Tubby Smith and the Red Raiders Fall at #8 Kansas 82-57
The Texas Tech Red Raider basketball team made the trip to Lawrence, Kansas on Wednesday as they took on the #8 ranked Jayhawks. Tubby Smith and company were looking to get some revenge from a tough last second loss at home to Kansas back on February 18th by a score of 64-63. They were also looking to earn a win in their final conference road game of the regular season.
This game would go nothing like the first one did for Texas Tech however as Kansas gave the Red Raider one of their worst losses of the season on Wednesday night. Tech would come out slow, scoring just 19 first half points and by half time the lead was already up to 20 points at 39-19. The second half would be much of the same although Tech did get some offense going, but in the end it was too little too late as the Red Raiders went on to lose by a final score of 82-57. The team shot just over 35% from the field on 18 of 51 field goal attempts, along with turning the ball over 13 times in the loss.
"Basketball is a game of runs, during the game and even with games," forward Jaye Crockett said. "We know it's going to be tough. We know what we're getting ourselves into." Crockett, who has been the most consistent player for first year head coach Tubby Smith this year, really struggled to get going offensively as the Jayhawks limited the senior to just nine points while making him force a team high three turnovers.
The Red Raiders must knock off Texas on Saturday and then win the Big 12 tournament, which would be winning four games in four days, to finish the season at least .500. Tip off for that match up against the Longhorns is set for 3pm from the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock and can be seen on ESPNews.