Q: When you dunk, whether in pregame, during a game or in a competition, at what point do you know that you just did something absurd?
A: I think it’s mainly the teammates’ reaction because they do see a lot of what happens every day. If they do give a reaction, you know it was something that maybe they weren’t expecting.
Q: How do you prepare what you’re going to do when you get ready for a dunk contest?
With two seconds left on the shot clock and the game tied at 80, Keenan Evans caught the inbounds pass and put up a prayer a yard inside the halfcourt line.
The basketball banked in off the backboard to give the Red Raiders a three-point edge with 95 seconds to go in overtime.
“No I didn’t (call bank),” Evans said, laughing. I called ‘make.’ ”
From that point on, Texas Tech never trailed again as the Red Raiders defeated No. 14 Iowa State 85-82 in overtime.
NO. 14 IOWA STATE AT TEXAS TECH
8 P.M. WEDNESDAY, ESPNU
Attacking the basket
With Iowa State center Jameel McKay expected to be out for Wednesday’s contest, the Red Raiders are aware of the opportunities that presents.
“They lose a very energetic player and a great shot blocker at the rim,” sophomore forward Zach Smith said.
Earlier this season, McKay finished with 19 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks against Texas Tech in Ames.
Smith: Tech’s Temple will be OK
After leaving Saturday’s game at Texas midway through the first half with an eye injury, Texas Tech forward Matt Temple is OK, Red Raiders coach Tubby Smith said Monday.
The 6-foot-10 junior was elbowed in the eye.
“There’s no damage to his retina or to the structure of his eye,” Smith said on the Big 12 teleconference. “It’s a bad bruise. ... I don’t think he’ll work out (Monday). He was at our lift this morning. He should be fine.”
Iowa State’s McKay has been suspended
AUSTIN — Texas Tech had to play small-ball.
With their two centers unable to play due to injuries, the Red Raiders had to manage with the likes of 6-foot-8 forwards Aaron Ross and Zach Smith.
At times, the mismatch worked in Texas Tech’s favor as the Texas big men couldn’t keep up with the Red Raiders’ quickness. Other times, it hurt as Texas Tech was forced to play zone due to its lack of depth inside.
Five Arkansas students stood in their seats behind the basket as Texas Tech warmed up before the game.
Instead of yelling insults or snide remarks about someone’s mama, the guys in the stands scored the dunks from each Red Raider.
At United Supermarkets Arena, the home crowd enjoys these spectacles before every game, “oohing” and “aahing” as guys like Jordan Jackson and Justin Gray put on a show.
While this is pure entertainment for the fans, it shows a glimpse into the rehab process for Gray who overcame not one, but two, knee surgeries over the past year.
Keenan Evans caught the ball at the top of the key and dribbled around while his teammates tried to get open.
Toddrick Gotcher had the hot hand, as did Aaron Ross, and Oklahoma State kept them locked down.
Devaugntah Williams, however, broke open at the right side of the top of the key, drove the lane and sunk the layup to seal a 63-61 overtime win over the Cowboys Wednesday night at United Supermarkets Arena.
Heading into conference play, Texas Tech was second in the league in field goal percentage defense (38.5) and fourth in 3-point field goal defense (30).
No one shot better than 50 percent against the Red Raiders, until Kansas State went off for 56.4 percent and Baylor finished at 50 percent.
In its last six games, four of Texas Tech’s opponents have shot at least 50 percent from the floor.
In the post-game press conference in Bud Walton Arena Saturday evening, Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith mentioned that he wanted to see his players execute what they’ve been taught in the final minutes of play.
“We’ve lost a couple of tough games, especially the loss to Arkansas in overtime,” Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said Monday on the Big 12 teleconference. “Our mental psyche is damaged. We have to respond the right way.”
Since recording a victory over TCU on the road, the Red Raiders have struggled.