No. 8 Texas Tech vs. No

No. 8 Texas Tech vs. No

"We just did a lot of things out of character from what we normally do". The game is set to be televised on ESPN.

That helped Texas Tech (14-2, 3-1) win eight straight games during December and January, including three over ranked opponents and its first three Big 12 contests.

The Mountaineers are 15-1 overall, 4-0 in the Big 12, and are hoping Ahmad's addition can add to an already potent frontcourt that includes emerging forwards Sagaba Konate, Lamont West and Wesley Harris. The Mountaineers need to withstand the first ten minutes of the game, and not allow themselves to start the game in a big deficit.

West Virginia coach Bob Huggins calls him the best rebounding small forward in the Big 12.

Ahmad has been practicing with the team while sitting out, and he should be well-adjusted when he returns to the floor.

"I've got a great friend who this week told me, 'Prince today, frog tomorrow, ' " Beard said. "He's played against those guys". However, the hero for Texas Tech has to be 6'6 reserve Brandone Francis, who come into the game averaging less than 5 ppg on the season.

Teddy Allen will have to bounce back this game and with Esa coming back it's going to be too much offense for Texas Tech. "You work like insane to get to the point where everybody is excited about playing you".

Trailing 29-28, Carter knocked down a pair of 3-pointers which was the catalyst to a 10-2 offensive outburst to claim a 38-31 advantage by the break.

If you recall, the Mountaineers struggled to stop Texas Tech's dribble drives and also sent the Red Raiders to the free throw line 30 times. That opened the door for Texas Tech to eventually win the game in overtime on Anthony Livingston's 3 with six seconds left.

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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.

Tech's leading scorer in the game was Evans, who put up 20 points in the win while also picking up five rebounds and a pair of assists.

Once again, missed free throws by the Mountaineers contributed to the two overtime periods. Two of the three in school history were this week, starting with a 75-65 loss to No. 9 Oklahoma on Tuesday. He started Big 12 play averaging 19 points in the first three games.

Six-nine junior center Norense Odiase was the fifth starter against the Sooners. Associate head coach Jeff Capel, who ran the team in Krzyzewskis absence, said the 70-year-old coach woke up feeling ill but was feeling better by game time.

"Keenan Evans is terrific at the point", Huggins said.

NO. 1 UCONN 95, HOUSTON 35: Azura Stevens had 19 points and 10 rebounds off the bench to lead four players in double-figure scoring, and the visiting Huskies (15-0, 5-0 AAC) forced the Cougars into 28 turnovers. Texas Tech isn't a big team, but they are long and athletic, similar to Baylor.

Arizona 90, OR 83: Allonzo Trier scored 25 points, Deandre Ayton added 24 and No. 17 Arizona used a late run to outlast Oregon. They can both shoot it. They're good. Real good.

Huggins is expecting another down-to-the-wire finish on Saturday.

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