Post Game Thoughts: Texas Tech 84, Mississippi Valley State 52

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Tortilla Tossin’ Player of the Game: Davide Moretti was terrific this game, making 5 of 7 from beyond the three-point line and finishing 6 of 9 from the floor to lead the team with 17 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, and just 1 turnover in 28 minutes.

Defender of the Game: We’re going to give it to Malik Ondigo, who played in just 11 minutes, but he had 5 rebounds, 8 points, and 2 charges on the night. Ondigo is going to be a lot of funa nd I think eventually, he’ll be a swing forward and not a back-to-the-basket sort of player. He’s got a lot of athleticism and he seems comfortable guarding the perimeter.

Multi-Purpose Player of the Game: Matt Mooney gets this from me again, finishing with 8 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and just 2 turnovers on the night. He plays so much in control and when he does turn the ball over you’re sort of shocked.

Game Notes:

  • I’m still feeling this team out and am not sure exactly what we have. I think that collectively, the defense is going to be just fine, they have a couple of stand-out defenders, but I think they communicate really well and the defense is going to be a collective thing.
  • I think that Beard is still figuring out what he has as well and it’s fun seeing some different lineups. At one point, Beard ran out Culver, Francis, Corprew, Ondigo and Owens (I think, it could have been Odiase and not Ondigo, but it was definitely another big). No traditional smaller guard to bring up the ball and really just a bunch of big athletic guys.
  • I wanted Texas Tech to get to the free throw line, which they did, 21 free throws, but they only made 12 of them for 57%. That will need to be better.
  • I really like Deshawn Corprew’s game. He’s opportunistic and hits the boards, can play on the permimeter or down low, has a nice mid-range game and can hit the three-point shot. Corprew made 5 of 9, grabbed 8 boards, 3 of them offensive and definitely contributed.
  • We haven’t even mentioned the best player on the team in Jarrett Culver, who finished with 12 points, but took 14 shots and only made of of them. Struggled offensively for sure, not his best game. Just didn’t seem in rhythm. He did add 4 boards, 4 assists and just 1 turnover. So not a great shooting night, but he filled up the stat sheet.
  • Tariq Owens is such a different player to what we’re used to, he is so skinny it’s awesome. He doubled his minutes from the first game and stayed out of foul trouble, only 1, and finished with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, a block and a turnover. After seeing a bit more of his mid-range game, I think Beard envisions Owens being a Zach Smith clone.
  • Kyler Edwards was a bit wild offensively. If you would have asked me how many shots he missed, I would have said he missed 5 or 6, but he was 4 of 5 from the field and had 9 point. There are times where he’s a bit out of control. Control
  • Brandone Francis didn’t have a great game, missing all 4 shots. Just wasn’t his night.
  • Texas Tech dominated the boards, 49 to 25 with 19 offensive rebounds to just 7 for MVSU. Additionally, Texas Tech had 38 points in the paint compared to just 12 for the Delta Devils, 17 second chance points compared to 4, and dominated from the get go.


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