Texarkana, TX 70° Fri H 88° L 71° Sat H 82° L 69° Sun H 87° L 71° Weather Sponsored By:

Texas Tech on road trip at Texas

Texas Tech on road trip at Texas

January 11th, 2019 by Associated Press in College Sports

Oklahoma's Kristian Doolittle (21) and Texas Tech's Tariq Owens (11) reach out for the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

A look at the upcoming week around the Big 12 Conference.

GAME OF THE WEEKEND: No. 8 Texas Tech at Texas. The Red Raiders will enter the weekend atop the league at 3-0 following a 66-59 home win over No. 23 Oklahoma on Tuesday. The Longhorns won their first two Big 12 games after an up and down non-conference slate, only to lose to a struggling Oklahoma State 61-58 on Tuesday. Texas Tech has arguably the best defense in the country, while the Longhorns have struggled at times to score. But perhaps the best way to beat a top-notch defense is to spread the ball around, and Texas has six players averaging at least 7.6 points a game.

LOOKING AHEAD: No. 7 Kansas, which suffered a major blow in losing Udoka Azubuike to a season-ending hand injury, travels to Baylor on Saturday. Though that might seem like an easy trip, the Bears upset No. 20 Iowa State 73-70 on Tuesday. The Cyclones will host Kansas State in search of a 3-1 league start. TCU will visit Oklahoma, while Oklahoma State plays at West Virginia.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech. Culver has been the catalyst for Tech's strong start. The 6-foot-5 sophomore is on pace for an All-America type season, averaging 19 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists a game, and he's shooting 56.4 percent from the floor. Culver was brilliant in the win over the Sooners, scoring 23 points—including seven in a row to help the Red Raiders pull away late—with 13 boards.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Iowa State freshman Tyrese Haliburton is shooting 48.2 percent on 3s, which led the league heading into Wednesday night's games. Teammate Nick Weiler-Babb was second at 45 percent, and Marial Shayok was seventh at 40 percent. Azubuike's injury will put more pressure on Dedric Lawson in the paint. But Lawson has been up to the challenge so far, averaging a league-high 11.1 rebounds along with 18.6 points, third-best in the Big 12, entering Wednesday's matchup with TCU.

ON THE WOMEN'S SIDE: Baylor jumped up four spots to No. 4 in this week's Top 25 after beating Connecticut last week. Texas was 11th and Iowa State was 20th. Cyclones star Bridget Carleton was named the league's player of the week for the third time on Monday. Carleton, a senior, averaged 29.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 6 assists in wins over K-State and Kansas. Texas Tech guard Chrislyn Carr was the freshman of the week for the third time. Carr has scored at least 10 points in nine straight games.

Getting Started/Comments Policy

Getting started

  1. 1. If you frequently comment on news websites then you may already have a Disqus account. If so, click the "Login" button at the top right of the comment widget and choose whether you'd rather log in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or a Disqus account.
  2. 2. If you've forgotten your password, Disqus will email you a link that will allow you to create a new one. Easy!
  3. 3. If you're not a member yet, Disqus will go ahead and register you. It's seamless and takes about 10 seconds.
  4. 4. To register, either go through the login process or just click in the box that says "join the discussion," type your comment, and either choose a social media platform to log you in or create a Disqus account with your email address.
  5. 5. If you use Twitter, Facebook or Google to log in, you will need to stay logged into that platform in order to comment. If you create a Disqus account instead, you'll need to remember your Disqus password. Either way, you can change your display name if you'd rather not show off your real name.
  6. 6. Don't be a huge jerk or do anything illegal, and you'll be fine.

Texarkana Gazette Comments Policy

The Texarkana Gazette web sites include interactive areas in which users can express opinions and share ideas and information. We cannot and do not monitor all of the material submitted to the website. Additionally, we do not control, and are not responsible for, content submitted by users. By using the web sites, you may be exposed to content that you may find offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of the Gazette web sites and any content on the Gazette web sites, including, but not limited to, whether you should rely on such content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you acknowledge that we shall have the right (but not the obligation) to review any content that you have submitted to the Gazette, and to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content that we determine, in our sole discretion, (a) does not comply with the terms and conditions of this agreement; (b) might violate any law, infringe upon the rights of third parties, or subject us to liability for any reason; or (c) might adversely affect our public image, reputation or goodwill. Moreover, we reserve the right to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content at any time, for the reasons set forth above, for any other reason, or for no reason. If you believe that any content on any of the Gazette web sites infringes upon any copyrights that you own, please contact us pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Title 17 U.S.C. § 512) at the following address:

Copyright Agent
The Texarkana Gazette
15 Pine Street
Texarkana, TX 75501
Phone: 903-794-3311
Email: webeditor@texarkanagazette.com