December 18, 2012
Red Raiders Look To Rebound Against Crimson Tide
Date/Time: Wednesday, December 19, 2012 • 7 p.m.
Location: Lubbock, Texas (United Spirit Arena / 15,098)
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network from Learfield Sports
Brian Hanni (Play-By-Play) and Chris Level (Analyst)
Satellite Radio: Sirius (106)
Mike Gleason (Play-by-Play), John Harris (Analyst)
On The Web: Live in-game statistics and other coverage can be found at www.texastech.com
Rankings: Texas Tech: None. Alabama: None.
Head Coaches: Texas Tech: Chris Walker
(Career: 5-2 in one season; At Texas Tech: Same).
Alabama: Anthony Grant (Career: 145-67 in seven seasons; At Alabama: 69-42 in four seasons.)
Against Alabama: Alabama leads the all-time series, 5-1.
Texas Tech (5-2) will try and rebound from an 80-75 loss to McNeese State last Sunday, as it hosts the Alabama (6-3) from the Southeastern Conference on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena.
This is the first visit by the Crimson Tide to Lubbock since Dec. 3, 1981, when Alabama left with a 95-93 win over the Red Raiders. A game in which current Red Raider assistant coach Bubba Jennings
broke his foot but still finished with 10 points.
The last time these two teams met was in Tokyo, Japan, at the Suntory Ball Classic on Dec. 16, 1983, when the Tide upended the Red Raiders, 76-56, despite 18 points from Jennings.
Fast forward 30 years and these two teams will meet on the hardwood again.
Texas Tech will look to get back on track after free throw shooting derailed the Red Raiders against McNeese State. Tech missed 13 free throws and connected on just 51.9 percent from the charity stripe in the game.
The Red Raiders have become one of the nation's top scoring offenses under first-year head coach Chris Walker
, whose team is averaging 80.3 points per game. Texas Tech is also netting 29.6 field goals a game, which ranks first in the Big 12 Conference and 10th nationally.
Leading the way is the nation's top Sixth Man in junior forward Jaye Crockett
, who leads the big six conference sixth men in scoring and rebounding with 15.6 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
Alabama is led by Trevor Releford, who is averaging 15.9 points, 2.9 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. Rodney Cooper adds 13.5 points and 4.8 rebounds, while Trevor Lacy chips in 13.4 points and 3.6 rebounds.
Alabama is mired in a three-game losing streak after starting the season 6-0 with losses against Cincinnati (58-56), Dayton (81-76) and VCU (73-54).