Tortilla Tossin’ Player of the Game: Going with Kevin Obanor, who scored 16 points on 4 of 11, including 3 of 5 from three, plus 10 rebounds, a steal, 2 blocked shots, and 2 turnovers.
Multi-Purpose Player of the Game: Arms gets this again for me, but I don’t know that there’s a clear-cut player here. Arms scored just 7 points, but also grabbed 6 boards, had 3 assists, a steal, and just 2 turnovers on the day.
- Just a terrible game to watch, absolutely no flow offensively and to go on such a long stretch without scoring was painful. Maybe the thing that frustrated me the most was the final 20 or so seconds, where Texas Tech had multiple opportunities to create a good shot, plus what seemed like 2 or 3 timeouts, and it was the shot that we were all knew what it was going to be, which is a Shannon heave from deep without much opportunity to go in. I don’t know what Adams had planned, or if that was it, but in close games there is certainly a disconnect between what seems like a good shot.
- In late game situations, there isn’t much of a plan, and maybe that’s the result of the roster than it is the players themselves. There is really only one or two players that can create his own shot from outside, Shannon and probably Arms. It would have been nice to have a cleaner look.
- Part of the ugliness of this game was the refs refusal to call anything inside. Both teams definitely took the ball inside and I think that if this game was called with a different set of refs, there’s at least 20 foul shots on each side.
- Statistically, Texas Tech shot 35% for the game, including 33% from three, while Oklahoma State shot 33% from the floor and 22% from three. OSU won this game because of the 16 offensive rebounds and forcing 15 turnovers, all of which seemed regrettable.
- Texas Tech usually dominates inside, but lost points in the paint yesterday, 28-22. Oklahoma State has an incredible shot-blocker and Texas Tech really hasn’t played anyone like Cisse this year and that was a problem for Texas Tech scoring inside.
- I think this team is best suited when they are ahead and truly clamp down on opponents. They definitely struggle in late-game scenarios because they don’t have a true shooter on the roster other than Obanor, but he can’t really create his own shot. I’d trust him more than anyone else taking the last shot though. Figure out those last minute scenarios and how to get a clean shot for the next week. I think it is possible and I think there are guys, maybe even add Warren to Shannon and Arms, who can create his own shot.
- Also let’s get McCullar healthy because his presence is needed.
- I can be disappointed in a loss and not disappointed in the season. That’s okay.
- Advanced stats box score? Obanor, Shannon, Williams, and Arms were the best players yesterday. Pretty much everyone other than Agbo was in the negative, with Obanor being the highest rated.
- Up next? Iowa State, on March 10th as part of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championships at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Game tips at 8:30 p.m. and you can view on ESPN2.