The postseason hopes of the Texas Tech Red Raiders (14-7, 4-6) tool a major hit with today's loss to the Oklahoma Sooners (17-4, 8-2). Oklahoma guard Quannas White led the way with a career high 23 points.
The first half of this game was played extremely close. Neither team was able to get a lead larger than 5 points. The Red Raiders used a late run to take a 35-34 lead at the half.
Oklahoma took control in the second half. While the Sooners were unable to get a commanding lead, they did hold a lead for almost the entire second half. Oklahoma held off a late Texas Tech run to win by a score of 63-58.
During the first half, it looked like the Red Raiders were able to carry over some of the offensive momentum from their victory over Iowa State. In the second half, the offensive problems started to show up again. Once again, Andre Emmett and Kasib Powell led the Texas Tech offense. Both players scored 14 points. The most disappointing offensive statistic is the lack of scoring from the Texas Tech big men. It is going to be impossible to have offensive consistency until the Red Raiders can find a consistent offensive threat on the inside.
The Red Raiders accomplished most of their goals on defense today. The effort to stop the Oklahoma inside game was successful, but the Oklahoma guards picked up the slack, and led the Sooners to victory. The only real complaint offensively is the lack of defensive rebounding. Other than that, this was another solid defensive performance.