Tortilla Tossin’ Player of the Game: Without question it was Jarrett Culver, who was fantastic shooting the ball, 8 of 12, and had 21 points on 8 of 12, 4 boards, 4 assists and just 1 turnover for the night.
Defender of the Game: Your big man Norense Odiase had 13 boards, a career high I think, and he finished with 6 points, not missing a shot from the field, but he did turn the ball over.
Multi-Purpose Player of the Game: I’ll go with Culver here as well because I didn’t really like anyone else’s game. Culver was a one-man show for this game.
- Not the sharpest game for sure. Texas Tech only scored 59 points, which doesn’t seem like enough for a SLU team that played Nebraska on Sunday on the road and was absolutely blown out, like by 50 points or something ridiculous. So SLU was a team that was ripe to being blown out again and that didn’t happen. The first half, it looked like Texas Tech would run away with the game, but SLU kept with it, started making some shots, hung around and made it closer than what it should have been. Texas Tech’s largest lead was 24 points and you sort of think that Texas Tech could have done more, but the truth of the matter is that the expectations have risen and a 19 point win isn’t as impressive as it used to be.
- Of the starts, neither Mooney nor Moretti was hitting from the outside. Matt Mooney was off, making only 3 of 10 from the field and going 0 for 3 beyond the arc. Davide Moretti after having a good game previously didn’t shoot well at all, making only 2 of 8 and was 0 for 4 from the three-point line.
- Mooney had a particularly rough day, as he also had 3 turnovers, so he was characteristically off from the field and then turned the ball over 3 times and he just had a rough game. And with him being the best shooter on the team, you’d think he’d nail free throws, but he was 1-4, which was odd to see him miss and the announcers had said that he hadn’t made any free throws yet. Just a weird game, but he did have 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and so you like him filling up the stat sheet with other good stats.
- Texas Tech held SLU to 26% from the field and that’s what helped out a ton, and also held SLU to 17% from the three-point line. The defense is definitely doing well, but SLU isn’t a good offensive team.
- A positive was Norense Odiase, who had 13 boards in just 22 minutes and scored 6 points on 3 of 3. Pretty impressive work and he was a monster on the boards in the first half, scooping up everything in sight.
- The bench wasn’t great, they weren’t necessarily impactful, which is the first time this year that has happened. Kyler Edwards was okay, but he just scored 3 points. Brandone Francis got a bit more on track and had 5 points, but nothing special. Deshawn Corprew had 6 points, all in the firt half, but that was about it.
- Again, not a great effort, a good effort. The bar has been raised and a 19 point win is slightly disappointing and that’s a pretty cool thing. Up next is USC in Kansas City on Monday so a real-deal game against a quality opponent.