Jayhawks Defeat Red Raiders, 65-56

The postseason chances of the Texas Tech Red Raiders (16-10, 6-9) were wiped out with a loss to the Kansas Jayhawks (23-6, 13-2). Keith Langford led all scorers with 20 points.

Both teams shot remarkably well during the first half.  The good shooting was largely a result of defensive breakdowns that allowed both teams to get easy looks at the basket.  As the half went on the athleticism of Kansas began to wear on Texas Tech.  Kansas extended their lead throughout the half to lead 39-28 at the half.

 

Texas Tech played well in the second half, but Kansas matched them basket for basket.  The Red Raiders made numerous runs, but Kansas answered every time to keep the lead at or near double digits.  Kansas won the game by a score of 65-56.

 

Offense

 

On the offensive end of the court, this game was a carbon copy of most of the Red Raiders' losses this season.   Once again, Andre Emmett and Kasib Powell were the only players who scored in double figures.  Emmett scored a team high 16 points.  Powell scored 10 points and dished out 5 assists.  It will be interesting to see what, if any, changes Texas Tech makes on the offensive end.  With their tournament hopes eliminated, there is an opportunity for some of the bench players to get some quality playing time.

 

Defense

 

The Red Raiders have played solid defense all season and tonight was no exception.  Holding Kansas to 65 points is impressive, especially when you consider the problems that Texas Tech has had in transition.  Unfortunately, the lack of offensive production made this game almost impossible to win.  It is great to see the Red raiders play with great defensive intensity, despite the inability of the offense to produce.


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