Texas Tech Falls to Texas in Austin Over the Weekend 67-64 to Drop to 8-8 on the Season
Tubby Smith and the Texas Tech men’s basketball team find themselves sitting at 8-8 and 0-3 in Big 12 play as they fell over the weekend to the University of Texas 67-64. The team made the trip up to Austin in hopes that they could earn Texas Tech their first win in Austin since the program entered the Big 12 in 1996. The team is now 0-18 in the Frank Erwin Center.
The Red Raider would keep the game tight through out the contest led by Jaye Crockett (pictured below) and Robert Turner who both poured in 19 points in the loss. Tubby Smith’s team would struggle from the free-throw line as they shot under their average going 16-23 (69.6%) while the Longhorns had one of their better outings from the charity strike. They were able to connect on 18 of 21 (85.7%) attempts which proved to be the difference in the game.
Texas (12-4, 1-2) desperately needed the win. The Longhorns started 0-5 in conference play last season and never recovered, tailing off into the program’s first losing season in 15 years. A similar start might have doomed coach Rick Barnes’ rebuilding project. Tubby Smith and the Red Raider are in a similar state as they are now on a three game conference losing streak.
Senior Jaye Crockett’s 19 points gives him 1,017 points for his career, making him the 36th member of the Red Raiders’ 1,000-Point Club. Crockett and the rest of the team will try and get their season back on track when they play host to the Baylor Bears on Wednesday. Tip off for that game is set for 8pm from the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock and can be seen on ESPNU.