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Texas Tech Loses to TCU in the Final Seconds, 62-61.

The Raiders are now 16-8 (4-7).

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Confused. That is how I feel after another conference road loss. We are an older team with plenty of experience, but absolutely cannot win a game on the road. This was a must win for the Red Raiders and they couldn't get it done. I said last week Tech needed to win two of their last four road games and so now they need desperately to win two of three. After a loss like this it feels like all hopes of the NCAA tourney are lost, but technically there is still a shot. We have back to back home games against Kansas and Baylor and must win one. Of course if we lose both the NIT is where we will be.

Last night was about as sloppy of a game as I have seen this year and neither team looked as though they belonged in the NCAA tourney. TCU finished the game with 21 turnovers and Tech was able to capitalize with 28 points. Keenan Evans was magnificent once again scoring 20 points with 3 rebounds.

Game Notes:

  • Here is the complete box score.
  • The Red Raiders went 6 of 10 (60%) from the free throw line.
  • Tech had only 9 turnovers compared to TCU’s 21. How could we have not escaped with a win with that stat?
  • Tech’s last possession of the game began with 30 seconds left in the game. Keenan Evans drove the ball and was fouled with 13 seconds left to play. After the free throws the game was tied 60-60 and TCU had the last shot with 13 seconds to play. I don't feel this is what Beard wanted in that situation. Evans probably should have held the ball until about the 8 second mark then drove the ball for the shot. Bottom line is we gave TCU too much time to win the game.
  • The Big 12 refs were at it again by calling a weak foul with 1.4 seconds left on the clock and virtually deciding the game for all of us. Take a look and decide for yourself.

Next up, the Red Raiders will face the Kansas Jayhawks in Lubbock on Saturday at 1:00.