Tortilla Tossin’ Player of the Game: Kyler Edwards . . . c’mon down. Edwards had a spectacular game and it was one of those games where whatever Edwards shot wasn’t touching any part of the rim, it was just going in. Edwards was 7 of 7, including 4 of 4 from the three-point line, Edwards also had 1 rebound, 3 assists, a block, a steal and 1 turnover.
Defender of the Game: Kind of a weird game in that I can’t think of a defender that did great, but Texas Tech held a team that was pretty good at making buckets to 36% from the floor and 20% from the three-point line. I’ll give it to Deshawn Corprew and Brandone Francis. Both played some pretty good perimeter defense on guys who could shoot.
Multi-Purpose Player of the Game: Jarrett Culver was so smooth yet again, 7 of 10 from the floor including 2 of 3 from the three-point line, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 turnover and 1 steal.
- Moretti and Mooney had weird games. They both scored 7 points, they had 1 assist between the two of them (Mooney had it). Mooney had some really questionable fouls called on him and that seemed to get him out of his rhythm. He didn’t seem like his normal self. A foul called on a three-point shot where the offensive player jumped into him and another phantom call on a shooting foul was really weird. Mooney finished with 7 point, 5 boards, an assist, 2 steals and 2 turnovers. Moretti was really quiet this game as well, just didn’t make a big impact, 7 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal, no assists and no turnovers.
- The stars of the show were Edwards, Corprew and Francis. As a bench, they scored 43 points between the 3 of them and they made 18 of 21 of their shots including 6 of 6 from the three-point line. Corprew was 6 of 7, 4 rebounds, a block, a steal and a turnover for the game. Francis was 5 of 7, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and no turnovers for the day. Francis was somewhat slumping, but he looked really confident this game.
- Tariq Owens also couldn’t get going, was 1 of 6 from the floor, had just 2 rebounds and a couple of blocks, but just didn’t do very much.
- Offensively speaking, Texas Tech just made their shots for the game. They made 59% in the first half and 62% in the second half and made 62.5% of their three-point shots for the game (5 of 8 in both halves). The other weird note is that they only had 1 free throw attempt (it was missed) in the fist half, and then shot 11 free throws, making 9, in the second half. Add free throws to a hot-shooting team and that spells a blowout.
- Texas Tech only had 6 turnovers for the day and forced 16 for Northern Colorado. Add that to the perimeter defense and UNC’s best offense was dominating the offensive boards where they grabbed 15. Texas Tech didn’t really roll with their post players for this game, Owens and Norense Odiase only played 14 and 15 minutes, deciding that a smaller lineup was more effective against a UNC team that liked to shoot from multiple positions.
- Bench points was in favor of Texas Tech, 51 to 3. That’s pretty impressive.
- Head coach Chris Beard:
“We’re a team of depth. We’ve got a nine or 10 man rotation right now and we also got some players that aren’t in the rotation right now that will be some really good players at some point. You know I would like to recognize those players at the end of the game. So speaking of the five guys at the end of the game did a great job. Those guys are a big part of our team and practice hard every day. We have a lot of confidence in those five guys. We want to have balance. We have a lot of players on our roster that we have a lot of confidence in. We can’t win in the Big 12 by only having one or two good players. You have to have a team of players that can play a role and get it done any given night.”
— Tim Siegel (@TimSiegelTTU) November 25, 2018