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Saturday, January 8, 2022

Quick gamer: Red Raiders too much for No. 6 Kansas in 75-67 Texas Tech victory

Kansas' Dajuan Harris Jr. (3) lays up the ball over Texas Tech's Bryson Williams (11) and Kevin Obanor (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

Kansas' Dajuan Harris Jr. (3) lays up the ball over Texas Tech's Bryson Williams (11) and Kevin Obanor (0) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson)

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Playing without its top two scorers, No. 25 Texas Tech knocked off No. 6 Kansas, 75-67 on Saturday afternoon at United Supermarkets Arena.

The Red Raiders (11-3 overall, 1-1 Big 12) led for 33:21 of Saturday’s game — compared to just 1:29 for Kansas — and had their way with the Jayhawks in the paint, outscoring KU 44-18 at or near the rim.

The loss ended KU’s eight-game winning streak and dropped the Jayhawks to 12-2 overall and 1-1 in Big 12 play.

Senior guard Ochai Agbaji led the Jayhawks with 24 points on 7 of 12 shooting, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range. But he also battled foul trouble throughout most of the second half, sitting for roughly 4 minutes after picking up his fourth foul at the 13:05 mark on a charging call in transition.

Jalen Wilson also topped the 20-point mark for Kansas, hitting 20 points on the nose on 6-of-8 shooting. Wilson started in place of Remy Martin, who played just 12 minutes while still dealing with a sore right knee.

KU senior Mitch Lightfoot again started at the 5 for the Jayhawks, but neither he nor David McCormack were effective in this one, combining for 4 points and 6 rebounds in 24 minutes.

KJ Adams and Zach Clemence also saw time at the 5 for the Jayhawks, but no one in that group was able to put up much resistance against Texas Tech’s size, length and aggression.

The Red Raiders led by 14 midway through the second half and watched a 2-3 KU zone defense help trim the lead all the way down to four points in the final 2 minutes. But every time KU needed to get a stop, it seemed as if Tech had an answer on offense.

Next up, the Jayhawks will play host to Iowa State on Tuesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Stay logged on to KUsports.com for more from tonight’s game.

Comments

Barry Weiss 4 months, 1 week ago

we got hammered on the boards, had no rim protection and gave up the paint at will, had way more turnovers than tech. Its amazing the score was as close as it was. Can't win all the games on the road, but that one was winnable. We got nothing out of the 5. As poorly as DMac played, Mitch was a ghost...no points, no rebounds. The only good thing was the reemergence of JW.

Bryce Landon 4 months, 1 week ago

All season long, I've been saying that this season's Kansas team is more talented and athletic than last season's team, but no tougher than last season's team. Never was that more evident than it was today. Mark Adams' team was tougher and better prepared, and it showed. We looked soft and scared, especially in the frontcourt. And that's a damning thing to say about a Bill Self-coached team. As usual, no coach in America does less with more as much as Self does.

It's too bad our program has been hamstrung by Self's lifetime contract. Because we could really use a coach like Mark Adams. Self has been preaching toughness for years, but where is it? I haven't seen consistent toughness from a Self team since the 2012 national runner-up team. By contrast, Adams not only preaches toughness, but delivers like his team did today. If Self ever retired, moved on to the NBA, was fired with cause, or had his contract voided somehow, the first coach KU's AD should call is Mark Adams. This program is stagnant, predictable, and underachieving, and we need new leadership to correct it.

VOID SELF'S LIFETIME CONTRACT!

Rodney Crain 4 months, 1 week ago

Hard to disagree with you.

Right from the jump it looked like we were outclassed. That was hard to watch.

Brett McCabe 4 months, 1 week ago

Your forgot to say that you hate TTU. Nimrod.

Rodney Crain 4 months, 1 week ago

Brett - Nimrod, also spelled Nemrod, was a legendary biblical figure, described as “the first on earth to be a mighty man. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord." He was a great grandson of Noah.

or

Did you mean the looney tunes Bugs Bunny definition?

Bryce Landon 4 months, 1 week ago

Who cares what he means? Who cares what he thinks?

Rodney Crain 4 months, 1 week ago

oh oh

  • No bench
  • No rebounding
  • Lots of turnovers
  • Foul trouble
  • Only 3 players show up

We lose by 8 in a game we barely had a lead in.
Controlled, out played, and sloppy

It is going to be a long long long season if we play like this.

Mallory Briggans 4 months, 1 week ago

For all those who put Mccormack in the hall of fame after his last game you might want to rethink things . If we have to depend on him to make this team a contender we are sadly mistaken ,He is average at best , Braun his last 3 games hasnt been what he was earlier ,hes been average at best . Braun cant create his own shot ,if he receives a pass on the perimeter he can raise up and shoot instead he drives to the basket into traffic with mixed results. Wilson finally has a breakout game offensively with 20 points ........................and we lose . Self has taken a Pac12 player of the year and 20+ per game scorer and reduced him to mush because he wants him to play Selfless in Remy Martin . Nothing offensively from Harris but that is expected ,but why ? Winnable games you should win ,this was a very winnable game and we lost. You have no idea from one game to the next who you will get scoring from.

Allin Herring 4 months ago

I totally agree with you. His one good game does not mean much especially since he can play fairly well against lower level 5"s. Yesterdays game is the true Mack! He needs to sit so far down the bench that he can also sub for the hot dog vendor! The Big 12 has figured out Braun and is stuffing the middle with his drives. and Self Has ruined Remy's game completely. Please Free Remy Martin. Especially during those times when Agbaji disappears from the game. If any of you think KU will get a #1 seed let me tell you that will not happen until we find a Center that can play. We have 2 choices left. One let Adams play more or two take the Red shirt tag off of Martin.

Benjamin Shear 4 months, 1 week ago

Obiter Dictum:

*Always stings to lose. I have nothing to base this on, but I truly felt KU is the better team and was a possession or two away from wining for the last 10 minutes of the game.

*It'a hard to win when you get 6 points and 7 rebounds out of your 5 (that's Lightfoot, Clemence, and DMac combined).

*Nadolny is a floppy boi.

*I don't like to complain about refs....but....I'm gonna complain about the refs. It's fine if they call the game tight, but it seemed extremely one sided. I am obvious biased, but there sure were a lot of no calls in favor of Tech.

*I hope we can see more of this Wilson! He was really good on both ends of the floor.

*Braun looked off the entire game (besides that vicious slam!). He looked like he was sweating a TON. Maybe something was off with him physically.

*Remy isn't healthy. I hope his knee can truly heal up. I imagine it's just a pain tolerance issue, rather than him needing more time off.

*I was happy to see HCBS try zone. This is the kind of flexibility we will need to win the conference this year. Speaking of winning the conference. The winner will likely win all home games and 50-60% of away games. No one is running the table this year.

*Losing stinks. Next play.

Barry Weiss 4 months, 1 week ago

no doubt our offense needs a healthy Remy. He just creates scoring plays that our other guards can't.

Thomas Harrison 4 months, 1 week ago

Kansas was outmanned today! 4 years under the threat of Probation has not allowed Adequate recruiting MUST RETOOL WHEN POSSIBLE!

Tony Bandle 4 months, 1 week ago

Random Thoughts:

1]This year's team is an enigma to me. I see lots of talent but little toughness.

2] It seems like a boat filled with strong oar men but everybody is rowing in a different direction.

3] There is no killer instinct........we almost look fragile.

4] Maybe this influx of new faces is taking longer to gel than we anticipated but, golly, we blow leads, are rebound-challenged and miss way to many free throws for a NCAA challenger.

5] KU seems destined to finish third, make the NCAA but lose in the second round to someone we shouldn't and generally underachieve for another season.

7] Please, if any of you fellow Hawks can tell me I'm full of crap, everything is going to be OK and this is a team of destiny, please smack me in the head and set me straight!!!

Benjamin Shear 4 months, 1 week ago

I don't think you're full of it, but you are thinking too negatively. Yes, this team is a bit of a mystery. TONS of talent, but it has not come together yet to its full potential. But...it's early January. That's how the season goes. Sometimes we have too high of expectations for KU. I think it's appropriate to expect great things, but let's be realistic with the process, how long it takes, and that it involves very real, very young men who have other things going on in life.

Thomas Harrison 4 months, 1 week ago

Hard to be very competitive Without a center!!!’

Steve Zimmerman 4 months, 1 week ago

If you folks think we can still win at least B12 this season, keep on dreaming. We just don't have what it takes to be a very good team:

First: players, as others saying, they play without killer instinct, play scared, soft.

Second: players, not as athletic, quick, and only a few that can score.

Third: you betcha, it's the so-called 'maestro of plays after time-out' coach; as the name implies, that's his specialty of coaching, pretty much it. I'm with Bryce on this one: VOID SELF'S LIFETIME CONTRACT!

Fourth: coaching staff doesn't know how to recruit the right players. Forget about recruiting players shorter than 6'3''. But this is chicken and egg problem, because coach BS' old-fashioned offense style, we'll be lucky to have another Wiggins/Embiid.

Dirk Medema 4 months, 1 week ago

Tony - You’re pretty on point and understandably frustrated. I would suggest Ben’s OD post, and 2 & 7. It will be tough to do much if we aren’t getting production from the 5-spot though I’m not sure how that is a coaching deficiency. The team needs Remy’s influence, which is why Coach recruited him, and he’s injured now. That being said, TTU was without two of their best players.

It seems that Ochai said it well, they came hungry and we didn’t. I’m not sure how that’s on Coach but maybe boot camp has become too easy or too far removed from the regular season. The team has finished early in recent years but doesn’t seem to have developed the expected toughness.

Benjamin Shear 4 months, 1 week ago

Just watched a clip of Braun's nasty dunk again. Still unsure how the ref didn't call a foul. I'm still shaking my head at how that game was called.

Dirk Medema 4 months, 1 week ago

Ben - I had the same thought watching the highlight. Ironically, CB seemed on the verge of another nasty look T.

Benjamin Shear 4 months, 1 week ago

While I prefer him NOT to get called for a technical, I do like the fire and spark I see in his game now. The team always needs that!

Dirk Medema 4 months, 1 week ago

It seems that most seasons have a game or two like this. Usually early. It’s also common to hear about the sky falling and yet 9 times out of 10 there’s at least one trophy awarded at the end of the year.

Are there as many trophies as we want? Almost never.

It also seems common that the worst case scenario is projected by some for the entire season as if the team won’t continue to practice and the coaches won’t continue to coach.

I’m not sure if the people that project the worst case are the same ones that Mallory accurately identified as projecting the best case; also based on one isolated data point. Guessing not, because negative people are negative and don’t seem to change.

Fortunately, the team does change and grow over time as Ben points out. Unfortunately, the heights that they (and we vicariously) aspire to are pretty rare, and like most of us, some of them also fall short. It is a treat to watch their pursuit of glory even if some don’t seem to realize it.

Benjamin Shear 4 months, 1 week ago

Good point. Let's keep in mind that the Big 12 is probably the deepest it has ever been this year. Additionally, having a NC caliber team is exceedingly rare, especially to have one clearly identified at this point in the season. This team has enough talent to get hot in March and rattle off 6 in a row, but it's never a likely thing for any team (except the 2019 KU team, they easily won the NC in my mind, can't take that from me!).

David Robinett 4 months, 1 week ago

Talk of NC is silly. We can’t even win the conference without Bigs- and we don’t have any.

No Simien, Robinson, Morris, LaFrentz, .. not even a Kahn. We are going to be eaten alive inside from here on.

RJ King 4 months ago

um David ... the Simien team bowed out in the 1st round to Bucknell. The T-Robb/Morri teams bowed out to Northern Iowa in the 2nd round. The brothers talked smack the following year and were smacked down by Vacuum Cleaner University in the Elite Eight.

Even lottery picks Raef LaFrentz (SR) and Paul Pierce (JR) lost to Rhode Island in the 2nd round. Our memories often serve only what we want to see.

Carolyn Hunzicker 4 months, 1 week ago

You have 2 players that can score and one that rebounds....No one in the middle. Lightfoot and McCormick play 24 minutes and score 4 points together....You have a bench full of guards and one long guy that doesn' play and their not developing ..(Clemence) I really like McCormick and if Manning was around I think he would be developed by now. But against the BIG GUYS he is lost.

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