The Crimson Raiders (17-8, 9-7 Large 12) have reeled off three straight residence wins over Iowa State, TCU and No. 14 Texas over the span of 5 days coming into the regular-season finale, whereas the Bears (20-1, 12-1 Large 12) have received two in a row with wins over West Virginia and Oklahoma State after struggling its season’s solely defeat at Kansas final Saturday. Each groups performed on Thursday evening with Tech incomes an 81-54 win over Iowa State and BU taking an 81-70 choice over OSU.
Mac McClung is coming off a 20-point efficiency within the win over the Cyclones the place the Crimson Raiders earned a 27-point victory with a season-best 61.7 taking pictures proportion and going 18-for-25 on the free-throw line. 5 gamers scored in double figures with Marcus Santos-Silva scoring 14 factors to associate with seven rebounds and two blocks, whereas Terrence Shannon, Jr. and Micah Peavy scored 12 factors every and Kyler Edwards added 11 factors and three steals. McClung recorded his tenth recreation of 20 or extra factors for the season and is now averaging 16.4 factors for the season and 17.6 by means of 16 convention video games. Through the three-game profitable streak Edwards is main the staff with 13.7 factors and three.0 assists per recreation, whereas the staff’s protection has restricted its opponents to 34.6 p.c taking pictures and solely 54.0 factors per recreation. Tech is led by head coach Chris Beard who’s 111-52 in his 5 seasons.
Tech’s season consists of incomes its first top-5 highway win in program historical past by knocking off then-No. 4 Texas with a 79-77 victory on Jan. 13 in Austin. The Crimson Raiders are 4-3 in Large 12 highway video games whereas Baylor is seeking to full an ideal season contained in the Ferrell Middle the place it’s at the moment 10-0 (5-0 Large 12). The Bears clinched the 2021 Large 12 regular-season championship with their time beyond regulation win over West Virginia final Tuesday in Morgantown, West Virginia.
SERIES NOTES: TTU has misplaced three in a row in opposition to Baylor and 4 straight in Waco within the sequence. BU received 68-60 within the first matchup between the 2 groups on Jan. 16 in Lubbock with McClung main Tech with 24 factors and Kevin McCullar recording a double-double with 10 factors and 10 rebounds. The Crimson Raiders personal an 80-61 benefit within the all-time sequence that dates again to 1937, however are solely 29-37 in Waco with their final win on the Ferrell Middle coming with an 84-66 victory on Feb. 13, 2016. Beard is 3-6 in opposition to Baylor and is in search of his win in Waco as Tech’s head coach.
STATISTICAL NOTES: Texas Tech comes into the regular-season finale sixth within the nation with a 5.0 turnover margin benefit and main the Large 12 by limiting opponents to solely 62.3 factors per recreation. The Crimson Raiders have held 12 opponents to beneath 60 factors this season (three straight), together with within the 68-59 win final Saturday over Texas. The staff has additionally held 12 opponents beneath 40 p.c taking pictures with Iowa State taking pictures simply 31.0 p.c on Thursday evening. TTU is at the moment limiting groups to 40.4 p.c taking pictures which leads the Large 12. Tech is twenty ninth nationally with solely 11.0 turnovers per recreation. Baylor leads the Large 12 with solely 10.6 turnovers per recreation, 18.1 turnovers compelled, a 6.0 turnover margin benefit, taking pictures 42.0 p.c on 3-pointers and with 17.4 assists per recreation.
MEDIA: The sport shall be featured on ESPN with Bob Wischusen and Dick Vitale on the decision, whereas Geoff Haxton and Chris Degree will broadcast regionally on Double T 97.3 and the Texas Tech Sports activities Community.
RED RAIDER REPORT: McClung leads the Crimson Raiders this season by scoring 16.3 factors per recreation total and 17.6 per Large 12 recreation after going for 20 factors within the win over Iowa State. He led Tech with 24 factors within the first matchup in opposition to Baylor with 4 3-pointers and going 4-for-4 on the free-throw line. McClung, who led Tech with six assists to match his season-high in assists within the Tuesday evening win over TCU, has now had 10 video games of 20 or extra this season. He scored 16 within the win over Texas to assist start the three-game profitable streak after going for 17 factors at Oklahoma State and is averaging 13.6 ppg. within the final 5 recreation. He was named the Large 12 Newcomer of the Week on Feb. 1 to honor his performances at West Virginia and LSU and was additionally named the Large 12 Participant of the Week on Jan. 18 following a game-winner at Texas after his 24 factors in opposition to Baylor. A junior Gate Metropolis, Virginia who transferred from Georgetown this season, he went for a season-high 30 factors at West Virginia after which had 22 within the highway win at LSU. For the season, McClung has made 42 3-pointers which is second on the staff. He is additionally 101-for-124 on the free-throw line (81.5 p.c) after going 5-for-6 on the line in opposition to the Cyclones on Thursday. McClung reached 1,000 factors in his profession at LSU and comes into the matchup in opposition to Iowa State with 1,121 factors by means of 75 video games in his collegiate profession. He scored a career-high 38 factors as a freshman for the Hoyas in opposition to Little Rock on Dec. 12, 2018. In his season-high in opposition to WVU, McClung went 11-for-21 from the sphere with 4 3-pointers. He has made two or extra 3-pointers in 14 video games this season, 4 3-pointers in two video games and has made 5 or extra free throws in 11 video games. He has led Tech in scoring in 13 video games this season and now has 51 video games in his profession scoring in double digits.
Shannon completed with 12 factors on 4-for-7 taking pictures within the win over Iowa State after scoring eight in opposition to TCU and 11 on Texas through the three-game profitable streak. A sophomore from Chicago, he led Tech with 18 factors at OSU the place he made six photographs and was 5-for-8 on the free-throw line. He was named one in every of 5 finalists for the Julius Erving Award. Coping with an ankle problem, he was coming off scoring 5 factors at KU after 13 factors within the residence loss to WVU and was restricted to solely 10 minutes of play within the second half at KSU with the damage the place he scored solely two factors. He had led the staff in scoring within the earlier two video games after scoring a season-high 23 within the win at LSU earlier than going for 15 factors in opposition to Oklahoma. He is at the moment averaging 12.6 factors and three.9 rebounds in convention video games and is at 12.5 factors per recreation for the season. Shannon has scored in double-digits in 18 video games and 20 or extra in 4 video games coming into the second matchup in opposition to the Bears. Towards LSU he additionally added 10 rebounds to his 23-point efficiency for his first profession double-double. He would rating the ultimate six factors of the win, first on a layup off a steal to take a 72-71 lead earlier than flattening 4 free throws to ice the sport. He is at the moment 81-for-105 on free throws (77.1 p.c) this season and is 168 of 210 (80.9 p.c) for his profession after going 4-for-6 on Thursday evening in opposition to ISU. Shannon has scored 585 factors, has 223 rebounds and 54 steals by means of 53 video games of his profession. He scored a career-high 24 factors final season as a freshman at DePaul and likewise had a career-best 11 rebounds at Kansas final season. Shannon has made 20 3-pointers this season by means of 24 video games performed after having 9 by means of 29 video games as a freshman. He’s a Julius Erving Award Finalist this season after being named to the Large 12 All-Freshman Staff final yr. Shannon has now scored in double digits in 18 video games this season.
McCullar secured seven rebounds within the win over Iowa State after he had 9 factors and 5 rebounds in opposition to TCU. He began the three-game profitable streak by going for 10 factors, 4 steals, three assists and 5 rebounds within the win over Texas after a 12-point, seven-rebound output within the time beyond regulation loss at Oklahoma State 4 video games in the past. Within the first matchup in opposition to Baylor, he recorded his second double-double of the season with 10 factors and 10 rebounds. McCullar recorded his first profession double-double with 15 factors and 11 rebounds in his fourth recreation again from a preseason damage. He’s now averaging 10.0 factors and 6.6 rebounds for the season. He has now had 5 or extra rebounds in 13 of 16 video games performed this season, together with 5 in a row. Main the staff with 1.7 steals per recreation, he had back-to-back 4 steal video games in opposition to UT and OSU which matched a profession excessive that he is now had 5 occasions by means of 45 video games in his profession. A redshirt sophomore from San Antonio, McCullar missed the primary 9 video games of the season as a consequence of an damage suffered within the preseason however emerged as one of many high gamers within the convention. He has three double-digit rebounding performances in his profession after additionally having 11 rebounds final season at Iowa State. McCullar scored a career-high 16 factors within the win at Texas the place he was 6-for-7 from the sphere, together with going 2-for-2 on 3-pointers. McCullar redshirted through the historic run to the 2019 NCAA Closing 4 earlier than taking part in in 29 video games final season. He has now scored 335 factors, 62 steals and has 198 rebounds. He has recorded two or extra steals in 9 of 16 video games performed this season and likewise has 14 blocked photographs.
Santos-Silva recorded 14 factors, seven rebounds and two blocked photographs within the win over Iowa State in Tech’s remaining residence recreation. He had grabbed 9 rebounds and 10 factors within the win over Texas after he went for 9 rebounds, eight factors and three blocked photographs within the time beyond regulation loss at OSU. He additionally produced 12 factors and eight rebounds within the loss at KU the place he reached the 1,000-point milestone in his profession. He’s now averaging 8.5 factors and 6.5 rebounds per recreation. He leads the Crimson Raiders with 1.2 blocks per recreation (29 complete) this season with 9 prior to now 5 video games. He recorded a career-high 5 assists within the win at Kansas State and now has 32 assists for the season after his 4 in opposition to TCU on Tuesday evening. Tech’s solely senior, Santos-Silva is in his first season with this system after transferring from VCU. He comes into the second matchup in opposition to Baylor with 1,040 factors in his profession together with 782 rebounds and 121 blocks by means of 122 video games. He has recorded two double-doubles this season with 10 factors and 13 rebounds in opposition to Northwestern State earlier than going for 12 factors and 10 rebounds in opposition to Sam Houston State. He additionally had double-digit rebounding performances with the 11 rebounds in opposition to Baylor after which 12 rebounds in opposition to LSU in Baton Rouge. Santos-Silva scored a season-high 14 factors within the first matchup in opposition to Kansas State and has 10 double-digit scoring video games this season (six in-conference). At VCU, he had a pair of 26-point video games highlighted by a 26-point, 22-rebound double-double in opposition to Rhode Island on March 15, 2019 and 16 double-doubles. He leads Tech with 29 blocks this season, together with career-high performances with 4 blocks in video games in opposition to Abilene Christian and the house recreation in opposition to Oklahoma State. He is led the staff in rebounding in 10 video games and is averaging 7.8 rebounds prior to now 5 video games.
Edwards is averaging 13.7 factors and three.0 assists through the three-game profitable streak. He scored 11 factors within the win over ISU after going off for a season-high 20 factors and 4 assists in opposition to TCU. He additionally had 4 assists in opposition to within the win over Texas to associate with 10 factors. Towards the Horned Frogs, he was 7-for-8 from the sphere and 4-for-5 from past the arc. He leads Tech with 46 3-pointers this season after going 3-for-4 in Thursday’s win over Iowa State. Edwards is now averaging 9.8 factors, 4.6 rebounds and a team-leading 2.7 assists per recreation for the season. He stuffed the stat sheet with 11 factors, seven rebounds and 6 assists in opposition to WVU after additionally producing a recreation at KSU with 13 factors, eight rebounds, three assists and a steal. A junior from Arlington, Edwards has been part of 66 wins by means of 94 video games as a Crimson Raider that features taking part in in all 38 video games a freshman through the run to the 2019 NCAA Championship Closing. Edwards scored a earlier season-high 19 factors in wins over Abilene Christian and Iowa State this season and has now scored 808 factors in his profession. He is taking pictures 46-for-110 (41.8 p.c) on 3-pointers this season and has made 125 3-pointers in his profession. Edwards leads Tech with 67 assists this season, together with a career-high seven assists within the opener in opposition to Northwestern State. He is recorded 14 assists prior to now 5 video games and has recorded three or extra assists in 13 video games this season. Edwards, who has 24 steal this season and 7 prior to now 5 video games, comes into the sport in opposition to Baylor with 204 assists in his profession and reached the 800-point milestone within the win over ISU within the final recreation.
Peavy is coming off his finest scoring efficiency in convention play after recording 12 factors on a 6-for-8 taking pictures evening in opposition to Iowa State on Thursday. He additionally had 4 rebounds and led Tech with three assists within the win after he had matched a career-high with seven rebounds within the win over TCU the place he additionally had seven factors and two assists. Peavy is averaging 8.0 factors and 5.3 rebounds per recreation through the three-game profitable streak. He had recorded the career-high seven rebounds at Kansas 5 video games in the past after which had a efficiency in opposition to the Longhorns the place he produced 5 factors, 4 assists and 5 rebounds. He has began 24 of 25 video games to start his collegiate profession the place he’s averaging 5.8 factors and three.2 rebounds per recreation. A real freshman who was the Texas Class 6A Participant of the 12 months and a Class 6A State Champion at Duncanville HS, Peavy scored a season-high 14 factors within the season opener in opposition to Northwestern State and had a earlier conference-high of 10 factors at Kansas within the Allen Fieldhouse to associate with his seven rebounds. Peavy, who had six factors and 5 rebounds within the first matchup in opposition to Baylor, is taking pictures 47.1 p.c from the sphere this season and has scored 145 factors.
Tyreek Smith scored career-high 9 factors within the win over TCU the place he was 4-for-4 from the sphere and likewise had six rebounds earlier than having six rebounds and 5 factors in opposition to ISU. He had a career-high eight rebounds within the win over Oklahoma at residence earlier than matching a career-high with three blocks at KSU the place he additionally had 5 factors. A redshirt freshman, Smith is averaging 2.7 factors and a pair of.6 rebounds by means of 25 video games after his career-best scoring efficiency on Tuesday evening. Smith scored a earlier career-high seven factors within the non-conference wins over Northwestern State and Troy. Towards Troy, he had a career-high three blocks that was matched at KSU. He is second on the staff with 21 blocks this season. Burton is averaging 4.7 factors and 1.3 assists per recreation. He is missed the previous 4 video games in opposition to OSU, UT, TCU and ISU with a toe damage and is listed as day-to-day. A junior from Charlotte, North Carolina who transferred from Wichita State, Burton has scored 628 factors and has 256 assists by means of 88 video games of his collegiate profession. He scored a season-high 10 factors within the win over Grambling in non-conference play and had a Large 12-best of 9 at West Virginia the place he was 4-for-7 from the sphere with one 3-pointer. Burton had a season-high 5 assists within the win over Northwestern State and has an 11-assist efficiency in opposition to Oklahoma State on his resume from Wichita State. Burton has made 4 begins and appeared in 17 video games as a reserve this season.
Clarence Nadolny scored a season-high seven factors in opposition to Oklahoma the place he was 2-for-2 from the sphere, together with hitting one in every of his 4 3-pointers for the season. A sophomore from France, he had a season-best three assists at West Virginia within the first matchup the place he performed 17 minutes earlier than scoring his seven factors in quarter-hour in opposition to OU. He had a earlier season-high of six factors within the win over Corpus Christi and has a career-high of 9 factors final season in opposition to Houston Baptist as a freshman. He’s at the moment 16 factors away from 100 in his profession after scoring two in opposition to TCU and three in opposition to ISU. Avery Benson is at the moment averaging 1.6 factors and 1.0 rebound per recreation. A redshirt junior, Benson is the one participant on the present roster who was with this system when it superior to the 2018 Elite 8. He’s at the moment 5-for-8 on 3-pointers this season after hitting one at OSU. Benson had a career-high 10 factors and two blocked photographs final season within the win over No. 1 Louisville on the 2019 Jimmy V Basic in New York. Chibuzo Agbo and Vladislav Goldin are true freshman together with Peavy and have had some sturdy moments of their first season at Tech. A San Diego native, Agbo is averaging 1.9 factors per recreation after scoring a Large 12-best 4 factors within the wins over TCU and Texas. Within the win over the Longhorns final Saturday he made a layup after which two free throws within the remaining minute to assist ice the sport. He scored two factors in opposition to ISU on Thursday evening and his freshman resume additionally features a season-high 5 factors coming within the opener in opposition to Northwestern State. He had three factors at West Virginia with a 3-pointer and likewise had two factors at LSU. Agbo has hit six 3-pointers this season. Goldin is the tallest participant on the roster at 7-foot-1 and is averaging 2.1 factors and 1.1 rebounds per recreation by means of 9 video games performed. A ahead from Russia, Goldin scored a career-high six factors in opposition to Grambling in non-conference play and likewise added 4 rebounds within the win. Goldin performed one minute in opposition to UT after he had not performed because the win at Iowa State on Jan. 9 in Ames. He entered the sport on Tuesday in opposition to TCU upon followers chanting his identify and scored two factors and had one rebound in seven minutes of play.
SENIOR MOMENT: Tech head scholar supervisor Ty Larson performed within the staff’s remaining residence recreation. Larson, who has been with this system for 2 years after taking part in at Jap Wyoming Faculty, took a cost within the remaining minute and have become a viral sensation. He’s now again to his full-time scholar supervisor place and can graduate in Might. He plans on changing into a school basketball coach.
SECURING POSSESSION: Beard stresses a 10-or-less turnover recreation is likely one of the keys to victory in each recreation the Crimson Raiders play which the staff has achieved 12 occasions this season after having solely 9 within the win over TCU. The season has been highlighted by a two-turnover exhibiting at West Virginia which matched the Large 12 single-game report. The Crimson Raiders are at the moment averaging solely 11.1 turnovers per recreation which is the second within the Large 12 after having 14 in opposition to the Cyclones. In Large 12 play, Tech additionally had solely seven turnovers at Texas and Kansas, 9 within the win over Kansas State and 10 at Iowa State. The staff is averaging solely 10.7 turnovers per recreation in Large 12 play. Tech had just one turnover at halftime in Ames in opposition to ISU to get out to a 24-point lead within the first matchup. In non-conference play, Tech had solely 4 turnovers in opposition to Corpus Christi which was the low within the Beard period earlier than the 2 in Morgantown. Throughout his 5 seasons, Tech has dedicated 10 or much less turnovers 63 occasions beneath Beard. This system’s low turnover output was highlighted on the 2019 Closing 4 with solely seven in a win over Michigan State and eight within the time beyond regulation loss to Virginia within the Nationwide Championship recreation. Tech at the moment has a 5.0 turnover margin benefit. The Crimson Raiders have drastically improved within the turnover class after committing 13.7 final season.
FORCING THE ISSUE: Texas Tech compelled 30 turnovers in opposition to Grambling for essentially the most because the 2009 season opener in opposition to South Dakota. Tech compelled 15 turnovers in opposition to TCU after which 13 on ISU and has now had extra turnovers than their opponent in solely six of 25 video games. The Crimson Raiders compelled 16 in opposition to Baylor after 15 turnovers at Texas and Iowa State. Tech has recorded 13 steals in two video games this season, in opposition to Grambling and Northwestern State earlier than having eight at KSU. The 13 steals in opposition to Grambling and Northwestern State is essentially the most steals in a recreation since a 15-steal recreation by the staff in opposition to Rice on Dec. 16, 2017. Tech had 9 steals in opposition to the Cyclones with Edwards having three and McClung coming away with two. McCullar, who has 27 steals for the season, has six steals through the three-game profitable streak.
GAME-BY-GAME TURNOVERS (TTU-OPPONENT): TTU 10-NSU 19; TTU 12-SAM 18; TTU 18-HOU 14; TTU 13-TROY 22; TTU 13-GRAM 30; TTU 16-ACU 22; TTU 4-TAMUCC 20; TTU 7-KU 16; TTU 13-OU 16; TTU 7-UIW 20; TTU 14-OSU 13; TTU 9-KSU 14; TTU 10-ISU 15; TTU 7-UT 15; TTU 20-BU 16; TTU 2-WVU 12; TTU 13-LSU 12; TTU 10-OU 11; TTU 10-KSU 18; TTU 13-WVU 15; TTU 10-KU 6; TTU 12-OSU 17; TTU 11-UT 12; TTU 9-TCU 15; TTU 14-ISU 13.
OUR LEADER: Beard is in his fifth season because the Texas Tech head coach the place he has led this system to a 111-52 report, together with an 8-2 mark within the NCAA Event. Beard was named the 2019 Related Press Nationwide Coach of the 12 months and earned Large 12 Coach of the 12 months in 2018 and 2019. An assistant coach at Texas Tech beneath Bob and Pat Knight, Beard has amassed a powerful 141-57 report as a Division I head coach that began with one season at Little Rock the place he was 30-5. He additionally has head teaching stops at Fort Scott Neighborhood Faculty, Seminole State, McMurry and Angelo State in his collegiate profession. Beard is the seventeenth head coach in Texas Tech historical past and reached 100 wins on Dec. 12, 2020 in opposition to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. He’s the quickest Tech coach to succeed in that milestone following James Dickey (148 video games), Bob Knight (150), Gerald Myers (152) and Polk Robison (170).