Struggling with composure
Frustration boiled over for Texas Tech during its 82-48 loss to Baylor on Tuesday, as two Red Raiders were whistled for technical fouls.
The first was on Josh Gray, who picked it up five minutes into the second half after barking at Baylor’s Pierre Jackson. It was Gray’s third technical of the season, and Tech coach Chris Walker was not pleased.
He pulled Gray after the whistle and didn’t insert him again the rest of the way.
“I was going to make him sit there,” Walker said, “and understand that you have to stop that. This is not the playground. You have to understand that everyone is watching you, it’s happening way too frequent and it’s not cute. It’s something that you have to learn. In high school, some of that stuff you may get away with. In college, it’s just not the same game.
“It’s just a learning process for him, and my hope is that doesn’t happen again. If it does happen again, I’ll do the same thing, to make sure he understands that type of behavior is not going to be tolerated.”
The second technical was picked up by Jaye Crockett after he scored on a layup, then taunted Baylor’s Isaiah Austin. Crockett said after the game he was disappointed he let emotions get the best of him.
“Me being one of the older guys and one of the leaders on the team,” Crockett said, “I feel like I made a huge mistake going out there and getting a technical, especially at a time when we were down 20, 30 points. You just can’t lose your head. You have to be more mature in that situation and just keep playing the game for 40 minutes.”
Shooting woes hurt Tech
Texas Tech faced an uphill battle from the start against Baylor’s talented roster on Tuesday.
It didn’t help that the Red Raiders couldn’t hit a shot. Tech made just 31 percent (18 of 59) of its attempts from the floor, its worst mark since shooting 29 percent in a 65-46 loss to Kansas State late last season.
Josh Gray attacked the rim early with a pair of layups inside, but the Red Raiders too often settled for contested jump shots from the perimeter in the first half, when they suffered through a four-minute scoreless stretch.
It also didn’t help matters that Baylor was on fire, shooting 54 percent overall and 57 percent from 3-point range.
“You really need those guys to have one of those nights where they’re not playing so well,” Tech coach Chris Walker said of Baylor. “It’s just where we are right now. We need to play really well, and sometimes you need to have them play not so well, whether it’s a function of them taking you lightly or a function of you playing the most unbelievable game. That’s where we are.”
Tang holds down the fort
Baylor got through its head coach’s suspension just fine.
Scott Drew missed the first two games of Big 12 Conference play while serving a suspension stemming from NCAA violations the program committed with impermissible phone calls and text messages.
The Bears went 2-0 with assistant Jerome Tang at the helm. After Tuesday’s rout of Texas Tech, Tang deflected credit to senior point guard Pierre Jackson, who averaged 21 points in two games without Drew.
“I feel like my brother let me borrow his really expensive car,” Tang said, “and all I wanted to do was bring it back to him with no dents and full of gas.”
Compiled by Nick Kosmider