Tortilla Tossin’ Player of the Game: Bryson Williams scored 21 points on 8 of 9 from the floor with 3 boards, 2 assists, and 3 turnovers.
Multi-Purpose Player of the Game: I’ll go with Arms, leading the team with nearly 33 minutes of play, 15 points on 5 of 8, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, a block and 4 turnovers.
- This is another one of those games where I did not get to watch it. Youssouf had two basketball games and a soccer game yesterday and we didn’t get home until after 7 last night and I was pretty well drained (add in me having a slight cold to all of this) and I just wasn’t up for watching a loss. Thus, what I write is based off of the box scores and stats. Those of you who did watch can obviously comment here and it’s always appreciated. And in case anyone is wondering Yo had a basketball tournament that was double-elimination, his team won on Monday night and again on Friday night, but lost twice yesterday. In soccer, his U12 team won 7-2 despite being a man short (not enough kids showed up) for the entire game and no subs. They went undefeated.
- The relative good news is that ranked teams 1 through 7 lost yesterday so Texas Tech was part of a trend.
- Twenty turnovers. Twenty. Thirteen were in the second half and that’s how you lose a game you shouldn’t lose on the road.
- Normally, Texas Tech’s points in the pain mean a free throw advantage and that wasn’t the case, 11 for Texas Tech, who made all 11, and 23 for TCU, although they only made 13.
- Texas Tech made 63% of their shots in the first half and that was knocked down to 50% in the second. The big thing was that the outside shots weren’t falling for Texas Tech in that second half, just 1 of 8 compared to 4 of 7 in the first half. TCU also got hot, 55% in the second half and they also shot 18 of their 23 free throws in the second half. That seems excessive.
- Doing a bit more of a further dive into that second half, Obanor was 0-3 (all 3-pointers) with 1 rebound in 15 minutes. That’s not exactly productive. Shannon was 0-1, my guess from post-game comments is that Shannon, despite not taking a shot in the entire half, heaved a three-pointer that did not get close. He also only had 1 rebound, 1 assist, and 2 turnovers. Williams, Warren, and Arms actually played really well and my guess is that if Adams had it to do all over again, he’d maybe figure something else out with distribution of minutes.
- The assist total was 17, 11 in the first half and just 6 in the second half. Add in the 13 second half turnovers and you have a recipe of non-ball movement plus turning the ball over.
- Advanced stats box score? Williams, Arms, Warren, McCullar, and Santos Silva had good days according to the advanced stats with Obanor and Shannon being fairly well into the negative.
- Head coach Mark Adams: “We had a lot of turnovers and breakdowns on the defensive end that we normally don’t have. That was disappointing. Give TCU a lot of credit. They are a tough team that played really hard. They got some momentum and confidence going and we couldn’t get it turned around there at the end.”
- Up next? Kansas State at home on Monday, February 28th, with tip-off at 8:00 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2. This is the last home game of the year with the final game of conference play being Oklahoma State on Friday in Stillwater.