Rebounding is key in Texas Tech’s exhibition game tonight against Texas A&M-Commerce.
The Red Raiders outrebounded Southeastern Oklahoma State 47-41. Tech finished with 14 offensive boards and a total of 13 second chance points.
In Texas A&M-Commerce’s 80-71 loss to Texas A&M on Wednesday, the Lions were successful in limiting the Aggies to one shot a possession 18 times with their dominance on the glass.
It’s hard to pick against Kansas for an 11th-straight Big 12 regular season title.
Even with two of its top scorers now in the NBA — Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid.
But coach Bill Self replaces them with top freshmen Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre.
After his first basketball game, 6-year-old Robert Turner looked up at his mother.
“He didn’t get to see me play,” he said.
His father, Robert Turner Jr., passed away the January before from a bone marrow disorder he acquired in the Persian Gulf during his time in the Navy. He was 28.
“It was so hard,” LaTanya Turner said. “I told him, I said, ‘The Holy Spirit will come. He sees all.’ I had to explain to him that he’s in a better place and that it’s OK. Keep him in your heart and he’ll always be with you.”
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In the past 59 years, 29 NBA MVP awards have gone to centers. Twenty-three of them were true centers, while six of them went to players who were both centers and power forwards.
The last true center to bring home the award was Shaquille O’Neal after the 1999-2000 season.
Candi Whitaker is frustrated.
“When you are part of a program like this one and you were here when it was thriving and the expectations on it were extremely high,” the Texas Tech women’s basketball coach said, “to come back when it is not that has been a big adjustment and a frustration for me. (I want) to get the message out about what this program can be.”
Tubby Smith is aiming for the same thing.
He even fell off a motorcycle to prove it.
Texas Tech struggled with perimeter defense in its first exhibition game, a win over Southeastern Oklahoma State 79-67. The Savage Storm was 11-of-34 from deep for 32.4 percent.
Coach Tubby Smith helped his squad improve its perimeter defense a season ago, and he’ll do it again this year.
Last year, Texas Tech struggled defending the three early on in the season, allowing opponents to shoot 36.5 percent in the nonconference. Six teams shot over 40 percent from deep against Tech.