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No. 9 Arizona punishes Texas Tech inside during 85-57 rout

Posted: December 1, 2012 - 9:59pm  |  Updated: December 2, 2012 - 1:50am
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Arizona's Nick Johnson swipes a ball away from Texas Tech's Josh Gray during their game on Saturday in Lubbock. (Zach Long)  Zach Long
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Arizona's Nick Johnson swipes a ball away from Texas Tech's Josh Gray during their game on Saturday in Lubbock. (Zach Long)
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Young or old, experienced or not, size doesn’t discriminate.

It bruises.

Texas Tech called for a “white out” against Arizona on Saturday, but the Red Raiders were left black and blue after the No. 9 Wildcats used a dominating inside presence to produce a 85-57 rout inside United Spirit Arena.

Arizona’s 7-foot freshman Kaleb Tarczewski collected nine of his 13 rebounds in the first half. The team’s other freshmen big men, Grant Jerrett and Brandon Ashley, combined for 25 points.

“It was challenging,” Tech forward Kader Tapsoba said. “They’re big. Really big.”

The Red Raiders (4-1) simply couldn’t match Arizona’s strength inside, an element the Wildcats (5-0) have enjoyed this season after being what coach Sean Miller called “a very small team a year ago.”

It certainly didn’t help Tech that sophomore forward Jordan Tolbert spent most of the game on the bench saddled with foul trouble.

“I thought that was a big key for us,” Miller said. “With him out there for a longer duration, that gives them a physical presence to go along with their pace.”

Dejan Kravic, who fouled out midway through the second half, also struggled to stay on the floor. He and Tolbert — who played just nine minutes before fouling out in the second half — combined for just eight points and four rebounds.

“That kills you,” said Tech forward Jaye Crockett, who scored a team-high 12 points. “You can’t be in foul trouble because you need those players out there. We needed to have the whole bench in the game because we were moving so fast. That hurt us a lot.”

At one point in the first half, Tech was operating with a four-guard lineup against the already far-bigger Wildcats.

When Tech did sag inside to limit Arizona in the paint, the Wildcats made it pay by connecting on 8 of 22 shots from 3-point range, six of those in the first half. During one stretch midway through the first half, Arizona hit 3-pointers on three straight possessions, ballooning a three-point lead into a 30-18 advantage. The Red Raiders didn’t get closer than seven the rest of the way.

“This is a whole other dimension to our game,” sophomore guard Nick Johnson said of the team’s post play. “With them being so dominant down low ... we get a lot of open shots.”

Arizona’s size and length stood out defensively, as the Red Raiders struggled to find the kind of baskets in transition that had helped them average almost 90 points in their first four games.

“The court is so small with guys that long,” Tech coach Chris Walker said.

Five straight points by Jaye Crockett helped the Red Raiders tie the game at 11 four minutes in, but offense was hard to come by after that point.

Still, the Red Raiders didn’t go away quietly. A 10-2 run, capped by a Daylen Robinson 3-pointer, cut the Arizona lead — which grew as large as 36 in the second half — to 55-42 with 13 minutes left.

But that was but a minor blip on a dominating performance for the Wildcats, who closed the game on a 30-15 run while looking every bit the part of a top-10 team.

Arizona shot a scorching 58 percent from the field. Tech, meanwhile, converted just 34 percent (22 of 63) of its field-goal attempts.

Nick Johnson scored 18 points to lead a balanced Arizona scoring effort that featured five players in double figures.

"We have some inexperienced guys," Walker said, "and that was a good game for them to get a taste of what high-level Division I basketball is all about."

 

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Welcome to the big leagues

Now everyone knows just how much work needs to be done. It is time we finally played teams with talent from top to bottom.

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Thanks Kent Hance for making us a JOKE

Men's basketball = 10th place. Women's basketball = 9th place.

With today's Baylor domination of Okie Lite and Baylor men's cheater basketball program winning AT Kentucky -- Texas Tech officially has the WORST athletic department in the Big 12.

Thanks Kent Hance. You are a pathetic leader and ruined our athletic program. Please go back to Dimmitt, pick cotton, and take awful Randy Neuterbarfer and The Birther Tubs with you.

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Tolbert was awful

That is all. He was terrible. Send him to see Billy Clyde.

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Unfortunately, I Got It Right

I said Arizona by 21. The truth is, it could have been 45.

I thought Walker's team played hard. Tolbert going out quickly with 2 fouls and then picking up his 3rd before the half precluded a Tech chance. Then, of course, Arizona was scalding hot with the 3's and shot Tech out of it in the first half. You can't beat anybody when they hit all their shots--Arizona is good but not as good as they played.

I think Walker's demeanor and his style of play gives Tech a chance to recruit to the program. I plan to stick with Walker until he runs me off. I wish him luck--he'll need it.

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yeah sure

Attendance announced at 10K plus; Ok, yeah sure, if you say so. The fact of the matter is that most there were to see Arizona and not Tech play. Like the women, you can't expect fans to show up and watch cupcakes and creampuffs play night after night. Ok, take your lumps like AU gave but schedule a few more tougher teams, build your program a little more, and success will start to build. Playing in the Big 12(10) helps bring recruits but this early pre-season parade of high school-level bozos that come here, surely does not.

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I see lots of potential

with this group and this coach. Some of you seem to live to bash and be negative. This was a very young team, many new to DI basketball, with a new coach playing a team with five 5 star recruits. You guys continue to bash away, but please don't be late to the bandwagon. These are some very fine young men who are practicing and playing hard and are talented. Their time will come. Lots of promise with this program.

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How Stupid does the Administration think we are?

Hocutt was hired to run Texas Tech Athletics, so he had better start doing his job. If Kent Hance won't let him then he needs to quit and find another job. The truth is all teams play some cupcakes. It allows to get into the grind of competition, but they also play some great teams along the way in their pre-conference schedule. Texas Tech cannot continue to play majorly inferior programs in football and basketball to "puff up" its resume and then try to sell to students, alumni, and TT fans that the program had a "winning season" and is "moving in the right direction." Come on, Hance, give us some credit! You have a winning program when you win the majority of your conference games, win conference championships, go to good Bowl games and/or the NCAA playoffs. While golf, tennis, softball, and soccer all seem to be quite well, the major money-making sports have suffered tremendously under our current leadership. This butt-whipping by Arizona shows how very far this program has fallen--along with women's basketball and football.

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Same as football

Prior to losing by 28 to a team starting 3 underclassmen, the announcers said TTU led the nation in scoring. Same specious, spurious argument as in the OOC FB games.

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Same as football

Prior to losing by 28 to a team starting 3 underclassmen, the announcers said TTU led the nation in scoring. Same specious, spurious argument as in the OOC FB games.

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@Imchimere

I know the answer to your question. Mr. Hance and his cronies are certain you are nothing more than an idiotic little person who will do nothing more than follow their instructions.

If it was politics, they would be the chosen intelligencia riding around in limousines and occasionally allowing you to bow.

Their leader, one Mr. Ricky Perry, makes Huey Long look like a beginner. AND I'M A CONSERVATIVE.

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Again I say

In less than 3 years, you lose a winning football coach, you lose a baseball coach that couldnt even make the big 12 tournament with how many major league prospects?, and you hire, then "lose to personal problems" a mens basketball coach. In less than 3 years. Yeah boy theres some fine management going on there. Has that even ever happened at a D1 school before? I used to get really offended when friends and some family made fun of Texas Tech. It doesnt really bother me any more. Look at whats going on. They're for the most part, right. Current "boss hog" management has rendered us laughable at this point. I think Coach Walker can be good for the basketball program if he remains unneutered by his superiors. I highly doubt they're interested in any kind of athletic success, unless its meat judging. The man even ran off the championship chess team. No wonder people not loyal to Tech point and laugh. If it werent so sad and wrong, Id probably laugh with them.

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