Big 12 Week 3 Preview: Texas Tech and Kansas

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"I mean, those are the guys that we play". "Hopefully that's a sign of goodthings to come".

Keenan Evans scored 20 points, Brandone Francis had a career-high 17 and No. 8 Texas Tech won the first top-10 matchup on its home court, beating second-ranked West Virginia 72-71 on Saturday. The game will be televised on ESPN with Mark Neely and Robbie Hummel providing the play-by-play.

Texas Tech responded with a 12-2 run to grab an 18-17 lead with 8:13 remaining in the half when Zhaire Smith converted a three-point play. We collectively have a lot of work to do and a lot of it is our preparing. We put Beetle in and he gets two fouls in two minutes.

Yes, it's January, and, yes, there's a lot of basketball yet to be played. "It's a big challengefor us, but I'm confident we'll be ready".

For context, West Virginia dropped its season-opener, but entered today's game on a 15-game win streak. It marked the highest WVU has been ranked since December 29, 1959 - JerryWest's senior season. Winning both games will be no small task, but if it happens, the Sooners might find themselves in a first-place tie in seven days' time. West Virginia has a chance to start another one one at 9 p.m. Monday, when the Mountaineers play host to yet another ranked opponent in No. 12 Kansas (14-3, 4-1), a 73-72 victor over rival Kansas State on Saturday. "I tell ourguys that all the time".

"We're going to have close games", he said. That's what everybody does because that's what you can get to the free throw line doing, ball screening and driving to the rim. "And that's why you admire what Bill's (Self) done at Kansas for all of these years because they not only got there, theystayed there". TCU has a chance to reverse that trend with a game against OU Saturday. You're a top 10 team that was favored at home.

Photos courtesy of West Virginia University Junior Esa Ahmad is returning to WVU's lineup after being suspended the first 16 games of the year.

"Freshman guard Zaire Smith (6'5" 195-lbs) is second on the team in scoring (10.4) and rebounding (4.4). He also was aggressive on defense, notching 31 steals and 21blocks.

NO. 7 DUKE 89, WAKE 71: Marvin Bagley III had 30 points and 11 rebounds for the host Blue Devils (15-2, 3-2 ACC) in a game that Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski missed due to a virus. He's fast with poking the ball loose and just being physical.

Based on the results this Saturday afternoon, there's a four-way tie for on top of the Big 12 standings, with both of these teams along with Oklahoma and, of course, Kansas. This isn't by accident, veteran guards Jevon Carter and Daxter Miller Jr. lead the way for WVU with 16.1 and 13.8 points per game respectively. "He's a guy that can run your team, he can score, he's tough, he's a great passer". Vick averaged 15 points per game but just ten in Big 12 play.

While the Oklahoma win is obviously better, the Baylor win showed me more about this team.

"Freshman guard Jarrett Culver (6'5" 190-lbs) will provide an offensive spark off the bench, averaging 10.3 points per game and 3.7 rebounds. However, Smith has been slowed by a foot injury that kept him out of Tuesday night's Oklahoma game, a Red Raider loss.

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