RED RAIDERS EYE REMATCH AT ALLEN FIELDHOUSE
After falling by one point to No. 8 Kansas (22-7, 13-3) in Lubbock on a last-second shot by Andrew Wiggins, Texas Tech (13-16, 5-11) has its eye on the rematch with the Big 12’s first place Jayhawks. But it could be a daunting task, as the Red Raiders are 0-11 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse. The closest Texas Tech has ever come against Kansas, was when the Red Raiders fell to the Jayhawks, 73-67, in 1963. Kansas has defeated Texas Tech by an average margin of +32 points in the 11 meetings in Lawrence, Kan. But this year, the Red Raiders seemingly had Kansas’ number until Wiggins’ shot went in. Texas Tech had won the battle in the paint, 30-24, and committed less turnovers than Kansas (9 to 11) in a game that featured nine tied and 13 lead changes. But in the rematch, Texas Tech is mired in its longest losing streak of the season at five games. In four of the five losses, the Red Raiders have lost by an average of five points. This season, Texas Tech is 1-5 in games decided by five points or less and 5-10 in games decided by 10 points or less. Wednesday’s game marks the 13th straight time that the Jayhawks have been ranked when the two teams have met. Texas Tech is 2-10 during that span and look for their first victory over KU since 2009.
• Texas Tech is 3-12 against RPI Top 50 teams this year and 10-4 against everyone else (51 and above). The Red Raiders have faced the RPI Top 50 in nine of the last 10 games.
• The Red Raiders have won five Big 12 games for the first time since 2010-11.
• With its win over then No. 25 Oklahoma, the Red Raiders have now defeated three USA Today Top 25 teams this season. The last time Texas Tech defeated three USA Today Top 25 teams in the season was during the 2007-08 season, when the Red Raiders topped No. 10 Texas A&M, 68-63, No. 22 Kansas State, 84-75, and No. 5 Texas, 83-80.
• Texas Tech is also in search of its sixth conference win of the season, which would be the most league wins since 2008.
• Texas Tech is looking to win 14 games in a season for the first time since 2010.
• Texas Tech’s RPI of 121 and strength of schedule of 48 are the highest for the Red Raiders since finishing the 2009-10 season with an RPI of 66 and a strength of schedule of 17.
• Jaye Crockett moved past Ronald Ross into 24th on the all-time scoring list at Texas Tech with 1,181 points.
Nationally-ranked Kansas (22-7, 13-3) has secured its 10th straight Big 12 regular season title. This year also marks the 25th straight season that the Jayhawks have won 20 games in a season. Kansas has also secured a winning season for 32 consecutive seasons. The last time the Jayhawks failed to have a winning record was in 1983 (13-16) under the direction of Ted Owens. Despite having seven losses, the Jayhawks have the No. 2 RPI in the country and the No. 8 ranking in both the AP and Coaches polls. The Jayhawks have the No. 1 strength of schedule in the nation as well. All seven of Kansas’ losses are to teams in the RPI Top 42. Kansas is also 14-1 at home this season, with its lone loss coming against No. 10 San Diego State.
Tuesday’s meeting is the 31th all-time meeting in the series that Kansas has dominated, 26-4. The Jayhawks lead the series in Lawrence, 11-0. Kansas has won nine straight in the series, and 17 of the last 20 meetings. The Jayhawks have been ranked 26 times when facing the Red Raiders. Texas Tech has defeated a ranked Kansas team in Lubbock four times — 1999 (#15), 2005 (#3), 2007 (#11) and 2009 (#9), but is winless in Lawrence. The Red Raiders have failed to score 70 points against the Jayhawks in 12 of the last 13 meetings, while Kansas has reached 80 points in eight of the last 13 meetings. The average score during the losing streak has been 81-56 in favor of Kansas. Tuesday’s meeting will mark the 22st time Kansas has been ranked in the AP Top 10 when facing the Red Raiders.
BY THE NUMBERS
Texas Tech is now 1-5 in games decided by five points or less and 5-10 in games decided by 10 points or less ... Texas Tech is No. 1 (68.1 points) and Kansas is No. 3 (70.3points) in scoring defense in Big 12 games ... The Red Raiders won three games in the month of February for the first time since 2010 ... Texas Tech is 11-2 when leading at the half ... Texas Tech is 12-1 when leading with 5:00 to play in the game ... The Red Raiders are 7-5 when holding their opponent under 70 points this season ... Texas Tech is averaging 1.060 points per possession. Last season, the Red Raiders averaged 0.94 points per possession. Tech ranks 82nd nationally in points per possession. Kansas is 11th with 1.125 points per possession. The Red Raiders are averaging 19.6 seconds per possession, while Kansas is averaging 17.0 seconds per possession ... The Red Raiders are 5-10 in games decided by 10 points or less this season. Texas Tech had gone 17-23 in games decided by 10 points or less over the previous three seasons. This season, Tech is 4-9 in league games decided by 10 points or less. During the previous three seasons, the Red Raiders were 7-13 during Big 12 play ... Texas Tech has had three straight crowds over 10,000 for the first time since 2009. The Red Raiders also set a new single-game student attendance record against Kansas State with 6,086 fans.