Post-Game Thoughts: Texas Tech 78, Oklahoma State 57

A win at home.

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Tortilla Tossin’ Player of the Game: Who do you pick for a game like this? I’m down between Kevin Obanor, who scored 17 points on 6 of 8 shots (missed 3 of 5 free throws), no rebounds, 2 steals, and 1 turnover. Or Marcus Santos-Silva scored 10 points, had 10 rebounds, with an assist and a turnover. A double-double is more impressive I think, so I’ll go with MSS here.

Multi-Purpose Player of the Game: Davion Warren was 5 of 9 from the floor, with 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, a steal, a block, and a turnover. All 12 were scored in the 2nd half.

Game Notes:

  • A very nice and very expected win. Any time you win by 20 in the Big 12, I don’t know if that’s really expected and I’m definitely not taking a win like this for granted. Oklahoma State is good defensively, but they struggle to score on offense and that’s the difference for me.
  • We’ve talked about what type of team Texas Tech is and they again out-scored Oklahoma State 30 to 20 in the paint, despite OSU having a huge size advantage, and Texas Tech scored 20 points off of turnovers compared to 10 for the Cowboys. OSU made just 32% of their shots and 28% of their three-point shots. That’s just not going to cut it.
  • Texas Tech started quickly, then faded a bit, and then they just sort of kept the pedal on the gas for the most part. As a team, they made 8 of 14 3-point shots, but then went 1 of 9 in the 2nd half. That normally sort of spells doom for a team, but pounding the ball inside makes it easier. Not only that, but as a team they made 9 of 12 free throws compared to 4 of 7 in the 1st half.
  • Sort of getting chippy in the second half with about 2 and a half minutes. Clarence Nadolny getting tied up with 2 Oklahoma State defenders then an episode where he’s doing push-ups after getting fouled. He’s definitely an instigator and he’s on your team, but if he were wearing different laundry you might not.
  • No player played more than 29 minutes and that was the injured Kevin McCullar and he did struggle a bit, going 1 of 6 from the floor, 4 assists and no turnovers.
  • Your advanced stats box score says that Mccullar, Obanor, Warren, Santos-Silva, and Wilson were the best players.
  • Texas Tech had 5 players score in double-figures, led by Obanor, but Williams, Warren, Adonis Arms, and Santos-Silva all scored in double-figures. Oklahoma State had just 1 player.
  • Head coach Mark Adams: “I thought our guys played well. I told our guys after this game I am just as proud of this win as I was the other two and I mean that sincerely. This is a tough game. We played against some very good athletes and a team that’s well coached. For us to play the defense we did tonight, even on the offensive end I thought it was a heck of a game for us.”
  • Up next? Traveling to Manhattan to take on Kansas State on Saturday with first tip at 11:00 a.m. on ESPN2. I did appear on a Bring on the Cats podcast if you’d like to listen to that.



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