Terrence Shannon, Jr. was pleased with his season-best 23 points.
The Texas Tech junior wing’s big-time scoring performance was a 24 point, 18 rebound double-double against DePaul in Chicago.
Shannon has been playing this game for a long time and knows that wins resonate longer than points and can be used to earn individual accolades.
So when he was asked about his thoughts on a rematch with No. It was not surprising to hear his response when he was asked about 7 Kansas at 8 p.m. Monday.
Shannon said, “I’ve never won there,”
Shannon, at 6’6″, is taller than that statement, but it shows the mentality he and his teammates have for the second half the Big 12 Conference fight.
The No. The 18 Red Raiders are looking to not only secure the program’s second win inside Allen Fieldhouse but also to sweep the Jayhawks.
It’s a difficult task, but Texas Tech coach Mark Adamshas been a part in providing his guidance back on Jan. 2, 2018.
Adams said, “I’d prefer not even think about that,” Saturday when Adams was asked his thoughts on the Jayhawks (16-2 and 5-1) who won a 78-75 road win over Kansas State over the weekend.
After a few minutes, the Red Raiders’ first-year coach raised his appreciation for Kansas coach Bill Self. Self coached against the Wildcats the day after his father, Bill Sr., had died at the age of 82.
Adams stated that Bill Self is a man Adams admires for his play on both ends of a floor. “He does an amazing job on the offensive side of creating angles and slow movement.
They are very difficult to guard. We will have to be strong and defend our position in front of a large crowd. It’ll still be a lot of fun, but we’ll all learn a lot from it.
The Red Raiders have proven that they can win on the roads, winning a 65-62 victory against then-No. 1 Baylor in Waco. Texas Tech won the battle to the paint (36-22), made no mistakes with the basketball (12 turnovers), and was able to end the contest with timely free throws Davion Waring, who knocked down a pair with 22 seconds left.
It worked again as Texas Tech won its 12th consecutive home victory against a determined West Virginia team on Saturday.
Shannon scored 23 points in the win. Kevin Obanor, Bryson Williams and Bryson Williams combined for 26 rebounds and nine points. Adonis Arms missed a double-double, scoring 14 points and grabbing nine boards.
Shannon said that it felt like it indicated that Texas Tech knew how to win close games. Shannon was referring to Texas Tech’s six-point lead over West Virginia in the final 1:45. “Even though I was out, they won close games against Kansas and Baylor. They were so kind to me when I returned.
“They let us work our way back into the rotation.”
The Red Raiders were also capable of playing well on the defense, which included drawing charges against an aggressive Mountaineers offense.
Self said that Texas Tech had taken so many charges. “Mark does a great job (of that). You can’t play with them on two feet. Mark emphasizes that you don’t play off two feet against them. He wants to (rise up) and swarm to it.”
The Jayhawks have the best offense in the conference. They average 80 points per game and shoot 49.7% from behind the arc and 36.7% from three-point range.
Ochai Agbaji is the leader, scoring 20.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per match. Christian Braun (15.3 points per games) follows, while Remy Martin (8.7ppg), David McCormack (8.8ppg), and Jalen Wilson (8.9ppg respectively) complete the offense.
Adams stated that Kansas is a “good 3-point shooting team” and also attempted seven triples per match. “So we’ll need to make sure that we guard the 3-point lines.”
If they want to win a historic victory, the Red Raiders must put in one of their best defensive performances.
Adams declared Saturday night that “it was an ugly loss until it was over and, now it’s beautiful win,” following the victory over the Mountaineers. “We’re done. We’re happy and relieved. We can enjoy the day, before we have to think about… Kansas on Monday night. They just keep coming. The Big 12 is tough.”
NO. 18 TEXAS TECH NO. 7 KANSAS
When:Monday, 8 p.m.
Where: Allen Fieldhouse, Lawrence, Kan.
Records:Texas Tech 15-4.
Radio: FM 97.3/FM 100.7/Sirius Ch. 81
Notable:Texas Tech hopes to sweep the Kansas season series for the first time ever in program history. The Red Raiders are 1-20 against the Jayhawks at Lawrence. TTU won its first victory at The Phog on Jan. 2, 2018.
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BIG 12 MEN’S BAKETBALL STANDINGS
Team Big 12 record Overall record
Kansas 5-1 16-2
Baylor 5-2 17-2
Texas Tech 5-2 15-4
TCU 3-2 13-3
Texas 4-3 14-5
Oklahoma State 3-4 10-8
West Virginia 2-4 13-5
Iowa State 2-5 14-5
Oklahoma 2-5 12-7
Kansas State 2-5 10-8
Texas Tech at Kansas, 8.30 p.m. ESPN
Texas at TCU TBA ESPNU
Kansas State at Baylor, 7:05 p.m. ESPN+
Oklahoma at West Virginia, 7 p.m., ESPN2
Iowa State at Oklahoma, 7 p.m., ESPN+