No. 2 West Virginia falters at No. 8 Texas Tech

Ross Houston
January 14, 2018

Huggins said that Ahmad has played well in practice, but has practiced against the players on the team who play the most and not with them.

But at least West Virginia (15-1, 4-0 Big 12) can take comfort in having one of its top assets back in the lineup. Esa Ahmad added 18 in his season debut following an NCAA academic suspension. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. while the contest will be shown on the Longhorn Network. The Mountaineers hadn't lost a game since their season-opener on November 10, 2017. Add in the most consistent offensive player Lamont West, the poise of Jevon Carter and the big plays of Daxter Miles Jr late in the games, I believe the Mountaineers pull away in the final minutes to win the game.

Kyle Alexander had 14 points, Admiral Schofield scored 12 and Jordan Bone added 10 as Tennessee (12-4, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) won its third straight in Volunteers coach Rick Barnes' 1,000th career game. Smith led all scorers (15) past year in the upset win over the seventh ranked Mountaineers. "With West Virginia, it starts with their toughness". "We have to do some soul-searching", coach Tom Izzo said.

"I worry about his conditioning", Huggins said.

West Virginia (15-2, 4-1 Big 12) couldn't hold an 11-point lead in the final 13 minutes and its nation-leading winning streak ended at 15 games.

Texas Tech is slated to play a Tuesday road game against Texas. "It was great you had our back". "You work like insane to get to the point where everybody is excited about playing you". I know we're going to be a frog again at some point.

"I told the guys yesterday, 'This isn't about winning the game Saturday, '" Beard said.

That's certainly not the case today.

Sagaba Konate had a game-high 11 rebounds, but one of his misses on an ill-advised long jumper signified West Virginia's game for coach Bob Huggins.

The Red Raiders are rolling.

No. 20 North Carolina 69, Notre Dame 68: Joel Berry II, who had 15 points, hit two free throws with 7.1 seconds left for North Carolina.

The rematch in Morgantown also required two sessions to decide, with West Virginia outlasting the Red Raiders 83-74.

"Senior guard Keenan Evans (6'3" 190-lbs) has scored in double figures in all but one of his games. The story line of the game was poor free throw shooting by the Mountaineers (54.2%). He is 32-16 at Texas Tech and 9-13 in the Big XII.

Six-nine junior center Norense Odiase was the fifth starter against the Sooners. Johnathan Williams had 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists to help No. 15 Gonzaga (16-3, 6-0 West Coast Conference) defeat San Francisco (10-9, 2-4) 75-65 in San Francisco. He is averaging a team-best 17.3 points per game and is shooting 49.2 percent from the floor.

"It's a hard league", Huggins said.

Although the Red Raiders play a lot of guards, they struggle at times taking care of the ball. He was 5 of 6 from the field. His only previous double-digit game was 10 in a 34-point blowout over Savannah State.

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. - Briain Angola scored 24 points, including five in the second overtime, and Christ Koumadje added a career-high 23 for Florida State. "Smith is probably the most athletic guy and I don't know anybody that has two better freshmen". They can bounce it. "They're extremely well coached. They're really, really good and I think Chris (Beard) has done a great job of mixing them in with the older guys". "There are not going to be very many routs, if any, in this league".

"We're going to have close games", he said.

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