Tortilla Tossin’ Player of the Game: Who is going to stop me from naming Adonis Arms here? No one. No one at all. Arms was fantastic and a great replacement for Shannon yesterday, making 5 of 8 shots including just one for deep, scoring 12 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, an assist, and he did have 4 turnovers (that’s a real problem with Arms).
Multi-Purpose Player of the Game: Going to go with Kevin Obanor this game, who filled up the box score. 11 points, 7 rebounds (which led the team), 4 assists, a steal, and no turnovers for the game. Obanor also went 2 of 3 from deep and scoring 11 points on just 5 shots is great.
- I very much liked the ball movement. It was better and the stats prove that out. Texas Tech had 17 assists and 29 made buckets and that right there is a net-positive. The defense also got better with age in this game. Texas Tech held the Eagles to 33% shooting in the first half overall, 29% from the three-point line and then in the second half, the defense allowed 21% shooting and 17% from the three-point line. I think the trend has been reversed this year and it was nice to see that not be the case against Eastern Washington.
- There was a series of events in the second half where Davion Warren is fouled bringing up the ball and is upset that maybe the foul isn’t called sooner? Not sure, but he seemed indignant that he was fouled. Then as Texas Tech brings down the ball, Obanor is found for an open three, but that’s called off because Warren is just pushing a defender down underneath the basket away from the ball. I think Warren then maybe had another defensive foul, so it was basically lots of bad and Warren lost his cool. Those won’t show as turnovers, but it’s not good basketball.
- Arms’ biggest issues are trying to make plays so far away from the bucket. If he would try not to make the cross-court pass or feed the post 35 feet from the basket, he’d be an absolute plus player.
- Your best NET players (which is box score +/- on steroids) was Obanor at +8.3, Williams at +4.8 and McCullar at +3.3.
- Before the game I mentioned that EWU would offer little to no resistance inside and that was the case, Texas Tech scored 40 points in the paint and only allowed 4. Texas Tech also had 19 points from 14 EWU turnovers compared to just 11 for 14 Texas Tech.
- Head coach Mark Adams: “I’m very pleased about the way we played. I thought this was one of our best games from start to finish. We had 17 assists, we did a great job on defense, guarded the three-point line and I thought our guys just played together. It was the best team effort.”
- Up next is the lone final non-conference game before conference play starts on New Year’s Day against Oklahoma State. On Tuesday next week on December 28th, Texas Tech will host Alabama State at 1:00 p.m.