Texas Tech beat Kansas by 29 factors on Saturday, in a sport that was not aggressive to start with, center or finish. Granted, Kansas is with out three of its prime six gamers and barely resembles the staff that was No. 1 within the preseason. Nonetheless, the Jayhawks seem headed for a No. Three or No. four seed within the NCAA Event, and Texas Tech made them seem like a scared highschool staff.
That is new.
Texas Tech (22-5) has had the NCAA’s greatest protection for a lot of the season, however solely not too long ago has it developed the flexibility to place a meat necklace round anyone’s neck and throw them right into a lion’s den.
One month in the past, Kansas State (which additionally has an elite protection) held Texas Tech to 45 factors. Since then, the Crimson Raiders are averaging 77 factors per sport, and their KenPom offensive effectivity score has gone from sub-100 to 47th.
Texas Tech’s final loss got here at Kansas on Feb. 2. Texas Tech went 6-for-28 from the Three-point line that day. Since then, the Crimson Raiders are on fireplace. They made eight the subsequent sport in opposition to West Virginia, then 10 in opposition to Oklahoma, 12 in opposition to Oklahoma State, 12 in opposition to Baylor and 16 in opposition to KU. Throughout their five-game win streak, the Crimson Raiders are averaging 80 factors per sport and capturing 48 p.c from the Three-point line.
Below these situations, Texas Tech is unbeatable. These 5 wins got here by a mean margin of 25 factors.
Led by a possible lottery choose in Jarrett Culver, the Crimson Raiders are larger than the sum of their components.
Nice sufficient, immediately, to go all the way in which.