The Texas Tech Red Raiders men's basketball team has been off to a great start this season thanks to a balanced scoring attack. While it is always nice to have a lot of players contributing on offense, there are going to be some games that require one player to take over the offense on their own. No player on the Red Raiders has shown an ability to carry the offense quite like Anthony Livingston. His great performance against the Rice Owls and UT San Antonio Roadrunners is why he is the Texas Tech basketball player of the week.
Anthony Livingston is in his first season with the Texas Tech Red Raiders after transferring from Arkansas State. The Washington DC native proved he could dominate on offense with the Red Wolves, but he has continued his excellent play against much tougher competition with Texas Tech. He may not end up being the leading scorer on the team at the end of the season, but there is no denying that Antony Livingston has been a key factor in the Red Raiders' solid start this year.
After struggling against Incarnate Word and Idaho State at the end of November, Livingston got his shooting touch back last weekend against the Rice Owls. With most of the starters struggling to score, the Texas Tech Red Raiders found themselves in a very close game against Rice University. Anthony Livingston was dominating on offense the entire second half, so it was no surprise when coach Chris Beard asked him to take the final shot of the game with the team down two points. While Livingston missed the three-point attempt, he was fouled on the shot. The senior forward then showed his experience by hitting three clutch free throws to seal the 85-84 win for the Red Raiders.
Anthony Livingston backed up his dominating performance against the Rice Owls with a solid game against the Roadrunners of UT San Antonio. The Red Raiders were in control throughout the entire game, so Livingston was not asked to do much against the Roadrunners. He ended up hitting four of his seven shots to finish with 10 points in only 26 minutes of playing time.
The schedule is about to get a lot harder for the Texas Tech Red Raiders as they start to play other teams in the Big 12 Conference. The team may not contend for a conference title, but Anthony Livingston and the rest of the Texas Tech roster are far more experienced than most college basketball teams. If they can get one player to deliver like Anthony Livingston did over the last week, then it will not be shocking to see Texas Tech pull off a few upsets before the end of the season.