And, of course, then the losing skid reached seven and WVU's season ended with a loss to tonight's opponent, Texas Tech, in the play-in game of the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City. The Mountaineers had swept the Red Raiders in the regular season, but Dejan Kravic tipped in a missed shot just before the buzzer to give Tech a 71-69 win.
Kravic is back this season, along with most of Texas Tech's other scoring threats from a year ago, and the Red Raiders seem improved in veteran coach Tubby Smith's first season in Lubbock. Tech is just 8-6 and has more losses than any other team in the Big 12, but that's in great part due to a schedule that has included Arizona, Arizona State, Alabama, LSU and Pitt. And the Raiders are 0-1 in the league, but the loss was 73-62 Saturday to 13-0 Iowa State.
They still have athletic 6-foot-7 forwards Jaye Crockett (14.1 points, 6.6 rebounds) and Jordan Tolbert (12.5, 6.6), as well as the 7-foot Kravic (6.4, 4.1).
BRIEFLY: Tonight's game was originally scheduled to air on ESPNU, but was dropped in favor of ESPN's multi-platform coverage of tonight's BCS title game. It will instead air on the Big 12 Network (locally WQCW).
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