Heading into tonight's matchup, Tubby Smith and the Texas Tech Red Raiders knew they had to find support for Jaye Crockett. The supporting role was assumed by none other than Robert Turner who poured in a team leading 16 points as TTU downed the Oklahoma Sooners 68-60.
After holding one of the nation's premier offenses to a season low, the smothering Tech defense appeared to give and nearly break. Leading by 20 points with 13:32, the perimeter broke open as Oklahoma drilled three consecutive 3-pointers en route to a 21-4 run cutting the lead to a mere possession. Clearly, the Sooners had the momentum but could never take the lead.
From then on, the Red Raiders made trip after trip to the charity stripe building a small lead before time expired. The loss marks the third in four games for OU who need to get things sorted out soon.
The Sooners got a bit of productivity out of the bench as Tyler Neal put up 7 points. Combine those points with Je'lon Hornbeak's 9 (all coming in the second half) and you couldn't have asked more from these guys. Yet, while the bench provided a spark, it was the starting five that struggled for a majority of the game.
Although Cameron Clark found the bottom of the net for 16 points, it was Buddy Hield falling into a slump with only 3 points on the evening. Not only was Oklahoma out of sync, Ryan Spangler recorded four rebounds, all on the offensive glass. Credit Tubby Smith and his coaching style for pushing Lon Kruger out of a rhythm leaving him searching for an answer.
Will they be able to find an answer in Gallagher-Iba?