Texas Tech has now lost three straight, the latest a 75-61 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners. Tech now drops to 4-4 in conference, while OU improves to 4-4. This is really frustrating, this is one that Tech had to have. Lots of things to talk about, but let's get to the boxscore:
|D White||20||4||0||2||Surprise starter, has little opportunity to contribute more.|
|J. Plefka||25||1||1||3||Inconsistency and absolutely no rebounding.|
|M. Zeno||40||10||3||20||Double-double for a 6-5 guard.|
|J. Jackson||40||0||1||31||Is certainly back on track, maybe to determent to team.|
|C Burgess||35||3||1||3||Did not seem in control the entire night, contributed little.|
|B Valentine||3||0||0||0||Minimal minutes.|
|A. Voskuil||1||0||0||0||Minimal minutes.|
|M. Prince||10||0||0||0||Hustled, but doesn't show up in the boxscore.|
|D. Suljagic||6||1||0||0||Little contribution, missed uncontested layup.|
|D. Dora||20||3||3||2||Inconsistency and little rebounding.|
What Tech Did Right:
- Jackson Was Good: Jackson was able to get almost any shot he wanted and if there was any doubt as to whether he was back on track you can forget it. Jackson was able to keep Tech in the game and came up with big shot after big shot. I wouldn't mind seeing a little more diversity from Jackson, but I think it's a little late in the game to expect that.
- Zeno Is Back: After having less than Zeno-like games, Martin came back with a vengeance. I am generally amazed by his ability to do what he does at only 6-5 and tonight he grabbed 10 rebounds to go along with his 20 points. Zeno was efficient and there are times that his turnovers bother me, tonight was not one of those nights.
Yep, I didn't see too much good tonight. Now the bad.
What Tech Did Wrong:
- Absolutely No Rebounding: Tech was out-rebounded by 15 tonight. That's right 15 boards. Generally, I can accept Tech being out-rebounded by 4 or 5 boards, but not by 15. OU was dominant on the glass and accumulated 12 offensive rebounds, a number of those belonging to Longar (5) which allowed him to make a ton of easy buckets. I know that Tech is out-classed in the post, especially when it the match-up is an athletic 6-11 center like Longar, but that doesn't explain the overall tan-hiding as far as rebounding is concerned.
- Free Throws Disparity: OU attempted 28 free throws to Tech's 12, the reason being is that OU was more aggressive in the paint and Tech settled for jumpshot after jumpshot. I understand that much of this had to do with Longar inside, but the motion offense allows for players to move out of a space to allow others to take advantage (i.e. pull Longar out with Dora and Plefka to open up the lanes for Zeno and Jackson), but Tech just didn't execute.
- Offensive Drought: The last 6:58 of the game, Burgess completed a three point play, Zeno hit a jumper with 4:04 left and that was it for the rest of the game. With Zeno and Jackson completely taking over the game from the offensive end, there leaves little for anyone else to do with to help out. Jackson and Zeno accounted for 39 total attempts and there were 57 for the game, that 68% of the shots. It seems as if everyone else has either lost confidence in themselves or Zeno and Jackson have lost confidence in their teammates, but something has got to give. Tech was able to beat Kansas and A&M because there was the third option that allowed teams to back off of Jackson and Zeno. Tonight and against Texas there was no third option.
- Consistency: The biggest problem I have is the lack of offensive consistency. Some of this I blame on Knight for not giving certain guys regular minutes (Dora and Plefka). Don't get me wrong, there are nights where it doesn't seem like they deserve minutes, but it's all you've got, there aren't any other options available and it's up to Knight to give them minutes so that they can produce. I can understand that part of Knight's problem is that Plefka and Dora are consistently inconsistent and this has to drive him crazy, but Knight knows that he's got to play them, whether he likes it or not and he might as well start establishing a rotation and sink or swim with it. Play each for a portion of the first half and go with the hottest hand, the same could be said for White and Prince.
- Burgess Has To Be A Point Guard: Burgess played 35 minutes and passed on 1 assist. If Burgess is going to be the point guard then he needs to start acting like one. there were too many times where Charlie seemed to out of control and he wasn't necessarily looking for open options. Additionally, in the half-court, there seems to be a real lack of direction (see above point) and he's got to take the reins with 15 seconds left in the shot clock and get everyone organized. That's his job and he's got to be better at it.
This isn't an exhaustive list, but I've had enough tonight. I'll try and post game articles tomorrow morning.