Texas Tech men’s basketball head coach Tubby Smith has high hopes for his team entering Big 12 play today with a home game against undefeated No. 13 Iowa State.
“I think we’ll play our best game (today),” Smith said. “That’s what I believe because of the way we’ve practiced.”
The Red Raiders are coming off a 100-69 win over Mount Saint Mary’s, a game in which Smith saw improvement on both ends of the floor.
Well, if Texas Tech basketball coach Tubby Smith wanted to see his team take better shots — and make them — he got his wish Monday night.
The Red Raiders set a season high for points and shot a whopping 66.3 percent from the field and dominated inside with its big men en route to a 100-69 victory over Mount St. Mary’s at United Spirit Arena.
Forwards Dejan Kravic, Kader Tapsoba, Jay Crockett and Jordan Tolbert all scored in double figures as Tech set a season high for points scored in a game.
By this time next week, the Texas Tech men’s basketball team will be into Big 12 Conference play, where the games really start counting.
Between then and now, however, the Red Raiders (7-5) have one more chance to improve in several areas with today’s 6 p.m. game against Mount St. Mary’s at United Spirit Arena.
And the list of areas in which Tech needs improvement is lengthy, but the main one for first-year head coach Tubby Smith is simple and obvious — shooting the basketball better than it did its last game before Christmas against Arizona State.
TEMPE, Ariz. — By his own admission, Texas Tech men’s basketball coach Tubby Smith says his squad is not a very good shooting team.
Strong on the inside but weak from the perimeter, the flaw of a poor shooting contingent was the difference Saturday. That’s when the Red Raiders dropped a 76-62 decision to host Arizona State before 6,039 at Wells Fargo Arena.
Look no further than the scoresheet.
Despite the two-point loss to LSU on Wednesday, Texas Tech men’s basketball proved it can compete with anybody, but as senior forward Jaye Crockett put it, “We’re tired of these moral victories.”
The Red Raiders have another chance to make a statement today on the road against Arizona State.
Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith is familiar with the ASU head coach Herb Sendek, whom he coached with from 1989-91 at Kentucky.
LSU led nearly the entire game by single-digit margins
After three defensive stops, Texas Tech pulled within two points of LSU on Wednesday night and had the basketball with 10.2 seconds left to play.
All the Red Raiders had to do was finish their comeback.
Junior point guard Robert Turner brought the ball up the court and tried to shake his defender before putting up a 3-point attempt from the right side.
The southpaw’s shot hit the rim but didn’t get the friendly bounce as LSU came out with a 71-69 win over Tech at the United Spirit Arena.
Texas Tech men’s basketball has its eyes set on postseason play, but in order to extend the season, the Red Raiders must launch out of the gates more quickly at every tip.
“Just coming out starting with a fast start is good for us because it gives us energy for the rest of the game,” senior forward Jaye Crockett said. “That just sets the tone for the rest of the game. Coach always tells us that the first four minutes just let them know that you’re here and make a statement in the first couple of minutes when you step on the floor.”
The break for final exams for the Texas Tech basketball team lasted 12 days and about 71/2 minutes on Sunday.
But once the Red Raiders realized the season was back on, they were too much for Central Arkansas, using an 18-4 run to close the first half then pulling away in the second half for a 79-57 victory over the Bears at United Spirit Arena.
“We were a little rusty to start the game, but we woke up and played better in the second half,” head coach Tubby Smith said.