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Texas Tech Beats TCU, 76-69, But Loses Key Player To Foot Injury

Tech gets their second conference win of the season and is back on track after losing 4 in a row.

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Well that was huge! I think we all agreed before the game this was a must win for the Red Raiders. Finally, they figured out a way to close a game with three minutes to go. This win did come with an enormous price as Norense Odiase broke his foot in the first half and is going to miss some games.

First Half

It was all offense as both teams were flying up and down the floor. Texas Tech shot 63% from the field and was 4 of 6 from three point land. Just a few minutes into the game Tubby Smith pulled his starting 5 and let the bench play. Apparently he was frustrated with the way the game started so wanted to make a point. The 5 bench players, led by Grey, were fantastic. The bench ended up accounting for 28 points in the first half. That has to be the most bizarre stat we have seen from Tech this year. Halftime score had Tech leading 42-35. In Tubby Smiths's post game interview he said he played the 5 bench players because they were just as good as the starting 5. Sending a message?

Second Half

Texas Tech led by as many as 11 in the second half, but never could put TCU away. With three minutes to go TCU regained the lead. The biggest factor allowing TCU to keep the game close was their offensive rebounding. Since Odiase went out in the first half and did not return. Temple was the only true center in the game. TCU took full advantage on the boards.

Game Notes

  • Tubby Smith confirmed that Norense Odiase broke his fourth metatarsal in the first half of the game. This is obviously really bad news. Who starts at center, Ross or Temple?
  • Tech shot the ball well tonight. 55% from the field, 60% (9/15) three pointers, and 71% (15/21) at the charity stripe.
  • Our 6th and 7th men were the leading scorers tonight. Justin Grey with 14 and Aaron Ross with 16.
  • This is Tech's first conference road win in quite some time. Their last conference road win was two seasons ago at OU on Feb 12th, 2014.
Tech's reward for a solid win tonight? #11 West Virginia Saturday at noon. Oh man the conference grind...