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The Fastbreak | Big 12 Coaches Salaries

Hot Topic

Besides a chance for Tech to close out the season with 2 huge back-to-back upsets before the Big 12 tourney, there isn’t really any hot topics this week. I’ll take from an article last week in the The Dallas Morning News about the Big 12 coaches salaries, and our Tubby Smith ranks #8 at $1.7 million. Here is a list of the others…

  1. Bill Self, Kansas – $3,856,000
  2. Bob Huggins, WVU – $3,250,000
  3. Lon Kruger, Oklahoma – $2,750,000
  4. Travis Ford, OSU – $2,625,000
  5. Rick Barnes, Texas – $2,485,000
  6. Fred Hoiberg, ISU – $2,200,000
  7. Bruce Weber, KSU – $1,850,000
  8. Tubby Smith, TTU – $1,700,000
  9. Scott Drew, Baylor – n/a
  10. Trent Johnson, TCU – n/a

What is your take on the salaries of Big 12 coaches?

Stats

The stat of the week that jumps out at me is blocks per game for our Red Raiders. According to StatSheet.com the team ranks at #83 in the nation in blocks per game at 4.2. That is in large part due to Zach Smith who broke the Red Raiders freshman school record for blocks in a season at 44 already, and is averaging 1.52 bpg. That is good enough to rank Smith as the #4 blocker in the Big 12, and #105 in the entire nation. Smith is going to be rejecting shots for a long time as a Red Raider and will be chasing Tony Battie to became the all-time leading shot blocker in school history with 162 blocks.

Quotes

After the win against Oklahoma State…

“These guys gave me one of the best days of my life. I love these guys. To go out with a win was just awesome. I’ll remember D-Will for the rest of my life.” – Clark Lammert

“We had three guys that were making 3-pointers on the court. That was critical. There was a cross screen for Toddrick to come up and get the three. He caught it. If he didn’t have the shot, we were going to run Rob off a back screen set by Devaugntah. Devaugntah did a good job of screening. If they went with Rob, D-Will would pop out. It was a great read by Toddrick.” – Coach Tubby Smith

“Right before the game (I told Norense Odiase) that Forte’s going to drive to the basket. Make sure you take the charge. He’s a really good free throw shooter. He’s a smart player and will try to get to the free-throw line. … (Odiase) ended up taking a charge on him and I ended up taking a charge on him which I think got him out of his rhythm.” – Luke Adams

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