MVPRobert Lewandowski and Javarez Willis | Willis was clutch because he played great defense and he scored, while Lew was tremendous in the second half. Couldn't miss. Willis and Lew played their hearts out.
Numbers7 | OMG, only 7 turnovers for the game for Texas Tech.
28 to 6 | TTU had 28 points in the paint to OU's 6.
12 to 4 | I cannot recall when TTU had more points off of turnovers than the opposing team. Yep.
THIS POST IS DIFFERENT | Finally, this post game thoughts are different. I don't get to writ about how this team turned the ball over more than the opposing team and I don't get to write about how this team couldn't create any offense and I don't get to write about how the opposing team was better. I can't remember exactly when I came to the realization that this team wasn't very good, but that's a hard thing to compartmentalize for me, to openly admit that a team that I root for isn't very good, but I don't like being dishonest about a team either.
But last night, life was good and I'm going to celebrate a win. I won't be posting any news from any other sports this morning, despite having some news about football and a ton of baseball news. We'll get to it tomorrow. It sounds ridiculous to think that a win is so important and if it's important to my Texas Tech frame of mind, I can only imagine how important it is to this group.
I would also encourage you to watch the post-game press conference. Head coach Billy Gillispie gets emotional about his team and the fans and Lew and Bean may be the most appreciative people on the planet right now.
Jararez Willis | When Willis shoots the ball well and doesn't turn the ball over, he's not a liability. Just 1 assist and 1 turnover for the game, but Willis' box-and-1 defense against Pledger was critical, just as much was Willis' 8 of 12 from the field.
Ty Nurse | Nurse is an over-dribbler and I think that's his biggest problem. He dominates the ball sometimes and that creates a lull in the offense and makes it difficult to create something. Nurse didn't shoot particularly well, 2 of 10, but he did have 7 assists and 0 turnovers being such a primary ball-handler, that's what you need. Had a real pretty alley-oop to Tolbert.
Luke Adams | Wasn't asked to do too much, but he played 35 minutes. He wasn't really a positive or a negative offensively and he played good defense. Amazingly, the only three guards that played were Adams, Nurse and Willis. No other guard came off the bench.
Jordan Tolbert | Missed just about all of his short jump-shots, but continues to display the athleticism that you know will eventually translate when he has a summer to improve his game. Finished with 9 points, 6 boards, 1 assist, 2 turnovers, 2 blocks and 3 steals. Busy night.
Robert Lewandowski | Lew was 1 of 7 from the field in the first half and 7 of 12 from the field in the second half. Seemed like he just couldn't miss later in the second half. Finished with 16 points and 6 boards.
Jaye Crockett | Much like Adams, Crockett was relatively quiet offensively, finishing with just 4 points, but he did have 6 boards, 2 turnovers, 3 blocks and 1 steal. He was the only player that played significant minutes off the bench.
Clark Lammert | Minimal minutes.