Tortilla Tossin’ Player of the Game: Davion Warren has definitely struggled the last few games, but not last night. Warren scored 16 on 7 of 9 from the floor, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and 2 turnovers.
Multi-Purpose Player of the Game: Adonis Arms is improving his point guard play (which will improve his ability to play professional basketball) where he scored 9 points on 4 of 6 from the floor, grabbed 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, and just 2 turnovers.
- Ever wondered what would happen when Mark Adams circles a game to win? That happened. Texas Tech absolutely demolished the Sooners, OU keeping things relatively close in the first half, but Texas Tech poured it on in the second half. Behind a weave drive-and-dribble offense that had OU guessing and a defense that absolutely suffocated the Sooners. And the defense was good, but the defense was pretty much the same in both halves. What changed was the offense, which shot 46% in the first half, but then shot 70% in the second half, making 16 of 23 from the floor. Not missing shots is a game-changer.
- It was not a surprise that Adams wanted to focus on Gibson and he went 2 for 9 and 1 of 6 from deep for 5 total points. There was no way that Gibson was going to go for 30+ again.
- I don’t recall a team having just 17 rebounds for a game. That’s just sort of insane. Texas Tech wound up with 31 rebounds and Oklahoma had just 1 offensive rebound. One.
- Oklahoma settled for jump shots the entire game. That’s great for Texas Tech, but they shot 2 free throws the entire game and so they absolutely just settled to not take that path to the basket. Points in the paint are indicative as well, 16 points for the Sooners and 34 for Texas Tech.
- Bryson Williams scored 2,000 points for his career and he was a rock inside, scoring 6 of 9 from the floor, all of his misses were from deep, grabbed just 1 rebound, had 2 steals, an assist, and 2 turnovers. A lot is made about Texas Tech not having a guy that is “the guy” and it is almost always Williams. He may not lead your team in scoring, but his inside presence is a huge part of this team’s success.
- I thought Marcus Santos-Silva had a fantastic game and he was feeling it, 4 of 6 from the floor, 9 points, 6 rebounds (which led the team), and 2 blocks.
- Kevin McCullar returned to a standing ovation and just a shade under 15 minutes. He missed both shots and had 2 assists along with 2 boards in limited minutes.
- Advanced stats box score? Warren, Williams, Arms, Santos-Silva, Wilson, and Allen were all positive players last night.
- Head coach Mark Adams: “It says a lot about our defense and not giving up too much of a point advantage. It also tells us we need to be more disciplined in the offense and share the ball. Our guys started moving the ball and making easy passes and good things happen when they do that.”
- Up next? Texas Tech travels to Ft. Worth to take on TCU this Saturday, February 26th with tip-off at 5:00 p.m. and the game to be broadcast on ESPN2.