After recording a road victory at Auburn over the weekend, Oklahoma State prepares to head south to take on Texas Tech at 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Here's what the Cowboys' head coach Travis Ford had to say about Texas Tech on the Big 12 teleconference Monday morning.
FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. — Texas Tech is struggling to finish.
Two weeks ago, Baylor’s Lester Medford drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to secure the victory for the Bears.
One week ago, West Virginia went on an 8-0 run in the final 54 seconds to escape Lubbock with a win.
Saturday, Texas Tech had a chance to finish off Arkansas as Devaugntah Williams drove the lane through some traffic. But the layup didn’t fall as the Razorbacks held off the Red Raiders in overtime 75-68 at Bud Walton Arena.
FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. — In a game with six ties and seven lead changes, neither team had much momentum.
With the game tied at 64 with just under three minutes left in overtime, Anthlon Bell nailed a 3-pointer before Moses Kingsley took a defensive board coast to coast to give Arkansas a five-point lead.
And the Razorbacks held the edge from that moment on as Texas Tech fell 75-68 in overtime Saturday afternoon at Bud Walton Arena.
TEXAS TECH AT ARKANSAS
SATURDAY, 3 P.M., ESPNU
Narrowing the gap
Midway through Big 12 play, Texas Tech has a league record of 2-6.
After a 10-1 record through non-conference play and a Big 12 opening win against Texas, hopes were high for a Red Raider basketball program that received votes in the Associated Press poll.
NORMAN, Okla. — When Khadeem Lattin was in the paint, no Texas Tech player dared to take him on.
The 6-foot-9 Oklahoma sophomore affected every shot the Red Raiders put up inside, whether he got a hand on it or not.
And he usually did, as he finished with a career-high eight blocked shots Tuesday in the Lloyd Noble Center as No. 1 Oklahoma defeated Texas Tech 91-67.
“He was more than just the eight blocks,” Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger said.
In true West Virginia fashion, the Mountaineers stole a victory right out of Texas Tech’s hands.
West Virginia, ranked No. 6 but No. 1 in steals and forced turnovers in the nation, scored five points off back-to-back Tech turnovers in the final 24 seconds remaining to escape Lubbock with an 80-76 victory Saturday.
“West Virginia did what they had to do to win the game,” Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said. “Unfortunately we didn’t. It’s a tough loss for us.”
Q: A lot of the guys say you’re the best ping-pong player on the team. Why is that?
A: I went to prep school in New Hampshire, and that’s all we did was play ping-pong. It used to always be the basketball players against the hockey players, and they were pretty good. So we got good and wanted to beat them. Yeah, I’ve grown to be one of the best players on the basketball team, me and Matt Temple.
Q: Is it because of your serve or a spin you put on the ball?
After breaking his fourth metatarsal against TCU earlier this week, sophomore center Norense Odiase, according to Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith, should be out six weeks.
“They’ll kept it in a cast, in a hard cast for three weeks and then they’ll take that off, take a look at it, and then determine how far along it is and what they need to do going forward,” Smith said.
Smith went on to mention that Odiase has been in “pretty good spirits” while the Red Raiders determine how to move forward.
Odiase averaged nine points and 4.4 rebounds in 19.5 minutes per game.