second with 1.9 blocks per sport. He had six factors, 4 rebounds and one block towards KSU.
Tech led the Wildcats by a 33-28 margin at halftime however are actually 0-3 in Massive 12 video games when main on the break and 0-7 towards ranked opponents. WVU would be the first unranked opponent for the Pink Raiders up to now 4 video games. Tech, which went 18-0 at dwelling final season with a 9-0 Massive 12 mark, was on a 29-game dwelling profitable streak earlier than opening Massive 12 play with dwelling losses to Kansas, Oklahoma and Baylor.
Isaacs is averaging 12.1 factors and has made 47 3-pointers for the season and leads Tech by averaging 15.8 factors per sport in Massive 12 play. He has scored in double figures in a career-best seven straight video games and has made 11 3-pointers over the previous three video games – together with hitting 5 3-pointers at Texas in a sport the place he scored 23 factors. Isaacs was 3-for-11 on 3s at KSU, together with hitting a halftime buzzer beater to offer Tech a 33-28 lead via 20 minutes. A freshman from Las Vegas, he’s at present 47-for-125 (37.6 p.c) on 3-pointers this season with 9 video games the place he has made three or extra 3-pointers.
Harmon has now scored 1,158 factors via 110 video games, whereas Aimaq is at 1,086 factors and 938 rebounds in 86 profession video games. Harmon and Aimaq are each of their first seasons at Tech after three seasons in different packages – Harmon at Oklahoma (2) and Oregon (1) and Aimaq at Mercer (1) and Utah Valley (2). Aimaq is averaging 10.0 factors and 6.7 rebounds in three video games at Tech, together with having 12 factors and 9 rebounds towards Baylor final Tuesday. Harmon turned 22 years previous on Sunday.
WVU is led by Tre Mitchell who’s averaging 13.1 factors and 5.9 rebounds per sport after transferring from Texas final season, whereas Erik Stevenson is at 12.9 factors per sport and Kedrian Johnson is scoring 10.7 ppg. and leads the workforce with 57 assists. Emmitt Matthews give WVU 4 double-figure scorers with 10.1 ppg. from the beginning the lineup and Joe Toussaint leads the reserves with 9.9 ppg. with 18 video games off the bench and one begin. A fifth-year senior from Dallas, Johnson led WVU with 22 factors towards Texas on Saturday night time after making three 3-pointers and 7 free throws. He started his profession at Temple Faculty earlier than transferring to WVU. Mitchell added eight rebounds and 12 factors within the loss to the Longhorns in 40 minutes of play.
WVU leads the all-time collection by a 16-8 margin over Tech with the collection even at 5-5 in video games performed in Lubbock. Tech swept the collection final season, together with incomes a 78-65 win on January 22, 2022 in Lubbock. The collection is even at 5-5 over the previous 10 matchups and can happen once more this season on February 18 in Morgantown.
The Pink Raiders will enterprise outdoors of convention play for the ultimate time within the common season this weekend with a Massive 12-SEC Problem journey to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to play LSU at 1 p.m. contained in the Maravich Heart. Tech earned a 76-71 win over the Tigers on January 30, 2021 within the final matchup between the 2 groups.