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Texas Tech throttled by Baylor in Big 12 home opener

Red Raiders shoot just 31 percent from the floor during most lopsided loss of the season

Posted: January 8, 2013 - 8:43pm  |  Updated: January 9, 2013 - 1:21am
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Baylor's Cory Jefferson dunks against Texas Tech during their game on Tuesday in Lubbock. (Zach Long)  Zach Long
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Baylor's Cory Jefferson dunks against Texas Tech during their game on Tuesday in Lubbock. (Zach Long)
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As a Texas Tech player checked out during the first half of the team’s game against Baylor on Tuesday, he was met at the sideline by coach Chris Walker, who delivered a simple, stern message.

The gist: Welcome to the Big 12 Conference.

The Red Raiders learned the hard way what it will take to compete in one of the nation’s top leagues, suffering an 82-48 trouncing at the hands of the Bears inside United Spirit Arena.

“It’s just our journey,” Walker said. “We can sit here and sugarcoat things however we want. It’s where we are. I don’t want to belabor the point about having new players. It’s our reality.”

That reality Tech demonstrated Tuesday is it simply isn’t in the same class at this point as a team like Baylor, which handed Tech its second-worst home loss inside United Spirit Arena. The worst came last season in an 81-46 loss to Kansas, which visits Lubbock at 3 p.m. Saturday.

The Bears (10-4, 2-0 in Big 12 play) were in control from the start. After Jaye Crockett hit his first of a career-high three 3-pointers to cut the lead to 10-8, the Bears ripped off a 25-6 run to put a stranglehold on the game it would never loosen. From there it was a Baylor highlight reel of dunks (seven) and 3-pointers (8 of 14).

It was an eye-opener for the majority of Red Raiders, Walker said, who have never faced a team as talented as Baylor.

“We made a couple errors throughout the game that cost us some big buckets,” Tech freshman Dusty Hannahs said. “You can’t give a team like that a chance to go on runs.”

Baylor went on plenty of those. Point guard Pierre Jackson and forward Cory Jefferson combined for 25 points in the first half. The Red Raiders had 23 points as a team at intermission.

“Our goal was to take away their confidence,” said Baylor assistant coach Jerome Tang, who filled in for suspended head coach Scott Drew, “and see what they were made of.”

Jackson, the Big 12’s preseason player of the year, had his way with Tech, directing an offense that scored at will. He finished with 18 points and seven assists in 27 minutes.

Jefferson, who led the league in field-goal percentage entering Tuesday’s action, padded his lead by hitting 7 of 9 shots (most of them dunks) for 17 points. The same scoring line was produced by Isaiah Austin, the 7-foot-1 freshman forward, whose back-to-back 3-pointers in the second half helped the Bears lead by as many as 39.

Jaye Crockett, Tech’s only double-figures scorer with 13 points, said the team’s defensive woes came down to a lack of execution from the very start.

“Tonight we definitely didn’t have enough effort from the whole team total,” he said. “We could have come out and played harder. We just have to change it next game."

As much as Tech (8-5, 1-1) struggled defensively, the scene on offense may have been even uglier. Rarely could the Red Raiders initiate any against Baylor’s quicker, lengthier defenders. Tech shot just 30.5 percent from the floor, too often settling for 3-point attempts it rarely converted (5 of 24 ).

Walker said the team “absolutely” put up too many long range shots.

“Especially early,” he said. “That certainly wasn’t our game plan.”

Now it’s back to the drawing board to come up with another one as the Red Raiders ready for one of college basketball’s traditional powers in Kansas, a team that has won at least a share of the last eight Big 12 titles.

“There’s a maturity level we just have to muster,” Walker said. “We just haven’t gotten it against really good teams yet. That’s our challenge.”

 

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Good Heavens

If we were trying to go to the moon, this would be the Mercury Program.

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SIGH

You would think we would be some what competitive, if this team doesn't start listening to the coach and trying to become a team, even a home game vs TCU isn't a given. 2-16 and another last place finish is likely. WOW, it was just 5 short years ago, Tech was beating top 5 Kansas in Lubbock several times in a row and 12-15,000 per game. It appears the upper decks will not be used again this year.

Sad.

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Sad and pathetic

Where's this controlled chaos defense.

Get a real coach and recruit some real players.

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Abused

OMG I hope that Tech team goes straight to the AD's Office right now!!! They need to report that they were being abused on the basketball court last night.

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all about the players

IMO, Tolbert is the only TTU player that would crack the 7- or 8-man rotation for BAY. And BAY is not even ranked in the T25. TTU does not have B12 talent. Its shows in the conf record; it even shows in an "eyeball" test. We're playing w/ inferior talent. Yes, our guys are young, but they won't "grow into" a top half B12 team, they're just not good enough. I don't follow basketball recruiting, but where have the BB classes been ranked? BAY picks a top 15 national player every year and TTU has had only 1 McDonald's AA in its entire history - Jason Sasser.

The "bare cupboard" argument, inaccurately tagged to a certain ex-FB coach, certainly fits the Knight x 2 regime. THANKS, GERALD!

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Baylor and Kansas are likely to be ...

... 4 extremely ugly games for this team. We probably get blown out at least 3x as often as we win. I don't think any of us expected any different this year. When BG realized the talent was only good for 1-4 wins and not his historical turnaround, he bailed on the team. IMO, an accurately tagged comparison to an ex-FB coach who also facilitated his own demise and ouster. Granted, he left a .500 team, not a 1-17 nightmare. If Kirby isn't coming up with a contract, that signals he's given up on next years recruits, and at least 2 more disastrous seasons ahead. Oouuuch!

Gunz, are you sure you didn't mean Crockett, and not Tolbert, who's apparently still riding last years pre-conference press clippings?!

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