Welp…a minimum of the Texas Tech basketball workforce put up a struggle this day out. That’s about all Pink Raiders followers should cling to as Mark Adams’ squad fell to 0-5 in Massive 12 play with a 72-70 loss to Texas in Austin on Saturday night time.
On the one hand, it was good to see this workforce put forth a spirited effort after Tuesday’s no-show towards Iowa State which resulted in an 84-50 humiliation. However however, ethical victories don’t get groups into the NCAA Event. And after one other alternative for a resume-building win slipped via Tech’s fingers as they squandered a 34-25 halftime edge, it’s turning into painfully clear that it’s going to take a miracle for this workforce to be dancing in March. So listed here are a couple of takeaways from what transpired within the Pink Raiders’ newest defeat.
Fardaws performs…so much
Let’s begin with a little bit of a constructive. Prized offseason addition, Fardaws Aimaq, lastly made his season debut after lacking a number of months of motion on account of a damaged foot and he was surprisingly efficient.
Sadly for the Pink Raiders, there was no alternative to ease him again into the movement of actual recreation motion. As a substitute, the Utah Valley switch was requested to play 29 minutes as beginning massive man, Daniel Batcho was restricted to only 19 minutes on account of foul bother.
To his credit score, Aimaq made a distinction. Scoring 12 factors and grabbing 5 boards in his debut, he was a pleasant asset for Adams to show to off the bench and had he not been out there, Tech would have been in enormous bother as soon as once more.
For lengthy stretches, particularly within the first half when Tech performed its greatest basketball of the night time, Aimaq and Batcho have been on the ground collectively and that pair of close to 7-footers truly appeared to go with one another properly. Count on to see increasingly of that tandem on the ground collectively as we transfer ahead as a result of that is likely to be when this workforce is at its strongest.
As any logical observer may need anticipated, Aimaq was not Tech’s savior. He didn’t take over the sport and he regarded to tire down the stretch, as one may anticipate. Nonetheless, in his debut, after a prolonged layoff, he was the workforce’s third-leading scorer (tied with Jaylon Tyson) and he definitely confirmed that he can assist this workforce for the rest of the season.
Two starters battle
Sadly, for this workforce to beat high quality opponents, particularly on the highway, almost each starter have to be a internet constructive. That’s asking fairly a bit however so is life when you may have as little margin for error as this season’s Pink Raiders do.
Saturday, the issue was that two of Tech’s starters, Batcho and Kevin Obanor, each gave the workforce little or no. Consequently, Tech merely didn’t have sufficient firepower to maintain up with UT as soon as the Horns began to knock down photographs within the second half.
Earlier than fouling out for the primary time all season, Batcho managed no factors and just one rebound. In 4 Massive 12 video games this 12 months, the redshirt sophomore has but to attain in double digits after doing so seven occasions in non-conference motion.
In the meantime, Obanor was solely barely higher. Hitting simply three of his eight photographs (and no 3-pointers), Tech’s solely super-senior was held to eight factors. Although he did seize ten boards, he merely needs to be a extra constant offensive drive for this workforce, which struggles to attain even when Obanor is on his recreation.
To this point, Obanor has had three poor showings and solely two high quality outings in convention play. He and Batcho each have to be constant difference-makers for Tech if this workforce goes to have sufficient firepower to really win these shut league video games.
Essential misses on the line
Maybe the turning level of this recreation got here deep within the second half when Obanor and Aimaq mixed to go 1-4 on the line on consecutive possessions. In a two-point loss, that will show to be quite monumental.
On the time of the primary journey to the road, Tech was down 58-55 with 3:33 remaining. Obanor, Tech’s greatest free-throw shooter at 87% coming into the sport, would brick each of his makes an attempt.
Then, after a defensive cease and a Tech possession that included an offensive rebound (one among 14 on the night time for Tech, eight greater than Texas managed) Aimaq would make simply one among two photographs on the stripe.
For the sport, Tech was 14-20 (70%) and that will show to be not adequate to upset the Horns. What’s extra, on this crucial two-possession stretch, when Tech might have taken the lead by making its free throws, Obanor and Aimaq couldn’t come via. Because it have been, Tech would by no means lead after that second because the Pink Raiders ended up chasing these three missed factors for the remainder of the sport.
Tyson provides Tech a lift
Although it got here in a shedding effort, we should acknowledge that good recreation that Jaylon Tyson had in his first recreation towards his former college. After completely dreadful outings towards Oklahoma and Iowa State, Tyson scored 12 factors and picked up a team-high 14 rebounds, his first profession double-double.
That’s the kind of effort the Pink Raiders want from Tyson, who has been a starter all season lengthy. Enjoying all however three minutes of this recreation, the 6-foot-6 wing was 5-9 from the ground whereas displaying confidence and decisiveness with the ball in his fingers.
Although he would have most popular this effort to come back in a win, he needed to be pleased with how he performed in entrance of the followers that used to cheer for him final season – followers that definitely have been hoping to see him battle in his return to Austin. If Tech can get that sort of effort from Tyson for the remainder of the 12 months, it’s going to do wonders for his confidence and this workforce’s skill to compete.