Date: Friday, March 9, 2018
Tip-off: 9:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri
Radio: Mountaineer Sports Network from IMG (Tony Caridi & Jay Jacobs)
TV stream: ESPN2 (Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe)
Projected West Virginia Lineup
Daxter Miles Jr.
Projected Texas Tech Lineup
Why West Virginia Will Win
The Mountaineers and Texas Tech are slated to meet in the Big 12 Championship quarterfinal on Friday night. Last time the two teams played was Senior Night in Morgantown. WVU started the game red-hot, going on a 16-0 run to take a commanding lead. It was one the Mountaineers didn’t relinquish. During that loss, the Red Raiders were without point guard Keenan Evans (17.6 points). But the all-conference guard won’t be sitting out the rematch. He tallied 25 points in a 73-69 victory over Texas on Thursday. Jarrett Culver and Zhaire Smith have been key components in Texas Tech’s success this season. The freshman duo has combined for 734 points, which ranks fifth and sixth in program history for players during their freshman campaigns. Culver averages 11.5 points per contest and Smith averages 11.4. And like WVU, the Red Raiders bench has the ability to put up points. Niem Stevenson (7.4 points), Zach Smith (6.0 points), Tommy Hamilton IV (5.8 points) and Brandon Francis (5.4 points) can all do some damage. In the Mountaineers 78-65 win over Baylor, a trio of veterans carried the team. Esa Ahmad erupted for 21 points while Daxter Miles Jr. went on a 3-point frenzy and chipped in 19 points on 5-of-6 shooting from beyond the arc. Jevon Carter added 18 points, including a half-court shot at the end of the first half. He had six steals and moved up to second all-time in school history for steals (93) in a single season. WVU is no stranger to performing on the big stage in Kansas City. The Mountaineers finished the tournament as runner-ups the last two seasons.
West Virginia 82 , Texas Tech 79