The future of the Texas Tech program was put on display Saturday morning.
All four freshmen started for the Red Raiders — Keenan Evans, Zach Smith, Isaiah Manderson and Norense Odiase.
That group combined for 73.3 percent of Texas Tech’s final points in the overtime loss to No. 17 Oklahoma 79-75.
Junior guard Toddrick Gotcher also showed off his shot from three at 4-of-6 from the perimeter with the shot to send the game to overtime.
He finished with 18 points.
TEXAS TECH VS. NO. 17
11 A.M. SATURDAY
UNITED SUPERMARKETS ARENA
Oklahoma take two
Tubby Smith called the first meeting between the two teams the worst game he’s been associated with.
The Red Raiders fell 81-36, setting a league record for the fewest points allowed in a conference game in the Big 12 era.
Texas Tech finished shooting 21.2 percent from the floor, while Oklahoma finished at 52.9 percent.
Texas Tech had opportunities to steal a win over No. 20 Baylor for most of the second half Tuesday night.
However, the Red Raiders weren’t able to get the defensive stops needed to pull off a victory.
The Bears, thanks to a 3-point goal by senior forward Royce O’Neale with 4:10 to play, were able to pull away with a 54-49 win in a Big 12 game at United Supermarkets Arena.
“I feel like if we got some stops, we were right in it,” Tech freshman forward Norense Odiase said. “Some baskets didn’t go. If we got defensive stops, we could have gotten some layups.”
Texas Tech was either tied with Baylor or trailed by a basket for most of the second half.
However, a 3-pointer by senior forward Royce O’Neale gave the Bears a five-point lead and made it a two possession game with 4:10 to play.
With 13.6 seconds remaining, junior guard Devaugntah Williams sunk his third 3-pointer of the game to cut the Baylor lead to three.
But a pair of free throws by senior guard Kenny Chery sealed the win for No. 20 Baylor 54-49 over Texas Tech.
Tubby Smith called it confusing.
The Baylor 1-3-1 defense has caused some problems for its opponents so far this season.
The Bears are currently sixth in the Big 12 at 18-7 overall and 6-6 in league play.
Baylor is fifth in the conference averaging 69.8 points per game, while the zone defense holds opponents to only 59.9 points per contest.
VS. NO. 20 BAYLOR
6 P.M. TUESDAY
UNITED SUPERMARKETS ARENA
This is the second-straight game the Red Raiders are up against a zone defense.
At Texas last weekend, Texas Tech didn’t have much trouble finding the weak spots in the Longhorns’ 2-3 zone.
Halfway through the first half, the Red Raiders even had a lead.
However, what plagued Texas Tech in that 15-point loss were the different scoring droughts throughout the game.
The Longhorns knew who to get the ball to when they needed points — freshman forward Myles Turner.
AUSTIN — The Texas Longhorns knew who to get the ball to when they needed points — Myles Turner.
The freshman forward finished with 25 points, nearly half his team’s total in Texas’ 56-41 victory Saturday against Texas Tech at the Frank Erwin Center.
TEXAS TECH AT TEXAS
7 P.M. TODAY
Texas Tech has recorded both of its Big 12 wins at home. The reason goes beyond the strength and depth of the top RPI league in the nation.
The Red Raiders can make shots at home.
They can’t on the road.
It’s not that Texas Tech isn’t putting enough shots up on the road.
The Red Raiders average 2.7 more field goal attempts per game but make three fewer on the road.
Texas Tech hits an average of 39.2 percent of its shots at home.
Tickets for the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Championship will be available on Tuesday, Feb. 17.
Each ticket includes all five sessions for the 2015 Championship, providing the same seat location for the four-day event from March 11-14.
Fans may purchase up to four all-session tickets from the Championship at face value directly from the Sprint Center.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. central time and are online only at SprintCenter.com.