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Saturday, January 9, 2016

Red Raiders regretful after loss to Kansas

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) has a dunk attempt stuffed by Texas Tech forward Justin Gray (5) during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

Kansas guard Wayne Selden Jr. (1) has a dunk attempt stuffed by Texas Tech forward Justin Gray (5) during the first half, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016 at United Spirit Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

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— When they looked at their hands in the wake of a 69-59 loss to the nation’s No. 1 college basketball team, the Texas Tech players weren’t in anyway tempted to use them to pat themselves on the back.

Instead, they reflected on what they let slip through their fingers.

“Kansas is a good team, a very good defensive team, all praise to them,” said Texas Tech sophomore Justin Gray, who came off the bench for 10 points and a spectacular blocked shot from behind on a Wayne Selden dunk attempt. “But I think we could have gotten this one tonight and we let it get away.”

A 9 for 19 performance from the free-throw line ranked atop the Red Raiders’ list of regrets. Next was a 42-26 disadvantage on the boards. And second-half defense that enabled Kansas to score nine field goals from close range and five on open three-pointers also left the home team feeling as if it could have scored a major upset.

“We were going against one of the deepest teams in America and the best team in America,” Tech coach Tubby Smith said. “If you don’t execute to perfection you’re going to get exposed at both ends of the court. ... We had some opportunities going against the No. 1 team in the country and they proved whey they’re No. 1.”

Kansas defended wide-bodied sophomore center Norense Odiase well in the first half, holding him scoreless on 0 for 4 shooting. Odiase took his game to the perimeter and made all seven field-goal attempts in the second half, keeping Tech in the game. But Kansas made 5 of 8 threes in the second half and 14 of 16 free throws on the night.

“A lot of things did us in tonight,” Smith said. “We didn’t rebound the ball. We didn’t defend like we should in the second half. You put the free-throw shooting in with that and it’s a recipe for a loss.”

Texas Tech dropped to 11-3 overall and 1-2 in the Big 12.

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By the Numbers: Kansas 69, Texas Tech 59

By the Numbers: Kansas 69, Texas Tech 59

Comments

Bryce Landon 3 years, 6 months ago

Texas Tech will be in the NCAA Tournament this year. Bank on it.

Andy Tweedy 3 years, 6 months ago

I'd like to agree with you, but I just can't. The Big XII might get 7 teams tops, and you can bank on KU, OU, ISU and WV. That means TT has to finish in front of three other Big XII teams, and I can't say with any amount of certainty that's going to happen. You might be right, but I'm not seeing it.

Aaron Paisley 3 years, 6 months ago

Tech could very easily finish above TCU, Texas, and OSU this year.

Brett McCabe 3 years, 6 months ago

What's up with all the weird photo choices today? We won the game, didn't we?

Kent Richardson 3 years, 6 months ago

We were the better team end of story. I don't think they let it get away. We got them down at the start of the 2nd and when they made runs and got it down to a couple of possessions we stretched it out again. Better FT shooting wouldn't do it and they hit some really tough shots to stay around as long as they did.

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