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Post Game Review: Texas Tech 73, Gonzaga 63

LAJ's Jeff Walker recaps last night's win against Gonzaga. With this win over Gonzaga Texas Tech will be playing Butler for the Great Alaska Shootout Championship tonight at 11:30 p.m. on ESPN2 (I think that's the right time in Texas). A preview and open game day thread will come later today.

Here's Coach Knight on the play of Roberts, Burgess and Singletary:

"I think D'Walyn Roberts played exceptionally well in the first half," Knight said."... We didn't get out of Singletary what we did (Thursday) night, but I thought Burgess came off the bench and played really well."

Let's get to some player reviews:

Player Comment
Trevor Cook Increasing minutes and is showing that he can be pretty effective. I'm sure Knight dislikes the TO's, but 9 points and 4 boards isn't bad.
Mike Singletary Not as effective as he was against AA, but he's a freshman and more than likely he'll be up and down all year.
Martin Zeno Statistically, one of the worst games for Zeno with only 2 points and 2 boards. He needs to get on track.
Alan Voskuil Wow! What a beautiful line: 28 points, 5-7 beyond the arc, 7 boards, 4 assists, and 5 steals. The bad: 4 TO's.
John Roberson What I love most about his line is the 7 assists and 2 turnovers. If he's not scoring then he should distribute, and he is.
D'Walyn Roberts A nice line from the freshman, 11 points and 5 boards in 23 minutes. I'll take it.
Esmir Rizvic Perhaps playing back into shape in Alaska with 4 points and 3 boards for the evening.
Charlie Burgess Rebounded nicely from some poor performances earlier in the year. Needs to not fall in love with 3-point shot.

What Texas Tech Did Right:

  • Held the Zags: How about that, holding Gonzaga to 38.9% from the field. This team is impressing me more and more each game from a defensive standpoint. I'll attribute the better defense to better athletes, i.e. Roberson, Roberts, Singletary and Cook, who is a much better athlete than Dora and Plefka.
  • Kept Them Off the Boards: As I mentioned yesterday, Gonzaga held a 12 board advantage, at least statistically, over our Red Raiders. Last night, Texas Tech outrebounded Gonzaga by 6 boards. Pat yourselves on the back guys for a job well done.
  • Improved Free Throws: Part of the problem against Sam Houston was the abysmal free throw shooting, only 53.6% for the game. The Red Raiders have been much better recently and beating a quality opponent means that you've got to do the small things, which includes making free throws.

What Texas Tech Did Wrong: Again, not much to gripe about when you beat the #14 team in the nation. No complaints today.