"It was basically a Z thatwas emotionally attached to that game and disappointed". "Starting Senior Forward Zach Smith (6'8" 220-lbs) did not play against the Sooners due to an injury and is still day to day.
"We have guys with inflated self-worth", Huggins said after the 72-71 setback. "Hopefully that's a sign of goodthings to come".
However, that was the case for Texas Tech 15-2 (4-1), who had a chance to be in a tie for first place in the Big 12 with a home win over No. 2 ranked West Virginia 15-2 (4-1). WVU (15-2, 4-1) racked up the nation's longest wining streak in a variety of ways, winning with rebounding or shooting, free throws or defense, with halfcourt execution and full court fury. "We've just got to finish. It's a big challengefor us, but I'm confident we'll be ready".
He's also guided the Mountaineers to 15 consecutive wins after a season-opening loss to Texas A&M. It marked the highest WVU has been ranked since December 29, 1959 - JerryWest's senior season.
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Odds were, a loss was going to occur in a stretch in which WVU plays four of five games versus Top 20 teams. The Red Raiders sat at No. 8 in the country entering a game against No. 2 West Virginia. "I tell ourguys that all the time". "We've got great, great guys ... but we're all in this together, and if you think you're not in this with us, then go do something else". That's what everybody does because that's what you can get to the free throw line doing, ball screening and driving to the rim. You're a top 10 team that was favored at home. His return is a boost to a team that is already 15-1 and ranked No. 2 in the AP poll.
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(19) CLEMSON 72, (18) MIAMI 63: Donte Grantham had 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and Mark Donnal had 12 points, including two critical second-half 3s, as Clemson (15-2, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) outlasted visiting Miami (13-3, 3-2). He also was aggressive on defense, notching 31 steals and 21blocks. His final basket, a 3 with 1 second left, made it a one-point game but West Virginia could not foul fast enough on the inbound pass. He's fast with poking the ball loose and just being physical.
Seniors Jevon Carter and Daxter Miles have filled the starting backcourt, while sophomores Lamont West, Wesley Harris and Sagaba Konate have been the starting frontcourt for much of the year. "He's a guy that can run your team, he can score, he's tough, he's a great passer". That could be limited against West Virginia, though, as forward Zach Smith missed Tuesday's game with a left ankle sprain and forward Justin Gray was limited with tightness in his knee. However, Smith has been slowed by a foot injury that kept him out of Tuesday night's Oklahoma game, a Red Raider loss.
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The Ducks made 7 of 9 free throws overall in the first eight minutes of the second half, when UA committed eight fouls. Despite the injury, Holder returned to the game shortly after, but managed to score just two points in the first half.
Check back after the game for analysis. Beard said both players are being evaluated on a day-to-day basis.
With that in mind, the freshmen class of Zhaire Smith, Jarrett Culver and Davide Moretti may be tasked with absorbing some of thoseminutes.
Even though it's still January, the Big 12 is about to sort itself out. That was the fourth time this year West Virginia was held under 40% and it was their worst shooting performance of the season. "And the way we played early on, they didn't need to, really". The best teams are going to be the ones that can win late and survive.
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Moran, 25, is the Astros' fifth best prospect and is likely looked at as the third baseman of the future for the Pirates. Evans will push for Greubel Poser, a combination that earned the US a bronze medal at the Sochi Games four years ago.