Now the Red Raiders find themselves ranked in the top 10 with a chance to regain a share of the conference lead. Thomas Welsh scored 20 points - two off his career best - to lead the Bruins (13-5, 4-2), who were only 8 of 18 at the free-throw line.
Texas Tech hosted the program's first to-10 matchup in Lubbock. He is 32-16 at Texas Tech and 9-13 in the Big XII. (#20 Northwestern, #22 Nevada, #18 Baylor, @ #10 Kansas). "They (Texas Tech) are for real". But it remains unknown how soon or how long the forward will play.
The #2 Mountaineers can possibly get to #1 with two wins here. But don't sleep on this Red Raiders squad, who might be the most balanced team of the group. The Mountaineers (15-2, 4-1) had a 15-game winning streak snapped. He can finish around the rim and has a good mid-range jumper, shooting 61.2% from the field. He started Big 12 play averaging 19 points in the first three games.
No. 7 Duke 89, Wake Forest 71: Marvin Bagley III had 30 points and 11 rebounds for Duke (15-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference). West Virginia had a seven-point lead early in the second half but couldn't make its free throws. With Zach Smith day to day, they may be down to nine.
Three players are averaging at least 10.3 points per game for Texas Tech, they are: Evans (17.3), Zhaire Smith (10.4) and Jarrett Culver (10.3). Kansas also starts Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk at the four and he can really make the three-point shots.
They were the last team with a flawless Big 12 record.
"Freshman guard David Moretti (6'3" 165-lbs) is another player that can come off the bench and provide some offense, especially from behind the arc.
Arizona 90, OR 83: Allonzo Trier scored 25 points, Deandre Ayton added 24 and No. 17 Arizona used a late run to outlast Oregon.
Francis, a junior transfer from Florida whose only previous double-digit game was 10 in a 34-point blowout over Savannah State, hit two go-ahead jumpers in the closing minutes.
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Texas Tech is slated to play a Tuesday road game against Texas.
The last two games West Virginia has played in Lubbock have been down-to-the-wire affairs, WVU needed a last-second basket from Tarik Phillip to win in 2016 before losing in overtime there previous year.
"The think I like the most about Esa is he knows how to play". In the Baylor game, the Mountaineers couldn't seem to buy a shot. That was the fourth time this year West Virginia was held under 40% and it was their worst shooting performance of the season.
Allen came in averaging 9.1 points but failed to score in his last two games.
It's going to be loud in the Untied Supermarkets Arena and West Virginia has a big target on their back.
Coach Bob Huggins' Mountaineers have won 15 games straight.
Although the Red Raiders play a lot of guards, they struggle at times taking care of the ball. Huggins has long won games with a combination of strong offensive rebounding and a minimum of turnovers.
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Combine that with Jevon Carter going off for 28 points, and West Virginia as a team making 11 three-pointers, more likely than not the team is going to win the game.