SCOUTING TEXAS TECH
Texas Tech (12-4, 0-2 Big 12) returns four starters off last year's
14-19 team. The Red Raiders are coming off consecutive losses in Big 12
play to Missouri (94-89 OT) on Wednesday and at Oklahoma State (81-52)
on Jan. 9. Tech's other two losses this season came at Wichita State
(85-83) on Dec. 19 and at New Mexico (90-75) on Dec. 29.
TTU is averaging 79.1 points per game while allowing 72.7. The Red
Raiders are shooting 45.5 percent from the field, 35.0 percent from
three-point range, and 71.9 percent at the free-throw line. They're
limiting foes to 41.4 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from
beyond the arc, while edging opponents on the boards, 37.9 per game to
37.2. Tech also averages 20.1 free throws made per game and 14 assists
Pat Knight's team is led by 6-6 junior forward Mike Singletary with
15.4 points per game. He also adds 6.6 rebounds a contest. Five-foot-11
junior guard John Roberson is second in scoring (13.8 ppg, team leader
with 87 assists, 27 steals and 28 treys), followed by 6-3 junior guard
David Tairu (12.1 ppg), 6-1 senior guard Nick Okorie (8.8 ppg, 20
steals), 6-7 junior forward D'walyn Roberts (8.1 ppg, team-high 7.2 rpg
and 22 blocks), 6-6 junior forward Brad Reese (7.1 ppg), 6-9 senior
forward Darko Cohadarevic (7.1 ppg) and 6-6 junior forward Theron Jenkins (3.9 ppg).
Tech also features a local product, 6-10, 240-pound sophomore forward
Robert Lewandowski from Blue Valley West High School in Overland Park,
Kan. He averages 1.6 points and 2.0 rebounds in 9.4 minutes per game.
Despite TTU's 0-2 Big 12 record, KU coach Bill Self expects a tough
"They're playing faster," Self said. "Pat has played faster than his
dad (Bob Knight, former Tech head coach) since he's been there. They
are far more athletic than they have been since I've been in the
league. They have a lot of experience with eight or nine juniors on the
roster. They're good this year."
READY FOR REMATCH
Texas Tech handed Kansas one of its only two losses in conference play
last year, an 84-65 rout in Lubbock on March 4. The Jayhawks still
captured a share of the Big 12 title that night. Alan Voskuil lit KU up
for 35 points, connecting on 9-of-14 threes. Kansas shot just 33.3
percent from the field and 16.7 percent from downtown.
"I remember going through the game and thinking how badly we played,"
Self recalled. "We were 13-1 going into that game. We watched the tape
the last couple of days and we played poorly, but we tried. They were
just better. Voskuil had a great night. I remember chewing on our guys
after the game and then saying, `Congratulations, you just won the
Self sees last year's game as a bit of motivation heading into
"I think the first Big 12 home game should be a motivation, a chance to
go 2-0 is motivation, a chance to play at home is motivation and
certainly the way they kicked our tail last year should be motivation,
because they handled us quite easily last year."
Kansas leads the series with Texas Tech 17-4. The series dates back to
1959. KU is 10-0 against TTU in Allen Fieldhouse. Since the Big 12's
inception, KU holds a 10-4 edge.
KU's 1952 NCAA Championship team and the Jayhawks' 1974 Final Four team
will be having reunions this weekend. Clyde Lovellette led Kansas in
1951-52 to a 28-3 record and victory over St. John's for the national
title. He averaged a nation-leading 28.6 points per game. Other
starters on that squad were Bob Kenney (13.1 ppg), Bill Hougland (6.8
ppg), Dean Kelley (6.5 ppg), and Bill Lienhard (5.8 ppg).
The 1974 Final Four squad bounced back from an 8-18 season the previous
year to finish 23-7, marking the best turnaround in school history.
That was one of the most balanced teams in KU annals, boasting five
players who averaged in double figures. Danny Knight led the way at
12.4 points per game, followed by Roger Morningstar (12.3 ppg), Dale
Greenlee (11.8 ppg), Norm Cook (11.4 ppg), and Super Sub Rick Suttle
The Jayhawks won nine games that year by five points or less.
"We were really a tight group," Greenlee recalled. "We kind of watched
out for each other. Coach (Ted Owens) once said, ‘We played like
brothers.' No one really cared who scored."
REMEMBERING NO. 1,500
Exactly 17 years ago on Jan. 16, 1993, KU won its 1,500th victory in
school history with a 98-77 rout at Louisville. Rex Walters led the
Jayhawks with 20 points, while Adonis Jordan added 18 points and six
assists. Kansas advanced to the Final Four that year, posting a 29-6
record and winning the Big Eight regular-season title.
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