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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Tubby Smith: Andrew Wiggins negates strong Texas Tech effort

With three seconds left, Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins puts the winning bucket off the glass to defeat Texas Tech 64-63 on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

With three seconds left, Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins puts the winning bucket off the glass to defeat Texas Tech 64-63 on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014 at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

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KANSAS 64, TEXAS TECH 63

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— First-year Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith did just about everything a coach could do to set his team up for an upset Tuesday night in United Spirit Arena.

He has partaken in marketing efforts, handing out free tickets to students to revive interest in basketball. He had his team motivated to give its best effort. His switching defenses played a part in Kansas University having trouble running its offense to completion and finding consistent rhythm.

But he wasn’t celebrating afterward because his efforts and those of his hustling players fell just short, 64-63, when Andrew Wiggins’ follow shot feel through the hoop with two seconds remaining.

What did he tell his team afterward?

“There wasn’t much to say,” Smith said after a game witnessed by 12,667 spectators, including 4,338 students. “They’re down. They’re despondent because they didn’t win. Tough loss. They felt like they played well enough to get the win. You always have to finish the game the right way to get the win.”

About the last play, Smith said, “Good teams like Kansas make plays like that. Great players make plays like that. Andrew’s a great player and great players make plays like that.“

Kansas coach Bill Self said the crowd that turned out for Tuesday’s game was something he hadn’t witnessed in Lubbock since the early years of Bob Knight’s reign.

“That’s a compliment to our fans, to our student body, our administration, especially our marketing people,” Smith said. “They’ve done a good job of getting out and spreading the word, even asked me to do some things. Our guys are playing well, playing hard. That’s what they want to see. Tonight we came close to giving a complete effort as we have.”

From this point, Smith said, “We’ll try to build on how we played the No. 8 team straight up and ought to be able to play with anyone. Tonight we let a great player beat us. We had to figure out a way to limit his touches, make him play both ends of the court. He’s such a talented athlete. You’re not going to keep him down.”

Comments

Scott MacWilliams 7 years ago

Great Win!! Tech is definitely vastly improved under Smith, and we were indeed lucky to have that 'pass' to Wigs right under the basket with 3 seconds left.
I did see Joel seemed to have some back pain, so let's hope he can keep getting as much rest and treatment as possible for the rest of the season. We really need him feeling strong from here on out.

Now it's time to hook some Horns!!

Rock Chalk!!!

Brett Glover 7 years ago

University OF Kansas. Quit sucking, Tom.

Scott Oswalt 7 years ago

How is this Tom's fault? He doesn't run the LJW, he just works there.

Dirk Medema 7 years ago

"We had to figure out a way to limit his touches, make him play both ends of the court."

Wiggs is already the focal point defender, and really has been all year. There are lots of elite players that you can reduce the effectiveness of by making them play D. For Andrew it is just routine.

Steve Zimmerman 7 years ago

Hats off to coach Tub & the Riders. They competed hard and almost caused us trouble. Well, the zone is literally a trouble for us night in night out.

Waylon Cook 7 years ago

After two heartbreakers to ISU and KU. Tubby goes to Stillwater for not-so-Smarts return. So they should get a win!

Armen Kurdian 7 years ago

For all our concern about having six losses so far, this team is still, all things considered, playing really dang well for ranking 349th in total experience and being ranked 8th.

Kit Duncan 7 years ago

It was Wiggins' switch- offs to the ball handler at the top of the key on Tech's last possession that forced Turner to run the baseline and ultimately be fouled by Embiid. Andrew wasn't going to let anyone drive the lane or make an uncontested jumper from the key. I'm guessing in the next to last timeout Wiggins was either told or asked to defend the shooter, no matter who it might be. Thus, KU's guards switched off their man on the screens and Wiggins stayed with the ball handler. I'm sure it wasn't Coach Self's plan to foul with 12.6 on the clock, even though the kid was a 65% free throw shooter (hardly a guaranteed 2 pts). Turner, to his credit hit both shots and put the pressure back on Kansas. Thankfully, Joel & Andrew combined for the winning play. (Does Joel get an assist or does Kravic?)

7 years ago

I'm not sure if the foul with 12 sec left on the clock was intentional or not, but the way Tec' had been making shots at the end of the clock I felt it was our best chance to get the win. Even if they make both free throws we still have more than enough time to to take the game, which fortunately we did. Just as impressive was JoJo's time and performance on the court, he looked more like his old self, hopefully he will be good for the rest of the season. RCJH

Kyle Crenshaw 7 years ago

Anyone else watch the replay and notice that Wiggz famed "second jump" had him in the best possible position to tip it in if his layup bounced out!? This kid is a freak athlete who could be elite if he could just figure out how to finish at the rim more consistently!

John Randall 7 years ago

I'm greedy enough to think he should opt for an off season with Andrea Hudy. Pipe dream, I'm sure, so we have to settle for what we have – which ain't too shabby.

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