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Player of the week: Norense Odiase

It’s not always a matter of points

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Weird choice, isn’t it? Watching last week’s players’ stats, Norense certainly wasn’t the best contributor overall. Actually, his performance against Kansas State might put a few noses out, but what he did with Kansas was really impressing. In addition, coach Beard publicly praised him in the press conference after the Wildcats game. These were his words:

Odiase only recorded two points and five rebounds against Kansas State, but he was a constant presence under the basket, fighting for every ball. So he also had a block and two steals.

But what he did against Kansas In Lawrence really made us discover which kind of player he is, as he had his seasons highs in minutes (20, like against Wofford and, later, Kansas State), and points, 12, plus eight rebounds, equally divided in offensive and defensive.

He was one of the biggest keys for the Red Raiders victory, as Texas Tech won the rebounds battle, or better, dominated it, 44-29, and Norense was the best contributor. He and Keenan Evans were the Matadors in that night to remember.

NCAA Basketball: Kansas State at Texas Tech Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Now, the Red Raiders won 14 of their 15 games, and they are ranked no. 8 in the nation. With No. 9 Oklahoma and No. 2 West Virginia as next opponents, Norense has to continue his growth like, after all, the entire team.