The Big 12 awards were just announced, and the Red Raiders were mentioned many times in these awards. We’ve already analyzed Chris Beard winning Coach of the Year here and Jarrett Culver winning Player of the Year here. There were many other players that were honored in this morning’s award announcement.
Matt Mooney: 2nd Team All-Big 12, All-Defense Team, All-Newcomer Team.
Mooney has been a baller during the Big 12 season. He has been a force on the defensive side of the ball all season long and has recently found his shot on the offensive end. He is on three of the Big 12’s Award lists which is very impressive. He has averaged 11 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, and 1.7 steals on the season. He has been a lockdown defender all year long, often shutting down the opposing team’s best guard while being able to fill the stat sheet on the offensive end in most games.
Jarrett Culver: Big 12 Player of the Year, Unanimous All-Big 12 First Team.
Culver has been amazing for this team this season. The only bittersweet thing in all of this is that Culver will most likely leave us at the end of the season to join the NBA, a great opportunity for this University to be seen on the biggest basketball stage in the world. Culver put up 31 points yesterday, putting him over the top for this award. He is averaging 18.3 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1 steal. He will be the rock for this team going into the Big 12 and NCAA Tournament.
Jarrett Culver with the pull-up in transition. He's feeling it today. pic.twitter.com/8w6haBSzPa— Basketball Society (@BBallSociety_) March 9, 2019
Tariq Owens: All-Big 12 Defensive Team, Honorable Mention All-Big 12.
Owens has been the man on the defensive end of the floor this season, protecting the rim like one else. Owens has averaged 8.6 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks this season. Owens has been great in his one season as a Red Raider and will be crucial to the success of the team down the stretch.
Semi-impressive feed via Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver to Tariq Owens: pic.twitter.com/bePHkqIbNp— Eli Hershkovich (@EliHershkovich) January 29, 2019
Davide Moretti: All Big 12 Third-Team.
Let’s be honest, Moretti got snubbed for Most Improved Player. He has been the most improved player on this team and has been lethal and efficient during Big 12 play this season. He is allowing 11.6 points and 2.3 assists this season. He has been great at running the offense and has turned into a great defender, something that wasn’t a given last season.
There’s a lot to unpack in this #WreckEm OT win over #OKState but let’s not leave Davide Moretti out. 12-for-12 at the line and hit just about every big FT for the #RedRaiders including the game-winner. #OKSTvsTTU @Heartland_CS pic.twitter.com/ZzPdDImiMA— Matthew Postins (@PostinsPostcard) February 28, 2019
This has been a great Big 12 season for the Red Raiders, something not many people outside of Lubbock predicted. It’s been amazing to watch this team and it will be awesome to watch them in the coming weeks.