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Post-Game Thoughts: Texas Tech 87, Iowa State 57

It’s a win on the road!

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Tortilla Tossin’ Player of the Game

That was Jahmi’us Ramsey’s best game and it’s not even close. His scoring was varied, i.e. not just three-pointers, going to the lane, finishing, driving to the basket, being opportunistic, etc. And then this is the game where his passing was absolutely on point, 7 assists on the night has got to be a career high (I’m too lazy to look it up), with just 1 turnover, and he absolutely shined. I forgot to mention that Ramsey scored 25 points on 11 of 22 from the floor, including 2 of 5 from the three-point line. Ramsey showed out lat night.

The Motion

  • Iowa State looked like a team that was completely disinterested in playing defense, except for maybe the first 5 minutes of the game. They were into things at that time, but they lost interest and the Texas Tech offense looked like a well-oiled machine. The offense scored 1.318 points per possession, scored on 60% of their possessions, just went ahead and shot 57% for the entire game. That’s stupid. Ridiculous. Of course it helps when you make 17 of 20 layups, score 46 of your 87 points in the paint, and only turn the ball over 12 times.
  • No offense to Terrence Shannon, but this is a better team with Kevin McCullar playing and starting. McCullar finished with just 6 points, but he also grabbed 11 boards, 1 block, 1 steal, and 1 turnover on the evening. McCullar is willing to scrap and get dirty and that’s just not Shannon’s game. McCullar looks absolutely comfortable playing inside and Texas Tech has sort of needed that inside presence. Not only that, but McCullar’s defense is just stellar. I’ve loved the way that McCullar played since the moment I saw him, he just had to cut down on turnovers and he’s absolutely done that. If McCullar develops a mid-range and outside shot (which he will do during the offseason, I’m sure about that). Look out.
  • So we need to talk about Chris Clarke. Clarke was dressed and ready to play it appeared. After the game, head coach Chris Beard said this about Clarke, via Avalanche-Journal’s Carlos Silva, Jr. on Twitter:

    “It was a coach’s decision. So, the guys that played in the game today played great.”
    Is he injured: “No.”
    He’s practiced: “Yes.”

  • Kyler Edwards was pretty terrific yesterday do, in such control for the entire game, and really never rushed, Edwards scored 19 points on 7 of 10 from teh floor, which is ridiculously efficient, with 5 boards, 4 assists, a steal and 3 turnovers. If Edwards makes 7 of 10, I’m fine with the 3 turnovers, which he normally does not do.
  • How about TJ Holyfield with 4 blocks? There were a couple that had this game been in Lubbock, the crowd would have been off their feet.
  • I tweeted out a few weeks ago that Andrei Savrasov’s shot is as pure as the driven snow and that wasn’t a joke. He’s got a terrific stroke and he’s not afraid to shoot from deep. A 6’7″ power forward who can rebound and stretch the floor? Yes, I’d really like to see sophomore version of Savrasov.
  • This was Iowa State’s worst loss in Big 12 play ever (I think). Texas Tech just put it to Iowa State in the worst way. I don’t know if this says more about Iowa State or Texas Tech, but Texas Tech absolutely boat-raced Iowa State on their home court.
  • Head coach Chris Beard, via Avalanche-Journal’s Carlos Silva, Jr.:

    “We wanted to be an aggressive team today,” Beard said. “It’s a challenge to do that on the road. Everything’s set up for you not be aggressive, but to win in February and March and eventually April, you have to be aggressive.

    “I thought tonight we did a great job not settling. Off the top of my head, without watching the video yet, I would say we only took three or four of what we call bad shots.”

  • Up next is Oklahoma in Norman on Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.

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