Texas Tech Falls In Last Second Heartbreaker Against #8 Kansas
With an official attendance of 12,667, Texas Tech came out and literally laid it all out on the line against a very good Kansas team. Kansas simply muscled up and hit the game-winner with 1.7 seconds to go, clinching a final of 64-63.
With excellent play by a young man that’s quickly becoming a great player in Robert Turner, the Red Raiders fed off the energy from the point and the bigs, Dejan Kravic and Jordan Tolbert, cleaned up nicely. Hannahs added some shots, but the sixth man of the game has to go to Forward Kader Tapsoba. No, he didn’t score any points, and no he didn’t make any huge plays; Tapsoba instead acted as the main force against returning stud Joel Embiid, giving Embiid a physical helping all evening.
Tech went 24 of 51 from the field against Kansas’ 19-42. Tech made six three’s while Kansas made four; however the real story lies at the free throw line where Kansas attempted 30 free throws to Tech’s 14. Tech had 21 fouls to Kansas’ 16.
Overall, the Red Raiders fall to .500 on the season at 13-13 and 5-8 in conference play. Tech will play at Oklahoma State, featuring Marcus Smart’s debut after his three-game suspension, on Saturday at 12:30.
Head Coach Tubby Smith has done wonders for this program, and if the improvement continues, as it should, this team will truly become a legitimate key player in the Big 12. Yet, we’re not done with the hopes for this season. With five games remaining and a slight chance of NIT ball, we could potentially see the greatness grow over the next few weeks.