Tortilla Tossin’ Player of the Game: Bryson Williams, the only player to score in double-figures, 20 points on 9 of 15 from the floor, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, and just 1 turnover.
Multi-Purpose Player of the Game: Not sure who this goes to. Normally, I’d give it to Kevin McCullar, but he had 5 turnovers to go along with his 6 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. Adonis Arms had just 2 points, but led the team with 7 rebounds, had 1 steal and 3 turnovers.
- I didn’t get to watch this game and I won’t have time to watch this game today, so this is just based off of the box score.
- It’s clear that the shooting legs of the team just completely left them in the second half and that’s not totally unexpected. So many games in this few of days, not even NBA teams tackle this sort of schedule, so to ask. Since January 5th and culminating on Tuesday, January 18th, this team will have played 6 games, in just 14 days, which you can tell is about a game every 2 and a third days. After hosting Iowa State on Tuesday, Texas Tech will not play again until Saturday when they host West Virginia. And all of this isn’t to take away credit from Kansas State. They play great defense so that’s part of the equation too.
- Texas Tech made 39% of their 2-point buckets and just 23% of their 3-point shots and that’s just not going to do it. It’s not as if Kansas State had that much better shooting numbers, 43%, but that’s enough to make a difference, and K-State had 55 attempts compared to just 48 for Texas Tech. The problem? Turnovers, 18 for Texas Tech and just 6 offensive boards, so no second chance looks and throwing away possessions will bite you in the rear.
- You also just had guys not perform, Terrence Shannon, Jr. returned from injury and played 18 minutes, scored 2 points, had 0 rebounds, and 2 turnovers. I’m not picking on him, but that’s not productive. You could go down the line of guys that played, but just had an awful turnover night, like McCullar, Arms, or Nadolny. Another example? Obanor scored 6 points, missed all 3 3-point shots, had 2 rebounds, a blocked shot, and 2 turnovers in 21 minutes. Santos-Silva had 2 rebounds in 14 minutes. That’s it.
- Head coach Mark Adams: “We just needed to play and coach better. I thought we made some poor decisions late and had to play small ball. It really starts with how good K-State is. They have some excellent shooters and they played well. They are going to win a lot of home games and we were hoping that we could sneak out with a win. It just didn’t happen.”
- Up next? Iowa State in Lubbock on Tuesday, January 18th with tip-off set for 8:00 pm, the game will be televised on ESPNU.