Defense is nothing new for Texas Tech. It's something they've excelled at since Bob Knight's first game. The biggest problem this team faced was finding an offensive identity. Last season the story was that Andre Emmett would score a bunch of points, but other teams would limit the rest of the team. It looked like this season might be the same story, but things have changed. Stronger play in the post has forced teams to draw their defenses in a bit. Players like Robert Tomaszek have been key on the offensive end. The flashes he showed last season are becoming much more consistent during this campaign. This in turn allowed the perimeter players to get better looks. Ronald Ross is one of the players that has benefited from the improved post play. Ross has scored in double digits in the last three games, and looks like he could become a player who compliments Andre Emmett on the offensive end.
The Red Raiders will face their biggest challenge yet when they host Oklahoma this coming Monday. The 11th ranked Sooners will play some of the best defense Texas Tech will face this season. The victory over Oklahoma State showed that Texas Tech has he offensive weapons to dominate teams, but will the Red Raiders have the same success against Oklahoma? Texas Tech can win the game, but the key will be consistent production from someone not named Andre Emmett. It is probably safe to assume that Emmett will get his points, but someone like Ross needs to force the Oklahoma defense to change their game plan. While the offense tries to find a mix that works, the defense will have to keep the game close. This defense is capable of shutting down he Oklahoma offense, which has shown signs of weakness recently.