When I woke this morning I was hopeful, not confident, but hopeful. After watching the Red Raiders win their last 5 against quality opponents I felt like being hopeful was reasonable. Even though Tech fell short we all got to see how far the team has come. Kansas threatened to blow the game open midway through the second half when they extended to the lead to around 20 points. But Tech answered by putting together a 10-0 run of their own and kept the game within 10 points the rest of the way. I really do think Tech would have lost by 30 points if this game was played back in January.
Today we saw the difference between a good team and a great team. All signs point to Tech being a great team in the coming years, but for now we should just appreciate being good. Being good is a great thing for this bunch and I couldn't be more excited about the way the season has played out. Today was just a reminder that we still have a ways to go. There is no shame losing by nine on road against a team that has realistic aspirations of winning the national championship. I believe we have done enough to earn a bid to the big dance while others think we still need one or two more wins. Either way, the next month should give us some exciting and meaningful basketball games. Doesn't that sound absolutely delicious?
- The Toddfather (Gotcher) led the team with 20 points and 3 steals. He kept Tech in the game offensively since no other player got to double digits.
- Tech was great from the free throw line going 16 of 18 (88.9%). I think if Tech had driven to the basket more and not settled for jump shots then free throws would have made the game closer.
- Defense was what led to the 10-0 run for the Red Raiders. Tubby Smith switched to a zone and for whatever reason Kansas could not handle it. After seeing how effective the zone was I wish coach would have run it the entire second half.