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Texas Tech is in the Final Four | 23 Personnel Podcast – 086

INTRO

  • “Texas Tech is in the Final Four”

BASKETBALL

  • “No Middle” defense
    • Averaging 7.4 steals pg (#54 nationally); 15.7 turnovers forced pg (#22); Tariq Owens 88 blocks
    • Tech opponents averaging 57 pts; 37.4% FG; 23.4% 3PT
    • Switch on everything, no weak link in defense; switched less on Gonzaga in second half as part of adjustment
    • Weakest part of TTU defense is rebounding, rank #131 (MSU is #6)
  • 3 point shooting
    • Texas Tech is 17-0 when making at least 7 3-pointers
    • Tech has 6 players who made at least 20 3-pointers this season; four are shooting 38% or better (Davide Moretti 46.3%; Kyler Edwards 43.8%; Deshawn Corprew 40.8%; Matt Mooney 38.1%)
    • Tech averages 7.2 make 3-pointers on 19.6 attempts pg, ranks #67 nationally in 3PT%
      • Tech fell below that in games vs NKU, Buffalo, and Michigan
  • Sweet Sixteen Wrap; defeated Michigan 63-44
    • https://texastech.com/boxscore.aspx?id=14439&path=mbball
    • We went into this game worried about Michigan’s defense and Moretti’s inaccuracy beyond the arch (0-7 from 3pt in first two games)
    • Moretti ended up with 15 points on 5-7 shooting (3-4 3PT) 2-2 FT
    • Initially felt that rebounds would tell the story. Michigan still outgained TTU 35-31 on the glass.
    • TTU was up 8-6 after 11 min – 14 total points. This. Is. March.
    • TTU allowed 16 points in the first half while scoring 24
  • Elite Eight Wrap; defeated 1 seed Gonzaga 75-69 on Saturday
    • https://texastech.com/boxscore.aspx?id=14452&path=mbball
    • Tech outscored Zags 40-32 in second half
    • Culver 19 pts; Mooney 17 pts; Moretti 12 pts
    • First time in the tournament this year to allow 60 or more points; to no. 1 offensive efficiency ranked team
    • 19 points below Gonzaga season scoring average
  • Final Four
    • Tech’s path to the Final Four; eliminated BPI teams 2, 8, & 22
    • MSU eliminated 3, 24, 53 (best win was 1 point)
    • Virginia (9, 29, 34; best win in OT); Auburn (7, 5, 18)
  • Matchup with Michigan State, Sat. 4/6, 7:49 p.m., US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis; defeated 1 seed Duke 68-67 on Sunday
    • Guard Cassius Winston averaging 19 ppg in tournament
    • ESPN Jeff Borzello “How the Final Four Teams Were Built (ESPN Top 100 Recruits)” Michigan State: 7, Texas Tech: 0
    • Detroit News James Hawkins “Texas Tech’s Chris Beard admires Tom Izzo and Michigan State, won’t let them be cowed by Spartans”
      • Beard’s admiration of Izzo
      • MSU terminology “Michigan State toughness” “Tom Izzo rebounding”
      • Beard: “The last two years, when we get to March, no matter who’s in front of us, we’ve played against a team just as good in the Big 12. So as  as Michigan State is – and believe me, they’re really, really good, obviously – we have played teams this year, Kansas State and Iowa State, we have played Duke in non conference. So for us, it’s another great game.”
    • BPI 39.3%; FiveThirtyEight 46%; Haslametrics 66.3 – 65.8; Las Vegas MSU -155 (Tech +135), -3 (implied odds MSU 60.8 – 42.6 TTU)
  • Texas Monthly Dan Solomon “A Handy Guide to Hopping on the Texas Tech Basketball Bandwagon”
  • Brian Hamilton (@_Brian_Hamilton) has had excellent articles on The Athletic profiling Mooney, Moretti, Culver (today), and chronicling how TTU made it to Minneapolis

FOOTBALL

  • DeMarcus Fields has returned to the team and is practicing (suspended with Da’Leon Ward, Joseph Wallace, Corey Fulcher)
  • There was a scrimmage in Lubbock on Saturday, apparently
  • Midland Scrimmage this Friday (April 5th) – 7pm – Grande Communications Stadium
  • Spring Game Sat (April 13th) – 2pm – The Star in Frisco

BASEBALL

  • 19-7 (3-3); def. UNM 15-6
  • Went 2-1 in Manhattan
  • Playing at New Mexico tonight (7pm) and tomorrow (2pm)
  • Back at home against KU this weekend (Texas Tech TV only)

QUESTIONS

https://twitter.com/LSRR07/status/1113134262113521666

GOIN YARD

WHAT WE LEARNED

Someone made a Spotify playlist of Coach Beard’s Fireside Chat recommendations (thank you, Tyler): https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0ZGvcIKRDpQrRLjWvKLpYR?si=3p66KYZ-RWqNT9XhurK-yQ

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