Round two of the Big 12 fight for No. 25 Texas Tech brings No. 6 Kansas into Lubbock this weekend for a 3 p.m. game on Saturday at the United Supermarkets Arena.
The Red Raiders (10-3, 0-1 Big 12) are coming off a 51-47 loss at No. 11 Iowa State on Wednesday, while the Jayhawks (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) extended an eight-game winning streak with a 74-63 victory at Oklahoma State on Tuesday in Stillwater. TTU is currently 8-0 at home this season and KU is 2-0 in true road games.
Tech played its game against Iowa State with only seven available players due to a combination of injuries along with health and safety protocols. Information regarding availability will not be announced until Saturday.
The matchup is one that features one of the top defenses in the conference and the top offense with the Red Raiders limiting opponents to only 37.1 percent shooting which ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and eighth nationally. ISU shot only 30.6 percent on Wednesday to become the eighth team to shoot under 40 percent against Tech this season. KU leads the Big 12 by shooting 50.7 percent from the field and scoring 84.3 points per game.
The Red Raiders have held seven opponents under 60 points and is ninth nationally by limiting teams to only 57.6 points per game. Tech is currently fifth nationally with a 11.4 rebounding advantage and 13th with an 18.2 scoring margin. Kansas has scored 70 or more in all 13 of their games this season, including seven games of 75 or more. The Red Raiders have limited their last three opponents under 55 points.
Venue: United Supermarkets Arena (15, 098)
Tip: 3 p.m.
TV Talent: Jon Sciambi (play-by-play), Fran Fraschilla (analyst)
Radio (Texas Tech Sports Network): 97.3 Double T FM
Radio Talent: Geoff Haxton (play-by-play), Chris Level (analyst)
SIRIUS/XM Radio Channels: Ch. 84
The game will be televised on ESPN2 with Jon Sciambi and Fran Fraschilla calling the action along with on the radio with Geoff Haxton and Chris Level broadcasting. Fans can listen to the radio call locally on Double T 97.3 and through the Texas Tech Sports Network.
Texas Tech will return with three games next week, starting at No. 1 Baylor on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in Waco before hosting Oklahoma State at 6 p.m. on Thursday in a rescheduled game. The Red Raiders finish off the week at Kansas State on at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 15 in Manhattan, Kansas.
Kansas has won four straight over the Red Raiders and own a 39-6 advantage in the all-time series. The Jayhawks have swept Tech the past two seasons after the Red Raiders ran away with a 91-62 win on Feb. 23, 2019 in a home win. KU had won 16 straight games in the series before Tech secured an 85-73 road win in Lawrence on Jan. 2, 2018. The Jayhawks won 58-57 in Lubbock last season as the No. 5-ranked team in the nation. Terrence Shannon, Jr. had 20 points and nine rebounds in the loss to lead the Red Raiders, while Ochai Agbaji returns to Lubbock after going for 23 points against Tech last season. In Lawrence, KU won 67-61 with Kevin McCullar going for 12 points and nine rebounds and Marcus Santos-Silva adding 12 points and eight rebounds.
TECH VS. RANKED OPPONENTS
Tech is 1-2 against ranked opponents this season after knocking off No. 13 Tennessee at the Jimmy V Classic but falling at No. 11 Iowa State to open Big 12 play after a 69-55 loss to No. 5 Gonzaga in the Jerry Colangelo Classic. As a program, Tech is 62-217 all-time against ranked opponents after going 16-24 in the previous five seasons. The Red Raiders were 3-8 in the 2020-21 season against ranked teams with two wins over Texas (No. 4 and No. 14) and a home win over Oklahoma which was at No. 9.
RED RAIDERS vs. TOP-10 OPPONENTS
Tech went 2-4 against top-10 opponents last season with a 79-77 road win over Texas in Austin on Jan. 13, 2021 before knocking off No. 9 Oklahoma with a 57-52 win in Lubbock on Feb. 1, 2021. The Red Raiders dropped their conference opener last season to No. 5 Kansas at home and fell twice to Baylor before No. 10 Arkansas topped them in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Tech has 25 wins over top-10 teams in program history.
RED RAIDER ROSTER REPORT
The Tech roster of 15 is made up of five returners, seven NCAA Division I transfers, one junior college transfer, a walk-on who did not play last season and one high school signee. An experienced team, the Red Raiders have four super seniors in Davion Warren, Bryson Williams, Marcus Santos-Silva and Adonis Arms and five players who are currently in graduate school in Kevin Obanor, Warren, Williams, Santos-Silva and Arms.
McCullar missed the Big 12 opener against Iowa State with an injury and will be a game-time decision against Kansas. He is averaging 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game after going for 11 points and a career-high seven assists in the win over Alabama State. McCullar recorded the first double-double of his season and third of his career after going for 14 points and 10 rebounds against Gonzaga. McCullar is currently ninth in the Big 12 in rebounding. He comes into Big 12 play after also going off for 21 points against Arkansas State on Dec. 14 and 11 points and seven rebounds last Wednesday against Alabama State. It was the second 20-plus point game of his career and three points shy of his career-high 24 points against Grambling earlier this season. His seven assists last Tuesday surpassed five assists he had in games against North Florida, Tennessee and Eastern Washington for his previous high. Along with his strong performance against nationally-ranked Gonzaga, he had 10 rebounds, five assists and eight points in the overtime win over No. 13 Tennessee. A San Antonio native in his third season playing for the Red Raiders, McCullar was a redshirt during the program's run to the 2019 NCAA Championship final and is the only current player who was on that roster. McCullar scored his career-high 24 points in the win over Grambling in the second game this season where he was 9 of 18 from the field and has scored in double figures in five of seven games played his season. McCullar missed games against Omaha and Lamar with a non-COVID illness before returning to the starting lineup in Rhode Island. A 2021 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection, McCullar has 517 points, 279 rebounds, 97 assists and 85 steals through 59 games in his career. He currently is averaging 1.6 steals per game matching a season-high with three against Alabama State. He led the team last season with 34 steals. A junior on the roster, he still has three years of eligibility remaining.
Warren led Tech in scoring for the first time this season with 15 points in the win over Alabama State and then again with 12 points at Iowa State. He is now averaging 11.3 points per game through 13 games as a Red Raider and has scored in double figures 51 times in 72 career games at the NCAA level. Warren leads the Red Raiders and is ninth in the Big 12 with 20 steals this season with two or more steals in eight games this season. He averaged 21.2 points per game as a senior at Hampton University last season. In games against ranked opponents, he had 10 points and two steals against Tennessee and had five against Gonzaga. A Buffalo, New York native, Warren ranked 14th nationally in scoring last season and was the fourth leading returner coming into this season. He scored a season-high 19 points in the win over Grambling in the second game of the season and has scored in double figures in five of eight games. Warren is currently 28 of 36 on free throws (77.8 percent) and has made 213 free throws in his career. After beginning his career with two seasons at Olney Central College, Warren played two seasons at Hampton where he earned his bachelor's degree. He currently has scored 1,742 points in his collegiate career.
Arms was a consistent player off the bench for Adams throughout the first nine games before making starts in the past four games – beginning against Gonzaga and then on Wednesday at Iowa State. He tied for the team lead in scoring in the games against Gonzaga and EWU and is coming off a game in Ames where he had eight points, four steals and scored seven points. He matched McCullar with 14 points in the game against Gonzaga for the team lead, including hitting a season-high three 3-pointers. Arms is now averaging 8.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game with a season-high 15 points against Arkansas State. A Milwaukee native, Arms is at his fourth college after also playing at Mesa Community College, Northwest Nazarene and Winthrop. He had a previous season-high seven rebounds at Providence College before his eight at Iowa State. He was held scoreless for the only time this season against Tennessee before bouncing back for his season-high of 15 against Arkansas State on a 5 of 6 shooting performance. Arms played in the NCAA Tournament last season with Winthrop, scoring 10 points in a loss to Villanova in the opening round.
Terrence Shannon, Jr. has missed the past four games against Iowa State, Alabama State, Eastern Washington and Gonzaga with an injury and is listed as a game-time decision for Saturday's game against Kansas. He is scoring 14.3 points per game after recording his first double-double of the season with 18 points and 12 rebounds in the win over Tennessee, but then having a season-low two points against Arkansas State in limited minutes in his last action on the court. His 12 rebounds against the Volunteers were a career-high and it was his second career double-double after he had a 23/10 performance last season at LSU. He was coming off 17 points at Providence College where he was 6-for-11 from the field with two 3-pointers. A junior from Chicago, Shannon is in his third season at Tech after electing to return following going through the NBA Draft process over the summer. Shannon did not play in the first three games this season for the Red Raiders as a review of that process was being completed before he returned to play in the fourth game of the year against Incarnate Word. Shannon has scored in double figures in five of six games he's played in this season and in 41 games through 63 in his career. He also scored 18 points in the team's 56-point win over Omaha and is currently shooting 11-for-30 (36.7 percent) on 3-pointers with two or more in each of the five games he's played in. Shannon has scored 730 points in his career with a high of 24 points as a freshman at DePaul. He earned 2021 All-Big 12 Third Team honors and is on the Preseason All-Big 12 team and watch lists for the Naismith, Wooden and West awards.
Williams is averaging 11.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game after going for 10 points and three rebounds at Iowa State. A Fresno, California native, Williams played two seasons at Fresno State and two at UTEP before transferring to Tech over the summer to utilize a fifth season of eligibility. He currently has scored 1,772 points and 805 rebounds through 134 games played in his college career. Williams scored a season-high 22 points in the opener against North Florida by going 9-for-11 from the field and has two games with nine rebounds (Grambling, Omaha) on his resume this season. An All-C-USA selection the past two seasons, he has made 709 baskets in his career and is currently shooting 51.8 percent from the field. Williams has averaged 13.2 points and 6.0 rebounds in his collegiate career coming into the matchup against the Jayhawks. Last season at UTEP, Williams recorded a double-double with 23 points and 13 rebounds against Kansas in a 67-62 loss on March 4, 2021.
Obanor is averaging 8.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game after recording a season-high 10 rebounds at Iowa State. A senior from Houston who is in his first season at Tech after three years at Oral Roberts, Obanor has scored 1,419 points and has 734 rebounds through 99 games of his collegiate career. He is coming off a junior season where he had 15 double-doubles and averaged 18.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per game at ORU where he recorded double-doubles in three NCAA Tournament games en route to the Sweet 16. Obanor has hit at least one 3-pointer in nine of 13 game this season and is currently 19-for-58 on 3-pointers (32.8 percent) after going 0-for-3 on 3-pointers against the Cyclones. Obanor, Warren and Williams have started all 13 games for the Red Raiders this season.
Santos-Silva is in his second season at Tech after playing three years at VCU. A super senior from Taunton, Massachusetts, he has produced 1,137 points and 856 rebounds through 139 games in his collegiate career. Santos-Silva is averaging 5.2 points and 3.8 rebounds per game for the Red Raiders this season with a high of 12 rebounds in the win over Lamar and 13 points in the opener against North Florida. He had five rebounds, three assists and scored four points against Iowa State. His fastbreak dunk gave Tech a 42-40 lead with two minutes remaining against Iowa State. Santos-Silva has 26 games in his career with double-digit rebounds after his 12-rebound performance against Lamar and has six games with four or more rebounds this season. He currently has 344 offensive rebounds in his career and is 10th in the Big 12 with 2.17 offensive rebounds per game.
Mylik Wilson missed the past five games and is a game-time decision after minor knee surgery which will have him out a couple weeks. He leads Tech with 3.7 assists, 1.9 steals and 0.8 blocks per game this season where he is also adding 4.1 points and 1.9 rebounds. A transfer from Louisiana, Wilson has started five of eight games he played in and is 11th nationally with a 3.7 assist-to-turnover ratio with 26 assists and only seven turnovers. Wilson had a season-high seven assists in the season-opening win over North Florida and has four or more assists in four games this season. Wilson is a junior with three years of eligibility remaining after playing two seasons at Louisiana. He currently has 194 assists, 702 points and 324 rebounds through 63 games played in his collegiate career.
At full strength, Tech's bench is deep with Daniel Batcho, Chibuzo Agbo, Clarence Nadolny, KJ Allen and Sardaar Calhoun poised to make impacts. Nadolny made his first career start on Wednesday at ISU and finished with a career-high four steals and matched his career-high with nine points. A junior from France, he was coming off a career-high five assists in the win over Alabama State where he also had a previous season-high eight points. A junior with 57 games of experience, Nadolny is currently averaging 3.4 points, 1.2 steals and 1.4 assists per game. Batcho is a freshman from Paris France who transferred from Arizona where he redshirted last season before deciding to transfer. He secured a career-high 11 rebounds in the win over Tennessee where he also scored four points and had two blocked shots and is now coming off going for nine rebounds and eight points against Alabama State. Batcho had 10 rebounds and also scored six points in the win over Omaha after producing eight rebounds and eight points against Incarnate Word. The tallest Red Raider at 6-foot-11, Batcho is averaging 4.9 rebounds and 3.8 points per game.
Tech's only true freshman, Ethan Duncan, is redshirting this season after suffering an off-season shoulder injury that required surgery. Austin Timperman made his debut against EWU after becoming eligible at midterm. A walk-on from The Woodlands, Timperman transferred to Tech as a student last year after being in UTSA's team.
KANSAS JAYHAWK REPORT
The Jayhawks are on an eight-game winning streak after opening conference play with a win at Oklahoma State on Tuesday. Ochai Agbaji leads KU with 20.2 points per game, while Christian Braun is scoring 16.8 points per game to go along with 6.2 rebounds per game and 42 total assists. Remy Martin is at 10.4 points per game to give the Jayhawks three double-figure scorers. David McCormack is coming off a 17 point, 15 rebound performance against the Cowboys where he had seven offensive rebounds and is now averaging 9.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. A senior from Virginia, McCormack played as a reserve for the first time this season in his double-double game against OSU. Jalen Wilson added 15 rebounds in the game for the Jayhawks who had a 50-36 rebounding advantage over the Cowboys. A Denton, Texas native, Wilson is averaging 6.8 rebounds and 5.5 points per game. He recorded a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds in the win over Tech last season in Lawrence.
The Jayhawks will host their first Big 12 game of the season on Tuesday against No. 11 Iowa State at the Allen Field House in Lawrence.
Mark Adams is in his first season as the head coach at Texas Tech after working as the associate head coach for the program for five seasons. His 6-0 start was the best beginning to a season for a first-year head coach at Tech. Adams, who is the 18th head coach in program history, has won 561 games as a head coach and is in 26th season in a head coaching role with previous head coach experience at Howard College (2004-13), UTRGV (1992-97), West Texas A&M (1987-92), Wayland Baptist (1983-87) and Clarendon College (1981-82). Adams was named Tech's 18th head coach in program history on April 6, 2021 having already amassed a 554-244 overall record in the lead role. He led Howard College to the 2010 NJCAA National Championship and Wayland Baptist to the 1985 NAIA National Championship Finals with a runner-up finish. Adams coached Jae Crowder at Howard College. As an assistant under Chris Beard, Adams helped Little Rock to the NCAA Tournament before unprecedented success at Texas Tech where the Red Raiders advanced to the 2018 Elite Eight and 2019 NCAA National Championship Final. Tech advanced to the 2021 NCAA Tournament which is the first time the program has made three straight tournament appearances. Adams has been inducted to the Hall of Fame at Wayland Baptist, West Texas A&M, Howard College and the NJCAA. His defense was the top-ranked unit in Kenpom in adjusted defense. Adams has surrounded himself by an experienced staff that includes head coaching experience in Corey Williams (Stetson), Barret Peery (Portland State) and Sean Sutton (Oklahoma State).