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Post-Game Thoughts: Texas Tech 89, Lamar 57

It is a little tougher from here on out.

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Tortilla Tossin’ Player of the Game: I think Kevin Obanor earned this honor this game, a very efficient 20 points with 7 rebounds in just 20 minutes. A point a minute is pretty good. Pretty good.

Multi-Purpose Player of the Game: Mylik Wilson does it all and when he’s in the game the offense hums. Wilson scored just 5 points, had 4 assists, 2 turnovers, 2 steals, 3 blocks, 3 boards.

Game Notes:

  • I am glad to be done with the less than impressive teams on Texas Tech’s non-conference schedule. No offense of course, but this warm-up is never intriguing to me and I never feel like I know what the team actually is. I thought Chris Level had a good point, which is that we don’t know what happens in crunch time with this team, who do they turn to? Who takes the big shot? What’s the lineup? When the team is down, how hard do they fight? I think all of these questions get answered, but we weren’t going to get answers with these non-conference games necessarily. I think the most important part is that we get to see how these players interact, but other than that not a ton of information. That will hopefully end this week.
  • For those of you clamoring that Texas Tech be ranked, there’s really no data to rank Texas Tech as they’ve played 6 teams that are all near the bottom of college basketball. That’s the truth. We’ll know more soon.
  • Bryson Williams and Kevin Obanor had their best games with Mylik Wilson right there as well. Obanor played only 20 minutes, made 6 of 10, most of those in the first half, scoring 20 points, grabbing 7 boards, and making 3 of 6 from deep. Williams was 7 of 10, grabbed 4 boards, had 2 assists, and a steal.
  • Wilson continues to be incredibly impactful, maybe the most impactful player on the team that doesn’t score. Wilson was a +26 in +/- and +6.1 in BPM Net, which is basically having as big of a positive effect as someone like Williams who scored 20 points.
  • Other than Obanor and Williams, the other player in double-figures was Terrence Shannon, Jr. who scored 15 points on 5 of 11, including 4 of 8 from deep with 2 boards, 2 assists, a turnover, and a steal.
  • Nearly a double-double for Marcus Santos-Silva, who scored 9 points and had 12 boards, really dominating the rebounding all by himself. If MSS had mad more than 5 of 8 free throws, he would have been sailing for that double-double pretty easily. Texas Tech dominated the boards, 41 to 21.
  • Texas Tech really won this game in the first half despite it being somewhat close. Lamar made 43% of their 3-point shots and in a normal game, the score is much closer, but Texas Tech trumped that by making 57% of their 3-point shots and 62% from the floor overall. That’s how you put a team away. Lamar regressed back to their normal selves in the second half as they simply couldn’t keep the pace.
  • We get to have a bit of fun on Wednesday as Texas Tech will be in Providence, Rhode Island at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center to take on the Providence College Friars. And in case you were curious, the game will be on FS1 with a 7:30 tip-off.

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