KANSAS CITY, Mo. — From last week until now, there has been a lot of talk about what side of the bubble Texas will end up on.
The Red Raiders didn’t care.
Texas Tech hung tight with the Longhorns in the first half. But then the second half happened.
And Texas turned a four-point lead at the half into a 65-53 victory in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri.
Red Raiders head into Big 12 tournament as underdog
Three months ago, the Red Raiders headed to Las Vegas with a 9-1 record and the confidence that they could come away with a pair of wins.
But that’s not how events transpired.
Texas Tech went 0-for-21 from the perimeter in its 62-44 loss to Loyola before struggling offensively yet again in a 82-69 loss to Houston.
The Red Raiders were probably hoping that what happened in Vegas would stay in Vegas.
But it didn’t.
Coach Tubby Smith mentioned that he thought those losses affected the psyche of his team.
Oklahoma junior guard Buddy Hield was named the Associated Press’ Big 12 Player of the Year.
Bill Self of Kansas was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year after leading the Jayhawks to their 11th straight regular season league title.
Self is the first four-time AP Big 12 Coach of the Year winner.
Joining Hield on the first team are West Virginia senior guard Juwan Staten, Baylor forward Rico Gathers, Kansas junior forward Perry Ellis and Iowa State junior forward Georges Niang.
With the regular season finished, here is the bracket for the 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship that tips off Wednesday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
First Round - Wednesday, March 11Game 1: No. 8 Kansas State vs. No. 9 TCU at 6 p.m. (ESPNU)Game 2: No. 7 Texas vs. No. 10 Texas Tech at 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
Here’s what happened last week in Texas Tech recruiting:
Football class of 2016
Height/Weight: 6-3, 225
Ratings: Four stars
Rankings: No. 3 dual-threat quarterback; No. 137 player overall
Scholarship offers: Ohio State, Texas, Nebraska, Baylor and others
Stats: 480 yards passing, 423 rushing yards, 12 touchdowns in three games
WACO — For the first time all season, it looked as if Texas Tech had finally discovered the formula to winning on the road.
Texas Tech didn’t have any excessive scoring droughts.
Every Red Raider scored in the team’s 53-percent shooting effort from the floor.