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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Texas Tech coach Mark Adams crossed the handshake line after Iowa State’s 72-41 blowout in the Big 12 Tournament quarterfinals, then pulled away Cyclones coach TJ Otzelberger to whisper some kind words.
“I told TJ we probably couldn’t have played better than what we did tonight,” Adams said Thursday night.
At both ends of the floor.
Terrence Shannon Jr. led the way on offense, while Kevin McCullar returned from injury to contribute 11 points and Adonis Arms and Kevin Obanor scored 10 apiece. And on defense, the No. 14 Red Raiders forced the sloppy Cyclones to commit 20 turnovers and a 5-for-25 night from beyond the 3-point arc.
Unsurprisingly, the Red Raiders led 39-20 at halftime and went the rest of the way in a showdown with No. 7 seed Oklahoma on Friday night. The Sooners upset third-seeded Baylor 72-67 earlier in the night.
“We just watched Oklahoma beat Baylor and I feel like that fueled us more,” Shannon said, “and we also saw that Texas had a 20-point lead and blew it away, so we knew any team could win today. We did our best to come out strong.”
The Cyclones (20-12), who started the season 12-0 and beat the Red Raiders in early January, are now left to sweat in Selection on Sunday. They did themselves a disservice with a dismal performance on Thursday night.
“They played very well. Very well prepared for this game,” Otzelberger said, “and from our side it was completely unacceptable. … It’s not our proudest moment and an unacceptable effort. We just have to be better.
Tyrese Hunter led the Cyclones with nine points, although he also had seven turnovers. All-Big 12 guard Izaiah Brockington scored seven goals but was just 3 of 16 from the field and 1 of 6 from the 3-point line.
“We have to leave this game behind us,” Hunter said. “It’s a quick turnaround. Put it behind us and watch the next game.
Texas Tech is one of the most experienced teams in the country, starting a junior alongside four seniors, and it showed from the first minute, when the Red Raiders executed a crisp attack down the half court that produces easy inner buckets.
The difference came when Texas Tech went into transition.
Whether it was a long 3-point miss — Iowa State was 3 of 15 from the arc in the first half — or one of the Cyclones’ 10 normally safe turnovers, the Red Raiders ran fast on the ground for uncontested layups.
They were leading 39-20 at halftime, and much of that was down to a 12-0 advantage on fast breaks.
The lead could have been bigger too. Texas Tech gained possession when Iowa State’s Caleb Grill went out of bounds with 1.2 seconds left. After an inbound pass the ball went to Arms, whose shot from beyond the halfway line crossed the basket, only to be pushed back after a video review showed he left his hands for a split second in delay.
“I thought it was good,” Shannon said with a smile.
Not that those three points mattered in the grand scheme of things.
The Red Raiders had the game well in hand.
Plus, they still scored the first nine points of the second half, while Iowa State kept throwing the ball away to prevent any kind of comeback in a tournament where the Cyclones have been tough to beat over the years. years.
“Just extremely happy,” Adams said. “I think we played one of the best 40 minutes we’ve played all year. Our guys were ready to play. I’m certainly proud of their efforts, especially in defence. I thought we said that we were a great defensive team and I was proud of that.
Iowa State’s remarkable 18-win improvement over last season is sure to impress the NCAA selection committee. So he should beat Xavier, Memphis and non-conference Iowa and the Red Raiders and Texas in the Big 12.
Texas Tech went 18-0 at home this season under Adams, the Big 12 coach of the year. But the Red Raiders were just 5-8 away from home, leaving questions about their performance in the Big 12 and NCAA tournaments. Well, they answered the doubters with their performance against the Cyclones on Thursday night.
The Red Raiders play the Sooners on Friday night for a spot in the championship game. They shared two meetings earlier this season with Oklahoma winning in a rout at Norman and Texas Tech returning the favor to Lubbock.
No. 14 Texas Tech 72, Iowa St. 41
IOWA ST. (20-12) — Conditt 1-1 0-0 2, Kunc 1-3 2-2 5, Brockington 3-16 0-0 7, Hunter 4-9 0-2 9, Kalscheur 1-5 3-4 5 , Grill 2-6 0-0 6, Jones 2-4 1-2 5, Walker 1-1 0-0 2, Enaruna 0-1 0-0 0, Jackson 0-2 0-0 0, Boothe 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 15-48 6-10 41.
TEXAS TECH (24-8) – Obanor 4-9 2-2 10, Williams 2-6 2-4 6, Arms 5-7 0-2 10, Shannon 5-9 3-4 15, Warren 4-7 0- 0 9, Nadolny 1-3 2-2 4, McCullar 4-6 0-0 11, Batcho 0-0 0-0 0, Santos-Silva 2-5 1-2 5, Wilson 0-0 0-0 0, Agbo 1-3 0-0 2, Allen 0-1 0-0 0. TOTALS 28-56 10-16 72.
Halftime–Texas Tech 39-20. 3-point goals – Iowa St. 5-25 (Grill 2-6, Kunc 1-2, Hunter 1-4, Brockington 1-6, Enaruna 0-1, Jackson 0-2, Kalscheur 0-4), Texas Tech 6-17 (McCullar 3-4, Shannon 2-3, Warren 1-3, Agbo 0-1, Allen 0-1, Arms 0-1, Nadolny 0-1, Williams 0-1, Obanor 0-2). Rebounds – Iowa St. 23 (Kunc 6), Texas Tech 39 (Obanor 6). Assists — Iowa St. 11 (Jones 3), Texas Tech 14 (Warren, McCullar 3). Total Fouls – Iowa St. 16, Texas Tech 12.