WVU falls to Texas Tech 72-71


MICH. 82, NO. 4 MICH. ST. 72: Moritz Wagner scored a career-high 27 on 8 of 13 shooting as the visiting Wolverines handed the Spartans (16-3, 4-2 Big Ten) their second loss in three games, with an overtime win over Rutgers between the setbacks. This is good news for a team that had one of their worst offensive performances the past Tuesday night against Baylor.

WVU barely came out of that one standing, 57-54.

I don't think Esa will start, but I do expect him to play some significant minutes against Texas Tech.

Foul trouble got the best of the Mountaineers in the first half as the Red Raiders made all 13 free throw attempts while West Virginia was just 3-of-5 from the free throw line.

Then it's Texas, followed by another long road trip to TCU.

Texas Tech begins a stretch of three of its next four games on the road as the Red Raiders travel to Texas on Wednesday.

Check back after the game for analysis. Texas Tech has secured victories in eight of their last home nine games against Top 25 foes sparked by four wins over Top 10 opponents.

The regular season concludes in Austin, Texas on Saturday, March 3. The torn carotid artery and stroke Kay suffered that day left him paralyzed on one side and robbed him of numerous gifts that enabled him to become the valedictorian of his class, win awards for his saxophone skills and earn a volleyball scholarship to Stanford.

The contest between top-10 teams was tightly contested throughout and went down to the final buzzer.

The third-ranked Cavaliers (15-1, 4-0 ACC) lost to West Virginia on December 5 but have reeled off seven straight wins since. Later in the year, Virginia faces 189 Georgia Tech and 149 Pitt in back-to-back games.

Still, the trip to Lubbock, even with Ahmad, doesn't project to be a walk in the park.

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

"Ive got a great friend who this week told me, ‘Prince today, frog tomorrow, ?"

"It's a lot simpler to talk about then do, especially when you're playing against the best press in college basketball". California (7-11, 1-4) lost its fourth straight game.

Auburn (16-1, 4-0 SEC) won its 14th straight game despite trailing by 13 early in the second half.

West Virginia is clearly in uncharted waters.

After possibly the best start to a college career in the past 15 years, Young is just 15-of-45 from the floor in his past two games.

Duke was the preseason ACC favorite and North Carolina is the defending national champion, but Virginia is atop the standings and has the conference's highest ranking.

His void didn't seem to hurt as the Mountaineers have forged a 15-game winning streak, but his return will certainly help from a depthstandpoint.

The Mountaineers are still pretty good on the offensive glass (freshman has been particularly good in that respect during limited minutes), but the WVU offense has given the ball away once every five trips down the floor early in Big 12 play.

"It's the hardest league I've ever coached in", Huggins has said repeatedly.

This is another tough match-up for the Mountaineers. "I mean, those are the guys that we play".

As for my prediction, I have to side with West Virginia. But Huggins has also said repeatedly that he never looks in the rearview mirror. Rodriguez was sacked January 2 amid sexual harassment allegations. Tip time is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.

NORMAN, Okla. - Trae Young scored 29 of his 43 points after halftime, and No. 9 Oklahoma defeated No. 16 TCU in overtime.

February 26: *Texas Tech, 9 p.m.

February 5: *at Oklahoma, 9 p.m.

February 17: *at Kansas, 6 p.m.

February 24: *Iowa State, 6 p.m.