Three takeaways from No. 11 Kansas’ win over No. 16 Texas Tech
The No. 11 Kansas Jayhawks reminded the entire Big 12 they are the team to beat on Saturday by destroying a very good defensive Texas Tech team 79-63 at home.
Kansas started off the game on fire from the field and the No. 16 Red Raiders really struggled shooting the ball in the first half going 3 for 14 from 3-point range.
This may not be the Jayhawks’ best win of the year, but it serves notice to the Big 12 that, while Kansas has its struggles inside and has lost five games already, it is still the class of the conference.
Here are three takeaways from KU’s win.
There is no defense for a hot hand
Texas Tech came into Saturday’s game with the third-best 3-point field goal defense in the NCAA, but it doesn’t matter how good a team is on D, if a team is shooting well there is very little you can do about it.
Kansas was tied for 106th in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage before Saturday’s game at 35.7 percent. It shot 60 percent from 3 in the first half making 9 of 15 attempts. And while it’s possible to say the Red Raiders maybe played bad defense on the perimeter, the fact is that on seven of the Jayhawks’ nine makes, Texas Tech did a good job of contesting. It could have even been counted as eight, but we were grading tough.
Anyone who has played basketball knows if a team or player is shooting well, there is little you can do to stop them. Texas Tech had little chance to get stops on defense in the first half.
A losing battle
The second Kansas jumped out to an early eight-point lead (10-2), Texas Tech fans knew the Red Raiders were in trouble. The Red Raiders’ issue all year long has been their inability to put the ball in the basket. Only Jarrett Culver has done it consistently and even he goes through bouts of being too passive.
Tech ranks 252nd in all of college basketball in points per game (70.7) and it has had even more trouble since the start of conference play as the team is averaging 64.3 points in eight games (5-3).
Despite this Texas Tech still has a good chance to win the Big 12 regular season title, its postseason championship and make a good run in the NCAA Tournament. It is that good defensively. However, unless the Red Raiders find something to get them going offensively, they are going to be at risk of an early exit in March Madness.
Home is where the wins are
There’s a small school in Kansas called Neosho County Community College. It tradionally has a very good baseball team and a ballpark they love to play at. In fact, there have been rumors in past years the team has offered money to opponents to play all of the games of a playoff series on their home field.
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If that were possible for Kansas basketball it would do the exact same thing. With the win over Texas Tech, the Jayhawks are now 13-0 on the season at home and 1-5 on the road. That’s a stark difference, but it is one that is understandable. Kansas has always been great at Allen Fieldhouse and this year is no exception.
However, 1-5 is probably the more notable number here. While it’s great the Jayhawks can dominate teams at home, they can’t do that in March Madness, so they better figure out their road woes. Honestly though, they’re coming off of a big win and they can think about that later. They just crushed a very good Texas Tech team.
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