Tortilla Tossin’ Player of the Game
Ed. Note: Before we get too far into these post-game thoughts, I did not have time to watch yesterday’s game. Three soccer games and dinner out with extended family plus other things and I simply didn’t have enough time to work in the basketball game. And even though I’m up at 4:30 a.m., I won’t have time to watch it today. Your comments will fill in any gaps.
Based off of stats, let’s go with Kevin McCullar, who scored 15 points on 6 of 8 from the floor with 5 rebounds, an assist, a block, 3 steals, and a turnover. That’s a really solid day, and if memory serves me, his highest scoring game to date.
- It appears that the biggest difference between the two teams was the free throw line disparity. Oklahoma State had 38 free throw attempts, and made 31, which is good for 82%, while Texas Tech is normally making 75% of their free throws, only made 12 of 20 good for 60%. OSU only shot 11 free throws in the first half, but had an astounding 27 in the second, that’s borderline insane.
- Texas Tech shot better in just about every respect, making 47%, while holding OSU to 41%, and they didn’t necessarily score a ton from the three-point line, only making 4 of 10 for the evening, while Texas Tech was 10 of 23 for 43.5%.
- Just looking at the minutes, it was a weird disparity, Moretti, Ramsey, and Edwards all had 35+ minutes, while Holyfield (14), Shannon (17), and Clarke (13) all worked in sub-20 minute games. Clarke had 4 turnovers and I don’t know if this has been a situation where Clarke is demanding the ball a bit too much, but he has in past games, and I tend to think the offense, from a movement standpoint, tends to die a bit when Clarke is in the game. He’s such a unique player, sometimes I want him to just be in the flow of it, and not necessarily trying to direct it.
- Oklahoma State had 19 points off of 15 turnovers, compared to just 10 points off of turnovers for Texas Tech.
- This was also not a heavy-rebounding game, but Oklahoma State did crash the boards, with 15 overall and had 12 second chance points compared to just 3 for Texas Tech. Texas Tech had offensive rebounds, but just couldn’t do anything with them.
- I’m also guessing that if Jahmi’us Ramsey has a decent shooting night, then maybe this is a different game. Ramsey was 5 of 15 from the floor and he’ll have one of those nights. He had 4 assists, which is a high number for him, but he also had 4 turnovers.
- Head coach Chris Beard loves Eddie Sutton. Sutton ranks 11th all-time with 806 all-time wins and is still not in the Basketball Hall of Fame. Of course Sean Sutton is on staff for Texas Tech and before the game, Texas Tech wore these shirts.
— Cowboy Basketball (@OSUMBB) February 15, 2020
- Here’s what Beard had to say about Sutton after the game:
“It’s one small way we can show respect to one of the best coaches that’s ever coached our game. There’s a lot more important things than a basketball game. One thing that’s important is that the forefathers, the ambassadors of our game, the best people that have ever coached our game should be in the hall of fame. I’m not on that panel and I really don’t have much of a voice, but you asked the question and I’ll proudly answer it: I think it’s one of the worst things about our game. It’s just wrong that Coach Eddie Sutton is not in the basketball hall of fame. He’s won everywhere he’s been, he’s a gentleman, he’s a coach’s coach, his players have gone on to graduate and be productive people. Simply stated, he’s one of the classiest guys I’ve ever known and he’s a damn good basketball coach. There’s nobody in the hall of fame more deserving than Coach Sutton. Today, for our team to show some respect, I’m glad that we did that.”
- Up next is Kansas State in Lubbock on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.