In the second half Texas Tech showcased it's depth. Coach Bob Knight primarily used his bench players for the second half. Texas Tech continued to extend their lead with their bench players in. Texas Tech won by a final score of 107-35
It's always a good sign when a team can score 107 points. It's even better when they can do it with their bench players. The Texas Tech offense looked good in today's game. Even with the bench players in the offense continued to work extremely well. The Red Raiders finished the game with 6 players in double figures. Andre Emmett once again led all scorers with 21 points. Will Chavis, with 13 points, and Nathan Doudney with 10 points, were the only other starters in double figures. John Ofoegbu, Mickey Michalec, and Ronald Ross scored in double figures off the bench. The offense was most successful off the fast break, but the Red Raiders also had success in the half court offense. The Red Raiders made 55.4% of their shots and grabbed 19 offensive rebounds. It was nice to see the bench players get some serious playing time in today's game. There are some good young players on this team who should be pushing for playing time in the near future. This depth will be important during the tough conference schedule.
The defense played their best game of the season today. The texas Tech defense gave up just 35 points in the game. The key to today's defensive performance was pressure on the ball. This pressure caused steals throughout the game. The Red Raiders set a new school record with 24 steals. This eclipsed the record of 16 that they set against UTEP earlier this year. When the Texas Tech defense is working well it can be a thing of beauty. The entire team seems to know exactly when to jump into the passing lanes to get a steal. The defense is going to be one of the keys to success this season. Texas Tech is making some big strides defensively right now. One reason for the improved defense was the weakness of the opponent, but there were real improvements in play as well. Overall Texas Tech displayed much better positioning and rotation today. Their transition defense showed a major improvement as well. If the Red Raiders can continue to improve defensively, the defense could be the strongest part of the team when conference play starts.