Thu, 01/08/2015 - 5:24pm

When the question was asked of West Virginia coach Bob Huggins if he enjoyed the high level of competition in the Big 12, Huggins wasn't sure "enjoy" was the right word. "It's extremely competitive," Huggins said. "You play everybody twice. .

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 8:57pm

It's hard to win a game by turning the ball over more times than sinking baskets. Texas Tech (10-5, 0-2) finished with 22 turnovers and only 18 made field goals in a 78-67 loss to No.

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 10:57pm

Texas Tech MBB injury update (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Freshman forward Justin Gray played only six minutes Monday night against West Virginia.

Coach Smith said his tendinitis, that Gray has in both knees, has flared up bad.

"We're going to have to shut him down," Smith said. "I'm afraid he might do more damage to his knees. It really hurts because he's a 6-foot-6 guy that can play the three and four."

By "shut him down," Gray won't practice this week. Smith said they would see how he is at game time. 

Coach Huggins on Juwan Staten (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Juwan Staten returned from missing the TCU game with the flu.

He finished with a team-high 16 points in West Virginia's 78-67 win over Texas Tech.

"When I walked in the locker room he was throwing up in a trashcan," Huggins said. "They were like, ‘(Juwan) is in there throwing up.’ I was like, ‘Good. That’s a good thing. That’s what men do. Men go do their job.’ That’s what men do. Don’t let a little cold bother you. Go out there and play. Sweat it out.”

West Virginia guard Staten good to go vs. Texas Tech (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Senior point guard, and Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, Juwan Staten missed West Virginia's game on Saturday at TCU with the flu.

In a teleconference Monday morning, coach Bob Huggins said Staten is good to go tonight against the Red Raiders after practicing on Sunday.

Staten led the conference last year with 18 points per game and is currently third in the league with 16.1 points per game.

West Virginia makes a living offensively off its defense. The Mountaineers specialize at creating turnovers.

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 7:59pm

TEXAS TECH VS. WEST VIRGINIA 6 P.M. MONDAY UNITED SUPERMARKETS ARENA Senior point guard Juwan Staten was named the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year after leading the league with 18.1 points per game.

Sun, 01/04/2015 - 5:49pm

Justin Gray dealing with tendinitis (Krista Pirtle's Blog)

Freshman forward Justin Gray has been dealing with tendinitis in both knees.

Gray didn’t start against Texas and rode a stationary bike when he wasn’t in the game.

“He can’t guard,” coach Tubby Smith said. “He can’t bend his knees. His knees are stiff. We’ve got the bike out there to keep him loose. That’s something he’s going to have to deal with.”

So far this season, Gray is averaging 7.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in 20.6 minutes per game.



Texas coach Rick Barnes has known Tubby Smith for a long time. They first met playing against each other when Barnes was at Lenoir-Rhyne University and Smith was at High Point. Barnes wasn't surprised by Texas Tech's late surge against his No.

Sat, 01/03/2015 - 8:58pm