Jackson to miss
remainder of season
Suspended Texas Tech guard Trency Jackson says has been declared academically ineligible by the NCAA and will not play the rest of the season.
"I have been marked ineligible by the NCAA, and can't play for the rest of the semester," Jackson announced on his Twitter account Thursday.
Jackson, a sophomore, told a news station in his hometown of Jackson, Miss., that he plans to transfer.
Tech suspended Jackson for a violation of team rules related to academics prior to the game against Kansas on Jan. 13, and a university spokesman said on Thursday he remains "indefinitely suspended."
Jackson started in 11 of the 12 games he played for the Red Raiders, averaging 6.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game.
Jackson did not immediately return a message from the Avalanche-Journal seeking comment.
Texas Tech point guard Josh Gray did a little bit of everything in the first half against Oklahoma on Wednesday, recording seven points, three steals and a pair of rebounds while keeping Tech within striking distance at the break.
He also left an impression on Sooners coach Lon Kruger.
"He is a great player," Kruger said. "He is quick with the ball and did a great job of distributing it. I thought in the first half he got in the paint a little bit on us and finished some opportunities."
Those same opportunities weren't there for Gray in the second half. The Sooners limited his drive penetration, and guarded against his pick-pocket defense, while pulling away en route to an 81-63 win.
"We did a better job of keeping him in front of us," Kruguer said. "He still made some great plays for teammates, and even though he didn't score he played well."
Gray's scoring average has dipped during Big 12 play, but he has become more efficient in recent outings. After turning the ball over six times in the league opener against TCU, he has committed only four such miscues in the last three contests.
Wing rebounding needed
Texas Tech was dominated on the boards during its loss to Oklahoma on Wednesday, but it wasn't always the big men coming up short.
Jaye Crockett and Dejan Kravic collected 10 and nine rebounds, respectively, but Tech coach Chris Walker lamented the lack of help the Red Raiders gave the forward duo.
"Our wings didn't get any rebounds the whole game," Walker said. "It just came down to toughness."
Josh Gray (three) and Daylen Robinson (two) were the only Tech guards to record a rebound Wednesday, and those came from the point position.
Tech's leading guard rebounder this season at 2.5 per game.
Compiled by Nick Kosmider