Mountaineers, Red Raiders to Battle Wednesday


By John Antonik for WVUsports.com
January 21, 2014 12:14 PM
West Virginia freshman forward Devin Williams fights for a rebound during last Saturday's loss at Kansas State.
Kansas State Athletic Media Relations photo
Limited Coliseum Parking
 
The men’s basketball team will play host to Texas Tech in the Coliseum on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m.
 
Coliseum parking on Wednesday will be extremely limited. Students who have classes in the Coliseum on Wednesday will be allowed to park in the Natatorium lot for free until
5 p.m. Students who do not have classes in the Coliseum, but in other areas of the Evansdale campus may park for free in the Coliseum lots near the Arboretum until 5 p.m. Space is limited at both locations.
 
WVU faculty and staff who work at the Coliseum will be allowed to park for free during the day until 5 p.m.
 
To offset this parking loss, all are reminded that short-term parking is available at the Alumni Center, Mountaineer Station on Van Voorhis Road, at a variety of short-term lots on the Evansdale campus, and in downtown parking garages and lots operated by the Morgantown Parking Authority. All of these alternatives have easy access to the PRT and Mountain Line bus system, which is free to WVU students, faculty and staff.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - As we dig ourselves out of the snowfall that is currently blanketing the Mountain State, the West Virginia University men’s basketball team is hard at work prepping for Wednesday night’s Big 12 game against Texas Tech.
 
After three consecutive losses to Oklahoma State, Texas and Kansas State, the Mountaineers are looking to get back to where they were a few weeks ago when they knocked off TCU and Texas Tech in succession in early January.
 
Against the Red Raiders back on Jan. 6, West Virginia got 25 points from Juwan Staten and a big 3 from Terry Henderson with 18 seconds left to send the game into overtime. From there, the Mountaineers outscored the Red Raiders 12-9 to take home their second conference victory of the season.
 
Since then, however, it’s been tough sledding for the good guys. WVU was a layup away from knocking off No. 11 Oklahoma State at the Coliseum on Jan. 11 before producing its two worst performances of the season - an 11-point loss to Texas last Monday night and then a 22-point defeat at K-State last Saturday.
 
In its two most recent losses, West Virginia had a tough time shooting the basketball, going 4 for 25 from 3 against Texas and just 4 for 15 from behind the arc versus Kansas State.
 
The 56 points scored against the Wildcats were the fewest produced by West Virginia, now 10-8, 2-3, this season.
 
Texas Tech, meanwhile, comes into Wednesday night’s game with a similar record but is traveling on a much different trajectory.
 
The Red Raiders have won back-to-back Big 12 games for the first time in nearly three years, snapped its 12-game conference road losing streak with last Saturday’s win at TCU, and is looking to get back to .500 in league play against the Mountaineers in Morgantown on Wednesday night.
 
Forward Jaye Crockett scored 19 points to lead Texas Tech to an 82-72 win over Baylor back on Jan. 15, and guard Dusty Hannahs led a balanced attack with 13 points in Tech’s 11-point win at TCU.
 
Texas Tech has three players averaging double figures, led by Crockett’s 14.2 points per game average. Crockett is also shooting a sizzling 56.8 percent from the floor, which is actually second on the team to Jordan Tolbert’s 58.3-percent shooting rate. Tolbert, a 6-7 forward, is averaging 12.1 points per game while 6-3 guard Robert Turner shows an average of 10.1 points per game.
 
Tolbert scored 18 and grabbed 12 rebounds before fouling out in the first meeting against West Virginia in Lubbock, while guard Toddrick Gotcher added 17 points and Crockett contributed 15.
 
In addition to Staten’s game-high 25, Eron Harris scored 18 and Henderson contributed 16 in the 89-86 Mountaineer overtime triumph.
 
Harris continues to lead the Mountaineers in scoring with an average of 17.6 points per game, with Staten right behind him at 17.3 points per contest. It was Harris (21) and Staten (16) who scored most of West Virginia’s points in last Saturday’s loss at Kansas State.
 
Henderson is the only other WVU player averaging double figures right now at 11.6 per game, but he was held to just two points on 1 of 8 shooting against Kansas State last weekend.
 
Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith will be one of just a handful of coaches coming to the Coliseum with a national title already under his belt.
 
Among the others were Kentucky’s Adolph Rupp, Ohio State’s Fred Taylor, Georgetown’s John Thompson, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim, Connecticut’s Jim Calhoun, Louisville’s Rick Pitino and Kansas’ Bill Self.
 
Tipoff is slated for 8 p.m. and the game will be televised on the Big 12 Network. Stations carrying the contest locally include MASN (Capital region), PCNC (Pittsburgh), WIYE-My 5 (Parkersburg), WVFX (North Central West Virginia), WQCW (Charleston-Huntington), WOAY (Beckley-Bluefield), WTOV (Northern Panhandle) and on ESPN3.com.
 
The Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG will provide radio coverage on stations throughout West Virginia.

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West Virginia Moutaineers, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Big 12 Conference men's basketball


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