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WVU's 15-game win streak snapped in narrow loss to Texas Tech

14 January 2018, 01:02 | Charlene Valdez

Rob Ferguson | USA Today Sports Images Texas Tech hosts West Virginia in a top 10 battle at 2 p.m. ET

Texas Tech hosts West Virginia in a top 10 battle at 2 p.m. ET

Oklahoma gets TCU at home on Saturday and visits Kansas State on Tuesday. The best teams are going to be the ones that can win late and survive. Somebody is going to trip up, and Baylor and TCU are next in line to take their shot. That was the fourth time this year West Virginia was held under 40% and it was their worst shooting performance of the season.

Carter sank a 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds remaining to draw the Mountaineers within a point, but the Red Raiders inbounded the ball and ran out the clock.

The #2 Mountaineers can possibly get to #1 with two wins here. The Wolverines (15-4, 4-2 Big Ten) have won eight of nine games overall and two straight against their rivals. The two teams last met on February 18, 2017 when the Red Raiders lost 83-74 in double overtime.

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said his team will prepare for Ahmad to play his usual allotment of minutes. He ended the contest with 28 points on 10-of-22 shooting, marking his highest scoring total since a November win over Missouri, adding three rebounds, two assists and three steals. Evans also has a lot of weapons with him on this team too.

"Freshman guard David Moretti (6'3" 165-lbs) is another player that can come off the bench and provide some offense, especially from behind the arc.

But the Red Raiders answered with a 12-2 run - fueled by Keenan Evans, who scored the first seven points - to take an 18-17 lead at the 8:12 mark. Joel Berry hit two free throws with 7.1 seconds left and finished with 15 points as No. 20 North Carolina (14-4, 3-2 ACC) earned a 69-68 victory over Notre Dame (13-5, 3-2) in South Bend, Ind. ... Well, that's exactly what Texas Tech fans did. The defense, which had such a strong start to the season, looks completely different, allowing an average of 94 points over its first four conference games. Forwards Zach Smith and Justin Gray round out the starting five for the Red Raiders.

No. 24 Tennessee 75, Texas A&M 62: Jordan Bowden scored 15 points as Tennessee (12-4, 3-2 SEC) handed Texas A&M its fifth consecutive loss.

The Bears have played all four games against teams in the top six, including facing third-ranked Texas Tech without star forward Jo Lual-Acuil.

The Mountaineers, however, get a key piece back for this one in junior forward Esa Ahmad. "He may not be at the top of his game come Saturday, but it won't be long after that he will be", Huggins added.

Congressman Jodey Arrington sat courtside for the big win.

Kansas again has another highly experienced point guard in Devonte Graham.

NO. 7 DUKE 89, WAKE 71: Marvin Bagley III had 30 points and 11 rebounds for the host Blue Devils (15-2, 3-2 ACC) in a game that Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski missed due to a virus. He's practiced with us, but he really hasn't practiced with the guys who played the most; he's played against those guys. Luke Maye had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Tar Heels (14-4, 3-2).

West Virginia has the home court and will have the best player on the court, as they do most Big 12 games with Jevon Carter. They made big shots at Kansas in Allen Fieldhouse and that's not easy to do. An in-your-space squad that feeds off turnovers forced only three in the second-half when Huggins tried 1-3-1 and 2-3 zones.

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