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

January 4, 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.

January 4, 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.

January 3, 2015 - 8:58pm

Texas Tech’s 11-game home winning streak began last March with a win over Texas. The Longhorns ended that streak with a 70-61 win over the Red Raiders Saturday afternoon. Texas led by 20 points with 5:49 left, but Texas Tech cut that lead to single digits with 1:30 to play. The Red Raiders went...

January 3, 2015 - 3:24pm

Senior forward Clark Lammert has not only worked on defending what the Texas front line could run against the Red Raiders. He's also worked on defending his brother. Clark's younger brother, Connor, is a junior forward for the Texas Longhorns.

January 2, 2015 - 6:25pm

The Smiths didn't have indoor plumbing on their rural farm in southern Maryland. Or running water. So Orlando Smith, along with his 16 brothers and sisters, drew water from a well. Because of that, his family was efficient in how they used water.

January 2, 2015 - 6:24pm

Texas Tech has some experience going up against a big front line. LSU had Jordan Mickey, Jarell Martin and Elbert Robinson III. The 6-foot-8 Mickey and 6-10 Martin were the dynamic duo for the Tigers while the 7-1 Robinson defended the rim.

January 1, 2015 - 10:24pm

Almost half the Texas Tech roster has never played a Big 12 game. That changes Saturday afternoon when a highly ranked Texas team comes to United Supermarkets Arena.

December 31, 2014 - 12:30am

Texas Tech bounced back from a not-so-jolly tournament in Las Vegas last week with a 60-45 win over North Texas on Monday in the friendly confines of United Supermarkets Arena.

December 29, 2014 - 10:32pm