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No. 8 Texas Tech vs. No

No. 8 Texas Tech vs. No

And No. 2 West Virginia absorbed another tough lesson in Lubbock.

Texas Tech guard Zhaire Smith (2) battles for a rebound during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida Atlantic on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Lubbock, Texas.

The Red Raiders are now ranked No. 8 on the AP Top 25, with a loss to No. 9 Oklahoma and a win over No. 2 West Virginia heading into next week's rankings. Texas Tech is promoting the game as a "Red Out" with fans going to 15,000-seat United Supermarkets Arena encouraged to wear red. So the result not only put the Red Raiders once again in a tie for first in the league standings, but also evened out the conference race with four one-loss teams.

By the end of the first half, West Virginia was shooting 47 percent from behind the arc and were led by Carter, who scored 15 first half points and connected on 4-of-6 three pointers. "And in today's game that's all there is". Thomas Welsh scored 20 points - two off his career best - to lead the Bruins (13-5, 4-2), who were only 8 of 18 at the free-throw line.

Photos courtesy of West Virginia University Junior Esa Ahmad is returning to WVU's lineup after being suspended the first 16 games of the year. 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. But it remains unknown how soon or how long the forward will play. "I mean, those are the guys that we play".

One of those miscues was foul trouble. I expect the Red Raiders to be riding on a lot of emotion to start the game.

Combine that with Jevon Carter going off for 28 points, and West Virginia as a team making 11 three-pointers, more likely than not the team is going to win the game.

"It was an emotional game for us", said Beard, whose team improved to 12-0 at home this season. "Just trying to stay part of the race".

Oklahoma 102, TCU 97 (OT): Trae Young scored 29 of his 43 points after halftime, and No. 9 Oklahoma defeated No. 16 TCU in overtime. That opened the door for Texas Tech to eventually win the game in overtime on Anthony Livingston's 3 with six seconds left. He received a quick hook with 16 minutes left in the game after heaving up a 20-footer when he found himself trapped with the ball at the top of the key.

Ahmad's 34 minutes were the second-most on either team (behind Carter's 39). Ahmad finished with 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting with six rebounds.

"I worry about his conditioning", Huggins said. Last week the Mountaineers went 2-0 with home wins over #7 Oklahoma and Baylor.

"Teddy's attitude allowed Teddy not to play", Huggins said. "And for some reason, in the heat of the game — you might think about what I wonder in these moments — I kept on thinking about that".

NO. 19 CLEMSON 72, NO. 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 the host Tigers (15-2, 4-1 ACC) continued their best start in nine seasons by outlasting the Hurricanes (13-3, 3-2).

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