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.
Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith was pleased with finally having film to show his players he knows what he’s talking about.
In their first exhibition game of the season, Texas Tech pulled out a 79-67 win over Southeastern Oklahoma State on Monday at the United Supermarkets Arena.
“We got a chance to play against a team in a game-like condition was just what we needed,” Smith said. “It was a good start, a good test. Now we have something to evaluate.”
Five of the Red Raider newcomers saw the court against the Savage Storm, and all of them scored.
There were eight lead changes in Texas Tech’s exhibition win 79-67 over Southeastern Oklahoma State Monday night.
Six of those changes took place in the second half. For almost three minutes, the score was either tied or the Savage Storm held the advantage.
It was just a game of back and forth basketball until junior guard Devaugntah Williams got the basketball out in transition and dunked it.
Shortly after, it was senior point guard Robert Turner’s turn.
Junior Janine Beckie was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year on Monday.
She is the first Red Raider in program history to receive the honor after leading the league in points (29), goals (13) and shot attempts (103).
Beckie is joined by seniors Jaelene Hinkle and Paige Strahan, along with junior Hannah Devine, sophomore Lauren Watson and freshman Cassie Conarty.
The total six selections marked the third-straight season where Texas tech had at least five honorees.
Texas Tech men's basketball begins its season with an exhibition game against Southeastern Oklahoma State that tips off at 7 p.m. and is free to the public.
Extra exhibitionLast year, Texas Tech participated in a scrimmage at SMU. This season, coach Tubby Smith decided to host an extra exhibition game to get his young team some experience.
"I think our players need some playing time against some competition," Smith said. "We have a lot of guys we need to take a look at because we're not certain about who can step up yet."
Red Raiders host Se Oklahoma on Monday in exhibition game
Dunk City might be moving 1,566 miles west of Florida Gulf Coast to Texas Tech this season.
At least, that’s what Toddrick Gotcher hopes.
“(The fans) are going to be up in their seats this year,” the junior guard said. “It’s going to be a dunk fest. We have athletes who can get out in transition.”
Tech has a variety of players that can play above the rim.
One of those athletes is freshman 6-foot-8 forward Zach Smith and his 45-inch vertical.
Senior forward Clark Lammert has impressed coach Tubby Smith in the first few weeks of practice.
So much that Smith says Lammert is competing for playing time at power forward.
Lammert, who played in seven games a year ago and averaged one point in 2.6 minutes per game, is battling with sophomore Alex Foster, junior Justin Jamison along with freshmen Isaiah Manderson, Norense Odiase and Zach Smith at the spot.
Sophomore Aaron Ross is still sidelined with an ACL injury but is expected to return in January.
After 10 straight Big 12 regular season titles, the Kansas Jayhawks are geared up for No. 11.
Gone are the first and third overall picks in the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, but junior forward Perry Ellis and sophomore guard Wayne Selden return.
Expect big things from Selden this season.
Kansas is overflowing with depth at the shooting guard position and when asked how playing time is expected to be doled out, coach Bill Self grinned.
“I think there’s a chance Wayne’s going to play a lot,” he said.