January 11, 2012

Kansas defeats Tech, 81-46

Texas Tech certainly didn't look like the team it had been in its first two games of Big 12 Conference game against Kansas in an 81-46 beat down Wednesday in Lubbock.

Not even close.

"Just a real good whipping," Tech head coach Billy Gillispie said. "I don't like it, but it looks like our players don't like it as much as I don't like it and give all the credit to Kansas. They've got a real nice team and were able to do whatever they wanted to do on both ends of the court.

"We didn't give them any opposition at all. Played for about, I don't know, 10 or 12 minutes until we got to 20 (points) and seemed like we stayed there forever and then got to 30 and seemed like we stayed there forever. Gotta play better."

The Red Raiders (7-8, 0-3 in Big 12 play) looked poised for another strong early performance when it took an 8-2 lead at the 15:19 mark, but that was about as close as they got.

The officiating was called extremely tight and Gillispie drew a technical foul with 10:02 to go in the first half down 9-8. Shortly after that, Terran Petteway picked up two intentional fouls and was thrown out of the game per NCAA rules.

But it was only 22-18 at that point.

The Red Raiders lost control of the game as Kansas (13-3, 3-0) outscored Tech 13-2 and Tech missed three shots and turned over three possessions in the final five minutes for a 35-20 Jayhawk lead.

"I don't think we went out of control," forward Jaye Crockett said. "But I think we might have focused too much on the technical instead of playing our game."

Things weren't going to get any better from there.

Even Kansas coach Bill Self said it was more that Tech just had a poor shooting day rather than what the Jayhawks were doing defensively. Tech made just 16-of-51 shots from the field for an abysmal 31.4 shooting percentage. The Red Raiders made just one-of-11 3-point attempts and Ty Nurse didn't have a single point.

The end result was Tech's lowest scoring performance of the year. The previous low had been a 60-49 loss against Indiana State on Nov. 24.

There were even more concerning signs than the shooting numbers, however.

"We had no pace on offense," Gillispie said. "We're not working hard enough the receive the ball, we're not initiating offense quickly enough, we're not reversing the ball quickly enough and we're not reversing the ball quickly enough, we're not playing inside-out like we needed to play. We were going to try to get the ball inside either off the dribble or on the pass… We just had no presence in the paint on our offensive end."

The Jayhawks outmuscled Tech for 40 rebounds compared to Tech's 24 boards.

Kansas also shot 50 percent and had three players in double-digit scoring. Thomas Robinson led the way with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Bean Willis led Tech with 12 points -- a five-of-11 shooting performance plus two free throws. Crockett finished second in scoring for Tech with nine points, a two-of-12 shooting performance and five-of-six made free throws.

Still, after two decent performances before Wednesday's laugher Gillispie hopes Red Raider fans don't hit the panic button, There are at least 15 more games to play.

"We knew going in we had to play every possession and get better in every aspect of our game," Gillispie said. "We know today and moving forward and we'll know Saturday and it's what we know moving forward. There's no panic button for us. We're going to try to get better, we're going to play harder and smarter together."

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