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Texas Tech basketball 2021 Texas Tech Basketball. Arkansas poses different challenge

Texas Tech basketball 2021 Texas Tech Basketball. Arkansas poses different challenge
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Texas Tech basketball 2021 Texas Tech Basketball. Arkansas poses different challenge

Texas Tech basketball Texas Tech basketball poses Texas Basketball: Arkansas challenge different Tech

Sun, 21 Mar 2021 18:00:00 -0700

Texas Tech had a sound gameplan against Utah State, but Arkansas will bring an entirely different challenge to the table

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Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard yells to his team during the first round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament on Friday, March 19, 2021, at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.

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After a particularly sluggish first half on offense, the Texas Tech basketball team woke up in the second half to take care of Utah State in the first round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.

They now await a date with former Southwest Conference foe Arkansas this afternoon, and that game will present an entirely different challenge.

Defensively, the Red Raiders clearly focused on containing Aggies center Neemias Queta, repeatedly collapsing inside to prevent him from getting a clean look at the basket.

They basically dared Utah State to make its three-point shots, which the Aggies couldn’t do for the most part.

That won’t be the case against the Razorbacks, however.

The good news is Texas Tech won’t be at such a size disadvantage as they were with Queta, who blocked seven shots on Friday.

They should have an easier time scoring down low and getting high percentage looks.

The main challenge will be playing tough defense and scoring enough on the offensive end to keep up.

Despite being one of the higher scoring teams in the country, Arkansas is not a great three-point shooting team.

They connected on 33.8 percent of shots from deep this season and hit 31.3 percent en route to scoring 85 points against Colgate on Friday.

Interestingly, the Red Raiders actually connected on a higher percentage of their deep looks this season (though they didn’t attempt as many).

The main thing is to either effectively match Arkansas’ pace or find a way to slow them down.

The Razorbacks attempted nearly 65 field goals per game this season, which was seventh-most in the country.

They matched that number against Colgate while also attempting 29 free throws.

They play at a fast pace and look to get the ball inside using the dribble, which is a departure from what Utah State brought.

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Texas Tech will have to play better offensively in the first half.

A slow start like they experienced against Utah State, and like they’ve had so many times this season, could bury them early.

Arkansas will look to push the tempo, so the Red Raiders may not be able to afford any prolonged scoring droughts like they’ve had at times this year.

Texas Tech must also win the turnover battle.

Both teams forced 22 turnovers against their first-round opponents, which was obviously a big key to victory.

Getting buckets in transition will be key for Chris Beard’s crew, but they can’t allow Arkansas to do the same.

The Red Raider defense should be able to slow the Razorbacks down some, but any transition buckets will undermine that.

Part of why Tech struggled on offense so much in the first half was the lack of scoring from Terrence Shannon and Kyler Edwards.

The team’s second-half run coincided with those two finally getting involved.

The contributions from key role players such as Micah Peavy, Kevin McCullar, and Clarence Nadolny also gave them a big lift, so those guys will need to be involved as well.

Getting to the foul line will help also, as Texas Tech attempted only eight free throws against Utah State.

This team should be able to attack the basket against Arkansas, which doesn’t have a shot-blocker like Queta.

Getting inside looks and drawing fouls will help take the pressure off the team’s outside shooters, who can sometimes be streaky.

The bottom line is Texas Tech has the offensive talent to keep up with Arkansas, and their halfcourt defense should be able to slow the Razorbacks down some.

This is a winnable game, but a prolonged scoring drought or questionable ball security could put them in a hole they can’t climb out of.

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News and information about the Arkansas Razorbacks and Arkansas Sports from the staffs of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and Hawgs Illustrated

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Arkansas has advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 25 years.

The Razorbacks defeated Texas Tech 68-66 Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Arkansas (24-6) will play either Oral Roberts or Florida on Saturday.

A game time has not been determined.

The Razorbacks defeated Oral Roberts and Florida at home during the regular season.

Texas Tech’s Kyler Edwards missed a contested layup attempt with two seconds remaining to seal Arkansas’ win.

The Razorbacks overcame a 10-point first-half deficit to lead 33-31 at halftime.

Arkansas extended its lead to as many as 13 points in the second half, but the Red Raiders closed with a flurry of points to get within striking distance in the final minutes.

Following a technical foul against Arkansas guard Davonte Davis for hanging on the rim, the Red Raiders (18-11) used a 12-2 run to pull within 56-54 with 6:24 remaining.

Arkansas extended the lead back to 65-57 with 3:55 to play after a three-pointer by Moses Moody and four free throws from Jalen Tate.

Texas Tech climbed to within 67-66 with 1:56 remaining on two free throws by Terrence Shannon.

The Red Raiders had a chance to take the lead when Mac McClung was fouled by JD Notae with 1:15 remaining, but McClung, an 81% free throw shooter, missed the front end of a 1-and-1.

Notae made 1 of 2 free throws with 19 seconds remaining to increase the lead to 68-66.

He rebounded Edwards’ miss on the other end and dribbled out the clock.

Justin Smith scored 20 points to lead Arkansas.

Davis and Moody added 15 points apiece.

Shannon scored 20 points to lead the Red Raiders.

Arkansas is in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1996 when the Razorbacks defeated Penn State and Marquette in the first two rounds before falling to No.

1 overall seed Massachusetts.

The Razorbacks played in the Sweet 16 six times in seven seasons between 1990-96.

FINAL — Arkansas holds on behind a pair of missed layups from Texas Tech.

The Razorbacks win 68-66.

Arkansas’ long Sweet 16 drought is over.

The Razorbacks are moving on to the second weekend.

Justin Smith led Arkansas with 20 points and six rebounds, and Moses Moody and Davonte Davis had 15 apiece.

Jalen Tate had 10 point as well.

Eric Musselman, shortly after the buzzer, ran across the court and jumped up on a table and celebrated in front of Arkansas fans.

:19, 2H — Mac McClung fouls JD Notae, and Notae hits the first.

He misses the second.

Arkansas up two.

:54, 2H — JD Notae misses a three-pointer.

Red Raiders rebound down one.

Terrence Shannon then misses a layup, and Notae rebounds.

1:15, 2H — JD Notae misses a layup on the other end and Texas Tech rebounds.

Notae then commits a foul, sending Texas Tech to the line.

Mac McClung misses the first and it is rebounded by Justin Smith.

1:56, 2H — Jaylin Williams fouls Terrence Shannon on the interior and he hits both free throws.

Razorbacks are up 67-66.

Big possession upcoming for Arkansas.

2:36, 2H — Officials hit Moses Moody with a foul on what could have been a jump ball or no call.

Kevin McCullar split the free throws.

Arkansas up three.

2:47, 2H — Jaylin Williams again finds Justin Smith for a dunk.

Arkansas’ lead is 67-63.

Smith has 20 points, Williams four assists to lead the team.

3:06, 2H — Jalen Tate hit both free throws then Texas Tech hit a three.

Red Raiders down 65-63 after a Kevin McCullar layup plus the foul.

He has 14 points for Texas Tech.

3:55, 2H — Terrence Shannon called for a foul as Jalen Tate drives the lane and attempts a shot.

He will be at the line when play resumes.

Texas Tech has 11 fouls this half to Arkansas’ four.

Justin Smith had 18 points, Devo Davis/Moses Moody 15 each, and Tate has eight.

Great job by Arkansas weathering a Texas Tech storm over two minutes then extended its lead.

Razorbacks up 63-57 at the final media timeout.

4:15, 2H — Kyler Edwards fouled Jalen Tate following a TTU miss from three, and Tate hits both at the line.

Razorbacks are up six.

Tate has eight points tonight.

5:00, 2H — Moses Moody hits a big-time three.

Razorbacks up four, 61-57, and Moody has 15 points.

The last two threes in this game both went off glass.

5:48, 2H — Moses Moody settles the Razorbacks with a jumper, but the Red Raiders hit a three-pointer on the other end.

Arkansas is up one.

Texas Tech is on a 14-2 run.

6:24, 2H — Kyler Edwards hits a three-ball for Texas Tech.

Red Raiders are down five after a Kevin McCullar layup.

Terrence Shannon then hits a three.

Razorbacks are up two.

Texas Tech is back in this thing in a flash.

8:10, 2H — Devo Davis scores in the open floor and pushes Arkansas’ lead to 13.

Davis now has 15 points, six rebounds.

He got fouled on the play but missed his free throw.

Kyler Edwards hits a three-pointer for Texas Tech.

Arkansas’ lead is 56-46.

Red Raiders call for time.

9:31, 2H — Jaylin Williams with his third assist of the game, this one to Devo Davis for a dunk.

Davis was hit with a tech for hanging on the rim.

Red Raiders hit a free throw but get no points out of their next possession.

10:52, 2H — Jaylin Williams forces a miss on defense, grabs the miss then gets fouled on the other end going to the rim.

He made 1 of 2 free throws.

Razorbacks up 52-42.

Williams has one point and seven rebounds tonight.

11:28, 2H — Jaylin Williams and Moses Moody with a pair of offensive rebounds, and Moody gets fouled after grabbing his.

He hits 1 of 2 free throws.

Arkansas up 51-42.

He now has 10 points.

11:57, 2H — Terrence Shannon hit both free throws out of the timeout, and Texas Tech is down 50-42.

Shannon leads the Red Raiders with 14 points.

11:58, 2H — After Texas Tech turns the ball over with an over-and-back, Moses Moody knocks down a jumper to give Arkansas a 10-point lead.

Moody now has nine points.

Jalen Tate then fouled Terrence Shannon to send us to the under-12 media timeout.

Razorbacks up 50-40.

Justin Smith has a game-high 18 points and Devo Davis has 11.

12:33, 2H — Jalen Tate missed a jumper and Justin Smith was hit with an offensive foul going for the miss.

He has two fouls now, so nothing to worry with.

Pretty weak call to me.

Arkansas up by eight.

13:30, 2H — Marcus Santos-Silva added a tip-in off a Mac McClung miss, then Jaylin Williams turned the ball over.

Red Raiders are down 48-40.

14:28, 2H — Another Justin Smith layup, and Arkansas is back up 10.

Smith had 18 points and 5 rebounds now.

Williams found Smith again.

15:09, 2H — Jaylin Williams nearly tip-slammed a Moses Moody miss, but Justin Smith threw one down on the other end the next trip down, assisted by Williams.

Hogs up 11.

16:02, 2H — Moses Moody takes a charge, and Texas Tech calls for time.

The Razorbacks are on a 9-2 run and have their largest lead of the night.

Justin Smith up to 14 points, and Devo Davis 11.

No Red Raider is in double figures yet.

16:21, 2H — Arkansas hitting the glass hard, and Jalen Tate gets to the line after grabbing a Jaylin Williams miss.

He hits both free throws, and the Razorbacks lead by nine, 44-35.

16:35, 2H — Jaylin Williams adds another charge taken to his tally.

Arkansas then gets a Justin Smith layup on its next trip down.

Moses Moody knocks down a three-ball and the Razorbacks are cup 42-35.

19:06, 2H — Jaylin Williams fouls Mac McClung, and he hits two free throws to pull Texas Tech within 35-33.

Justin Smith then adds a dunk, assisted by Jalen Tate.

Hogs up four.

19:40, 2H — Devo Davis with a jumper to open the second half.

He’s got a game-high 11 on 5 of 8 shooting.

The freshman has been awesome to this point.

HALF — Moses Moody misses a three-pointer to close the half and Arkansas leads 33-31 at the break.

Justin Smith and Davonte Davis were terrific in the first half.

Smith scored a game-high 10 points and grabbed four rebounds, and Davis chipped in nine points on 4 of 7 shooting and four rebounds.

Jaylin Williams, making his first start in more than two months, did not score but had four rebounds, too.

JD Notae added six points off the bench for Arkansas, and Moody and Jalen Tate each have four points.

The Razorbacks shot 42% in the half and held the Red Raiders to 36%.

Terrence Shannon has a team-high nine points for Texas Tech, and Kevin McCullar/Mac McClung each have seven.

Marcus Santos-Silva has three points on 1 of 5 from the floor.

Arkansas is 20 minutes away from its first Sweet 16 berth since 1996.

:48.0, 1H — JD Notae dribbled the air out of the ball then wound up turning it over along the baseline to a jump ball.

Texas Tech possession, and it misses a three-ball on the other end.

1:47, 1H — Jalen Tate hit with an offensive foul, his second foul of the day.

Jaylin Williams enters for him.

Arkansas’ lead is 33-31.

2:06, 1H — Arkansas leads 33-31 at the final media timeout of the half.

Devo Davis has nine points, Justin Smith a game-high 10.

Terrence Shannon has nine for Texas Tech, which is shooting 39% against 44% for the Razorbacks.

3:11, 1H — Justin Smith is the first player in double figures with 10 after a layup puts Arkansas ahead 33-31.

He is 4 of 6 from the floor and has four rebounds as well.

3:26, 1H — Justin Smith with an assist to Jalen Tate for a layup to tie the game 29-29, then Devo Davis adds another jumper.

Razorbacks lead 31-29.

Mac McClung then ties the game and Chris Beard calls for time all knotted at 31-31.

Texas Tech has missed 11 of its last 14 shots.

4:47, 1H — Justin Smith blocks Micah Peavy’s layup out of bounds, then Terrence Shannon adds a layup for a 29-27 lead.

But Jalen Tate adds a layup on Arkansas’ next possession.

5:46, 1H — Devo Davis with a midrange jumper from the top of the key ties the game 27-27.

Razorbacks have held Texas Tech to 1 of its last 10 from the floor.

Davis now has seven points and three rebounds.

6:32, 1H — JD Notae fouled Mac McClung on a drive to the rim, and he split a pair at the line.

Justin Smith then adds a layup off a Devo Davis miss for Arkansas.

Razorbacks are down 27-25.

Smith has a game-high eight points.

7:06, 1H — Kevin McCullar with a layup following a Justin Smith miss from the right short corner.

McCullar went right around Moses Moody in the open floor.

Red Raiders up 26-23 after a Devo Davis layup plus the foul.

Arkansas trails 26-23.

Davis has five points.

7:38, 1H — Desi Sills entered the game and missed a left-corner three right away.

He was then hit with a tough whistle on the other end to send us to the under-8 timeout.

Arkansas trails 24-20.

Texas Tech has missed its last seven shots.

Terrence Shannon leads the Red Raiders with seven points, and Justin Smith and JD Notae each have six for Arkansas.

Moses Moody also has four.

8:24, 1H — Justin Smith was fouled rebounding a teammate’s miss and hit 1 of 2 at the foul line.

Razorbacks down 24-20 now.

Smith has six points.

8:32, 1H — JD Notae missed a heat-check three from the top of the key, and Texas Tech got the ball on the interior on the other end.

Marcus Santos-Silva split a pair at the line after a Moses Moody foul.

Razorbacks trail 24-19.

9:31, 1H — Another three-ball by JD Notae and Arkansas has cut its deficit to four.

Notae now has a team-high six points in seven minutes.

Texas Tech up 23-19.

10:12, 1H — Moses Moody ends the Red Raiders’ run with a jumper, but Terrence Shannon hits a three.

Texas Tech had a 10-point lead before JD Notae knocked down a right-corner triple.

Red Raiders are 4 of 6 from deep to begin the game.

11:42, 1H — Kevin McCullar buries a left-corner three-pointer to push Texas Tech’s lead to 18-11, then Marcus Santos-Silva adds a layup.

red Raiders up 20-11.

11:49, 1H — Texas Tech leads 15-11 at the under-12 media timeout.

Kyler Edwards has five points, and Mac McClung and Terrence Shannon have four each for the Red Raiders.

Justin Smith with five for Arkansas.

Devo Davis/JD Notae/Jalen Tate each have two.

Texas Tech is shooting 55% against Arkansas’ 38%.

The Red Raiders are 2 of 4 from deep, and the Razorbacks have missed all three attempts.

12:36, 1H — Terrence Shannon puts in a layup and Texas Tech’s lead is six, but Justin Smith quickly responds with a layup of his own after tough contest.

Smith has five points now.

13:14, 1H — JD Notae’s turnover leads to a Kyler Edwards dunk.

Red Raiders lead 13-9.

Arkansas rebounded several of its misses in a row but couldn’t cash in.

Texas Tech made it pay.

14:22, 1H — After missing a midrange jumper, Jalen Tate comes back and knocks one down to pull the Razorbacks within 11-9.

That short midrange area is where he thrives.

15:08, 1H — Devo Davis made a layup to briefly give Arkansas a lead, but Texas Tech answers with five straight, including a three-ball by Mac McClung, to take an 11-7 lead.

15:56, 1H — Jaylin Williams is hit with a moving screen after the Red Raiders took their first lead.

We’ve reached the first media timeout of the game and Texas Tech leads 6-5.

Kyler Edwards has three points for TTU, and Justin Smith has three for Arkansas.

The Razorbacks are 2 of 6 from the floor.

16:33, 1H — Kevin McCullar hits a tough jumper over Moses Moody in the right short corner to pull Texas Tech within 5-3.

Kyler Edwards then buries a three, and the Red Raiders lead 6-5.

17:47, 1H — Mac McClung gets the Red Raiders on the board with a free throw.

Devo Davis outed him on a midrange jumper from around the foul line.

Razorbacks up 5-1.

18:07, 1H — Moses Moody with his first bucket of the game, a pull-up midrange jumper from the right elbow.

It gives the Razorbacks a 5-0 edge.

19:01, 1H — Jaylin Williams rebounds a missed three-ball by Jalen Tate and draws a foul on Marcus Santos-Silva.

Devo Davis then misses his first shot of the game.

Arkansas still leads 3-0.

19:43, 1H — Moses Moody finds Justin Smith for a layup plus the foul to open the game.

He hits the free throw and Arkansas leads 3-0.

Great start for Smith, who has been playing like a grown man of late.

Pregame

Arkansas’ starting lineup: Jalen Tate, Moses Moody, Davonte Davis, Justin Smith and Jaylin Williams.

Today marks Williams’ first start since Jan.

16 at Alabama.

Smith has scored 20-plus points in consecutive games for the first time in his college career, and he is averaging nearly 18 points and 8 rebounds over his last nine games.

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said he had one of the best performances in the first round of the tournament.

Tate added 17 points Friday after back-to-back off-scoring games in the SEC Tournament.

Him staying out of foul trouble and getting into his short midrange and in-close spots offensively is key for Arkansas.

While Moody finished with 12 points against Colgate, he was not much of a factor offensively after the opening minutes.

We’ll see if he finds a groove.

And can Davis continue his solid play? Of his six scores on Friday, four were layups and two were on off-the-bounce midrange jumpers.

Arkansas is looking for its first Sweet 16 appearance since 1996.

Texas Tech’s starters: Mac McClung (6-2), Terrence Shannon (6-6), Kyler Edwards (6-4), Kevin McCullar (6-6) and Marcus Santos-Silva (6-7).

This game pits two of the top 20 teams nationally in terms of defensive efficiency, according to KenPom data.

Texas Tech is No.

19, and Arkansas is No.

11.

The Red Raiders rank 31st in offensive efficiency while the Razorbacks are No.

36.

Chris Beard’s team plays the 315th-fastest pace in the country and averages 65 possessions per game.

Meanwhile, Arkansas averages 73, which is 17th most in the nation.

We will see which style wins out, and who can bring more toughness to the floor.

McClung is Texas Tech’s top offensive player.

He has taken 28.8% of his team’s shots when on the floor and has knocked down 34.1% of his three-point attempts.

Edwards is a 41.4% three-point shooter as well and one of the Red Raiders’ most efficient players.

Defensively, keep an eye on McCullar, Shannon and Santos-Silva.

McCullar and Shannon are very solid steals players, and Santos-Silva has shown he can turn away opponents’ shots at a fairly high rate.

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Scottie Bordelon is a reporter for WholeHogSports.com.

A graduate of the University of Arkansas, Bordelon previously covered high school sports for the Times Record in Fort Smith and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Springdale.

He is a member of the U.S.

Basketball Writers Association and Football Writers Association of America and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.

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