Player of the Game: I’ll give this to Keenan Evans, but you could hand this to a handful of guys. Smith led the team in scoring, 16 points on 6 of 10 with 4 of 7 beyond the arc and no free throws, which is really odd for Evans. He also finished with 2 assists and 2 turnovers to go along with 1 steal.
High Flyer of the Game: This.
— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) December 14, 2017
Defender of the Game: Zach Smith gets the nod again. I think part of this is that Kennesaw State just isn’t very good, so it’s hard to tell about who is playing good defense and who isn’t. Zach Smith filled the stat sheet and had 8 points, 6 boards, 1 block and 2 steals. Could have also given this to Odiase who had 8 boards, but 4 of them were offensive!
Multi-Purpose Player of the Game: Let’s go with Odiase, who had 7 points on 3 of 4 from the floor, with 8 rebounds, the aforementioned 4 offensive, 2 assists, a turnover and a steal. Odiase is starting to really round into form.
- This game felt like it was over when it started as Kennesaw State just isn’t very good. This really didn’t even feel like much of a warm-up because the Owls weren’t very good defensively. Texas Tech shot 52% from the floor and 38% from the three-point line. It sorta got close at the end of the first half, but this was a 29 point win.
- The biggest problem was the free throws, where Texas Tech was only 12 of 21 from the free throw line. Odiase only made 1 of 4, Stevenson made 2 of 4 as did Culver.
- Texas Tech out-rebounded the Owls by 22 boards. That’s just ridiculous, to have a 43-21 rebounding advantage and then to have 17 offensive rebounds is crazy. That’s a big reason why it was a 29-point win.
- Tommy Hamilton looks better off the bench in my opinion, he can be sort of an offensive sort of guy and not really worry about the offensive side of things.
- Some guys got some playing time that haven’t seen a ton of burn, Josh Webster got 7 minutes and Malik Ondigo had 5. The most interesting development over the offseason will be how Ondigo develops as a player from freshman to sophomore. He’ll be needed greatly next year to play alongside Odiase.
- Moretti had his worst game of the year, fouling out in 15 minutes, which you just don’t see that much and he didn’t make a bucket. His one assist to Zhaire Smith was /kisses fingers/ beautiful.