Streaking Red Raiders host red-hot Aggies
Lubbock, TX (Sports Network) – Texas Tech is fresh off a home victory
over one of the nation’s best teams, and the Red Raiders hope to do it
again tonight as the sixth-ranked Texas A&M Aggies are in town for a Big
Texas A&M opened the season with seven straight victories before dropping
back-to-back decisions to LSU and UCLA, two teams ranked in the top 10
nationally at the time. Fortunately, the Aggies have been able to put
together another impressive winning streak since the slide, as they have
won nine consecutive bouts to move to 16-2 overall and a perfect 4-0 in
league play. The team is fresh off a 67-49 romp over an outstanding
Oklahoma State squad on Saturday.
Texas Tech is also coming off a victory over a nationally-ranked league
foe, as the Red Raiders defeated Kansas on Saturday by a 69-64 final. Four
of the last five outings have now resulted in victory for Bob Knight’s
squad, which is 14-5 overall and 3-1 against Big 12 competition. Keep in mind
that Tech is 9-1 at home this season.
The team owns a 61-53 edge in the all-time series with Texas A&M, but the
Aggies have won the last three meetings.
Texas A&M shot 55 percent from the floor in the first half against
Oklahoma State on Saturday and led by 10 points at intermission. Although
the Aggies weren’t quite as efficient offensively in the second half, an 11-
of-13 effort from the foul line over the final 20 minutes helped them
seal the victory. Strong defense was an obvious key to the win, as A&M
limited the talented Cowboys to 33.3 percent shooting from the floor. Acie
Law led the way in the victory with 16 points, while Antanas Kavaliauskas
pitched in 14 points. Joseph Jones managed 13 points for the Aggies, who are
posting 76.7 ppg this season on 51.1 percent shooting from the field,
including 40.1 percent from behind the arc. Defensively, they are holding
foes to 53.3 ppg on 34.6 percent overall shooting. Law leads the club with
15.9 ppg, while Jones (13.8 ppg), Josh Carter (12.4 ppg) and Kavaliauskas
(12.3 ppg) provide some offensive balance.
Texas Tech outscored Kansas 15-2 from the foul line on Saturday, the
most obvious reason that the club was able to post the home upset. The Red
Raiders were able to win the game despite attempting 16 fewer shots from the
field than the Jayhawks. Leading the way in the win was Darryl Dora with 19
points off the bench. Jarrius Jackson contributed 15 points, while Martin
Zeno pitched in 14 points. Jackson is one of the nation’s most talented
performers, and he is currently averaging 20.5 ppg on the strength of his
50 percent shooting from three-point range. Martin Zeno is a strong second
option at the offensive end, as he adds 16.3 ppg to the lineup. Tech is
posting 73.8 ppg while allowing 55.6 ppg to the opposition.