Losses have been a rare thing for Texas Tech the past three seasons, as it has carved out a niche as a promising program.
Losses at home have been even rarer.
Therefore, it was no wonder there was some frustration following an overtime loss Saturday to Oklahoma State that left the Red Raiders (8-3) 18th at 1-2 in the Conference. Big 12.
Set a key game at the top of the league roster Tuesday when a shaky Kansas State (5-6, 1-2) heads to Lubbock.
Texas Tech came out baffled against Oklahoma State and fell behind by 12 points in the early stages before going 37-28 at halftime. After falling back to take the lead, in a game with seven lead changes in the final five minutes of regulation, the Red Raiders were unable to make a defensive stop when they needed it. A late offensive possession when they had a chance to win was undone and ended with a loss.
” The message to the team was that in the first half we got kicked out because Oklahoma State was the toughest and most aggressive team,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. ” Now you’re playing from behind against a Big 12 team.
” In the second half, I would say, we were so tough and maybe a little more aggressive than them. Then, in the last minutes of the game, the victory will favor the smartest team. The team that makes the fewest mistakes, the team that does what they’re trying to do. “
Red Raider big man Marcus Santos-Silva added: “Three of the four possessions the state of Oklahoma had at the end, we fouled them and took them to the (free throw) line. We have to work on our mistakes. Mental. We can’t do that at the end of the game. We had the game in our hands. “
K-State was not in such an ideal place at the end of its game with TCU on Saturday, but the Wildcats had a chance for a victory in a season in which not much has gone well.
A fumble with less than 40 seconds to go on a pass from Mike McGuirl to David Bradford allowed Horned Frogs to slip away with a 67-60 victory.
The missed opportunity ended with K-State’s attempt to end a comeback from an 18-point deficit in the first half.
” We didn’t do enough to win the game,” Wildcat point guard DaJuan Gordon said. “If we had done more in the second half, if we had been tougher in the second half, we would have done it.”
Now, K-State has to come up with a method to compete against a Red Raiders team that seems driven by desperation, and it’s not a great showdown for the Wildcats.
Although Oklahoma State was more successful offensively than Texas Tech’s two previous Big 12 enemies, the Red Raiders remain one of the best defensive teams in the country. They rank first in the league in scoring defense (56.3 points allowed per game) and field goal defense (37.4 percent).
By contrast, the Wildcats are the worst offensive team of the Big 12, averaging 65.9 points, the league’s lowest and also rank last in shooting from 3-point territory (31.2 percent). Despite having made more attempts from outside the arc than any other team in the Big 12. .
McGuirl’s 12.5 points per game lead K-State, but he’s the only Wildcat in the league’s top 20 in scoring. Gordon has improved his game in three big 12 games with 13.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
Mac McClung and Terrence Shannon continue to set the pace for Texas Tech with 15.0 and 13.0 points per game, respectively. McClung delivered one of his best games of the season in Saturday’s loss with 21 points, but missed three shots in the second half, part of a 25-of-35 team performance from the dash.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.