K-State coach Frank Martin lifted Jordan Henriquez’s suspension last night, and could play the 7-footer tonight when the Cats travel to Lubbock to face the Big 12′s cellar dwelling Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Martin says Henriquez, who is averaging 7.1 points per game and 5.1 rebounds a game, “just lost his focus and needed time to understand his priorities.”
Who: K-State vs. Texas Tech
When: January 25, 2012 | 8:00 p.m.
Where: Lubbock, Texas | United Spirit Arena (15,098)
Media: ESPNU | Wildcat Radio Network
The Raiders (7-11), under first year head coach Billy Gillispie, are winless in six tries in the Big 12 this season and play in the conference’s worst home court advantage.
Kansas State (14-4, 3-3) has bounced back from a 1-3 start and have a chance to be over .500 for the first time in conference play this season.
Texas Tech is off to their worst Big 12 start since opening 0-9 in 1999-2000. The Red Raiders are last in the Big 12 in turnovers with 17.0 per game as well as in rebounds at 32.2, while ranking near the bottom in points scored (63.3) and allowed (67.2).
“Talk about being young now, holy cow, they might be the youngest team in the country,” Martin said.
Texas Tech shot 35.1 percent in its 24-point home loss Saturday against Iowa State and has failed to reach 40 percent in any conference game.
Gillispie’s Raiders have 10 new faces this year and are led by a freshman (Jordan Tolbert, 12.5 ppg, 6.3 reb) and he is preaching patience in the rebuilding process.
“It takes time to learn how to practice like we want to, at the pace we want to,” he said. “When you have 10 new guys, again not using that as an excuse, just as a fact of the matter, it takes a little time.”
Kansas State, who is shooting a woeful 42.1% in conference play, and an absolutely atrocious 35.8% on the road, is looking for its fourth straight win over Tech, who won its first six home games at United Spirit Arena, but has lost all three Big 12 home games by double digits.
|Avg Points Allowed||64.5||67.2|
|Points||R. McGruder 15.6||J. Tolbert 12.5|
|Rebounds||J. Samuels 6.9||J. Tolbert 6.3|
|Assists||S. Southwell 2.8||T. Gotcher 2.6|
|Steals||R. McGruder 1.3||T. Nurse 1.0|
|Blocks||J. Henriquez 2.3||R. Lewandowski .9|
|Team Stats: Kansas State | Texas Tech|
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