Post-Game Thoughts: Texas Tech 103, Houston Baptist 74

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  • I didn’t watch the game, so take everything I write with a grain of salt. My internet isn’t all that great where I stay and it would have been between myself and Fitsum to watch something online (Youssouf was at soccer practice) and there was no way I was going to ask him not to watch The Amazing World of Gumball and/or Gravity Falls. I’ll let you all fill in the gaps with anything that I missed that you saw while you watched.
  • Two guys shot lights out, Jahmi’us Ramsey and TJ Holyfield were terrific offensively, Ramsey scored 25 points, was 10 of 13 from the floor, including 3 of 3 from the three-point line, with 5 rebounds, 2 assists a block, 2 steals, and 2 turnovers. That’s a pretty full line. Holyfield was equally terrific, scoring 21, going 9 of 10 from the floor, 1 of 2 from the three-point line, 2 rebounds, 2 blocks, 2 steals, and 3 turnovers.
  • Houston Baptist was a bad defensive team coming into this game and that proved to be true again. Texas Tech would shoot 60% from the floor and it’s funny to think that Texas Tech was only 7% points of where they shot free throws at 67%. Texas Tech would score 1.226 points per possession, which is kind of insane, and Texas Tech made 21 of 27 layups. Houston Baptist was also very good offensively on their own as well, scoring 74 points, but this obviously became a game where Texas Tech was just so much better offensively than HBU.
  • Kyler Edwards had a very good game, scoring 13 on 4 of 8, 3 of 6 from the three-point line, 7 rebounds, 5 assists . . . and 5 turnovers. So somewhat of a net negative with so many turnovers.
  • Chris Clarke almost had a double-double, but not with points being one of the factors. Clarke had 8 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals, 4 points, and 2 turnovers. This is going to be a terrific passing team and Clarke is going to maybe lead the way.
  • Davide Moretti is one of the more efficient scorers in the nation, maybe based off of points per shot. Moretti scored in double-figures again, 4 of 8 and a surprising0-3 from the 3-point line, with 5 rebounds, 6 assists, a steal, and a turnover.
  • Statistically, Clarence Nadolny had his best game, going 4 of 6 from the field, with 4 rebounds, an assist, and 2 turnovers.
  • Texas Tech out-rebounded HBU 48 to 28, which is somewhat crazy to out-rebound an opponent by 20 boards.
  • From a minutes perspective, the 5 starters generally receive the most minutes, all 22+ except for Holyfield who only played 20 and Shannon who also played 20. Kevin McCullar played 21 as did Clark with Avery Benson playing 15, Nadolny going 14, and Tchewa 13. I think that long-term, McCullar is going to be very Clarke-like in that he’s a bigger guard that can handle the ball, switch defensively on almost anyone, and does other things relatively well. Again, he’s probably rusty having not played serious basketball in over a year, but I think Beard likes him as well.
  • 22 turnovers is probably too many turnovers.



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