MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–The 10th-ranked West Virginia Mountaineers host Texas Tech on Wednesday at the Coliseum. The last time the two teams met in Lubbock, things got a little hairy for WVU.
The Mountaineers (22-7, 11-5 Big 12) were down by five with 2:26 remaining when Tarik Phillip scored eight points to lead WVU to an 80-76 victory.
Jaysean Paige scored 22 points and Phillip added 20 as WVU shot 51 percent.
The Mountaineers will turn to Phillip and Paige against the Red Raiders (18-10, 8-8) on Wednesday night. The duo help make up one of the countries top benches in basketball.
Phillip has averaged 15.8 points in his last four games. Paige leads WVU in scoring, averaging 14.5 points per game. The 6-foot-2 senior guard won his third Big 12 Player of the Week honor this week.
Paige averaged 25.5 points last week while shooting 51.3 percent from the floor, including a 34 point performance against Iowa State.
Devin Williams leads the Big 12 with 13 double-doubles. He is averaging 13.3 points and 9.1 rebounds a game.
Texas Tech has four players averaging double figures in scoring. Toddrick Gotcher averages 11.2 points. Devaugntah Williams and Aaron Ross each average 10.6. Zach Smith averages 10 points.
The Red Raiders were picked to finish last in the Big 12 but are currently in seventh place and have a shot at making the NCAA tournament for the first time under head coach Tubby Smith.
Texas Tech is 5-1 in its last six games. On Saturday, the Red Raiders lost to then-No.2 Kansas 67-58 on their worst shooting performance of the season.
“(Coach Tubby Smith) is playing a bunch of young guys and they’re starting to grow up,” Huggins said. “They’ve always defended well and now they’re scoring the ball better. Gotcher is shooting really well for them, (Keenan) Evans has started to make shots, Williams has always been a pretty consistent scorer for them and they’re hard to guard because they’ve got a whole bunch of people who can score the ball.”
This will be the 10th meeting between the two teams.
The Mountaineers have won their last five meetings against Texas Tech. WVU is 7-0 since joining the Big 12.
The Red Raiders lone win against the Mountaineers was a 77-69 victory in the opening round of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament in 2013.