Don't forget that Texas Tech had another win on Saturday as the Texas Tech Red Raiders defeated the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, 60-44. Here's the review from that game.
|D'Walyn Roberts||Productive minutes. He looks comfortable on the floor, give him more minutes and he'll be fine.|
|Damir Suljagic||Regressed a to last year's Damir with only 3 rebounds and 2 points in 20 minutes.|
|Martin Zeno||Looked good on the floor, let the game come to him most of the game and carried the team until he got into foul trouble in 2nd half. Love the 8 boards.|
|Alan Voskuil||By far the best player, however, I still think he should shoot more, but I'll take this performance today.|
|John Roberson||Looks like the point guard that I want Burgess to be. Like Roberts, he's young, but he's better than Burgess right now.|
|Rogdrick Craig||Had a little spark off the bench in the 2nd half and looked comfortable shooting the ball. I look for Craig to start next game.|
|Trevor Cook||I think he's too aggressive defensively and offensively. He needs to let the game come to him.|
|Michael Prince||Another work-man like effort. Nothing spectacular, but had solid minutes.|
|Charlie Burgess||Is really struggling offensively and would like to see him push the ball to create for himself and teammates.|
|Ricardo De Bem||Forced almost every shot. Same thoughts as Cook. Needs to let the game come to him.|
What Texas Tech Did Right:
- Stifling Defense: How about holding SFA to 34.1% from the floor and 20.0% behind the three point line. The offense may be struggling a bit, but the defense seems to be clicking nicely thus far. The 23 turnovers for the game and 7 steals, Voskuil with 2 and Burgess with 3, is a nice addition to this current team and something that wasn't always present last year.
- Voskuil Grabs A Pair: How about that. Alan Voskuil can shoot and score. Much like Coach Knight, I'd like to see a few more shots from Voskuil as there's no reason why he shouldn't look to be even more assertive on the offensive end. He's a talented player, perhaps one of the best shooters in the Big 12 and no one knows about him. Not yet.
- Roberson and Roberts: Roberson looks comfortable running the point and it's just a matter of time before he's able to able to light up the boxscore. He's more assertive on offense and plays as tenacious defense as Burgess. Knight has a nice player in Roberson. Roberts didn't play a bunch of minutes, but you can tell he's going to get better the more the season progresses. Keep feeding him minutes and he'll be able to help quite a bit in Big 12 play.
- Rogdrick Craig: Craig just looks like a player and as Knight indicated after the game, he's going to get more minutes and I wouldn't be surprised to seem him start in Alaska. Although it was only 7 minutes, he looks like he can play.
What Texas Tech Did Wrong:
- Big Men Needed: The big men, consisting of Suljagic, Cook, Prince and De Bem corralled a total of 10 rebounds and 9 points. That's not productive at all and it's high time that someone step up. They all need to understand that the sole job, at least at this time, is to rebound, not turnover the ball and play defense. Anything other than that is just gravy. Do your job guys.
- Perhaps a Third Option: Would it be too much to ask for a third scoring option. I think Roberson is coming along nicely, but after Zeno and Voskuil, the next highest point total was Roberson with 6 points and then Prince and Craig with 4 a piece. Someone other than Zeno and Voskuil will need to score to be competitive in the Big 12 and it would be nice if we didn't have to rely on a freshman.
- Easy Buckets: Four. That's right four, is the number of fast break points for the game. Two in the first half and two in the second. A good way to get scoring up, as well as shooting percentage, is to get out and run a little.