Post Game Thoughts: Texas Tech 84, TCU 65

Pretty good little win.

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Tortilla Tossin’ Player of the Game: I don’t even know how to choose here, but I’ll go with Matt Mooney, 18 points, on 7 of 12 from the field, 1 rebound, 5 assists, and 1 turnover.

Defender of the Game: I should probably go with Davide Moretti or Mooney for holding TCU’s Robinson to 1 assist and 2 turnovers, but I’ll go with Owens who had a terrific game, affecting shots (and a couple of goal-tending calls), 17 points on 7 of 9 including 2 of 2 from the three-point line, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and 1 turnover.

Multi-Purpose Player of the Game: Jarrett Culver didn’t hit 1 of his 6 three-point shots, but he still finished with 18 points on 7 of 17 from the field, with 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 turnover, and 1 steal. The 7 boards were a team-high.

Game Notes:

  • Where in the heck was that offensive flow the last 3 weeks or so? The offense that we saw last night was more definitive and more purposeful and not so much dribbling. There were 20 assists and 7 turnovers last night and the offense just looked better. Hitting open players for open shots and not trying to over-swing the ball to the open player was much more pleasant to watch. It also makes a difference where the ancillary players (i.e. players other than Culver) were hitting shots at a very high rate. And to demonstrate how much these players were hitting shots if you take out Culver’s 7 of 17, the team hit 59% of their shots, so when the players other than Culver start hitting 60% of their shots, then yeah, things are going to go well.
  • What really broke TCU’s back in the first half was going 7 of 16 from the three-point line (44%) and TCU’s inability to hit any shots in any way shape or form, TCU going 8 of 21 from the field (38%) and 2 of 10 from the three-point line (20%).
  • The Texas Tech defense was really special for the first half. The help defense when TCU would drive was absolutely stymied by any handful of help defenders at the rim and TCU just didn’t get a ton of shots off at the rim in that first half, which was terrific.
  • Texas Tech feasted off of TCU’s turnovers, 23 points to TCU’s 13 turnovers, which means that Texas Tech pretty much scored a bucket on almost every one TCU’s turnovers, which is pretty special. Additionally, maybe TCU’s depth affected the Horned Frogs as they only had 10 bench points and Texas Tech had 16, 14 of which were in the first half.
  • Davide Moretti was really good last night, 11 points on 4 of 7, including 3 of 4 from the three-point line, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 steal, 0 turnovers. The 7 assists are eye-popping to a point and his back-to-back three-point buckets in the second half were huge in maintaining the lead.
  • The Culver to Owens alley-oop, the Owens block, and Moretti to Culver alley-oop sequence was absolutely fun, but by that time the game was over and that was just embarrassing for TCU.

  • Before the game, TCU threw some shade at Texas Tech and Lubbock and the official Texas Tech basketball account took note. It is amazing that people in towns other than folks in the Davis Mountains make a deal out of it being flat in Lubbock because Texas, generally speaking, is pretty flat.

  • Head coach Chris Beard on the win:

    “I’m happy for our players, we beat a really good team tonight, an NCAA tournament team and a team that is a big part of the fight this year in the Big 12. Want to recognize the crowd too, they were great you know home court advantage. Starts with the students, season ticket holders we are very appreciative and we don’t take it for granted. Again proud of our players tonight, I thought we played one of our better games tonight.”

  • Texas Tech goes to Lawrence on Saturday, tip is at 3:00 p.m. Let’s go.



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