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Texas Tech Hands Kansas its First Big 12 Loss of Season

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The Texas Tech Red Raiders handed the No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks their first Big 12 men’s basketball loss of the season, 75-67, in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday.

The Red Raiders (11-3, 1-1 in Big 12), playing for the second straight game short-handed, held onto the victory after building an eight-point halftime lead. Kansas (12-2, 1-1) will likely see its No. 6 ranking slip a bit after the loss. No. 25 Texas Tech, hoping to stay in the Top 25 come Monday, was coming off a road loss to No. 11 Iowa State.

The win was Mark Adams’ first Big 12 victory as a head coach for Texas Tech.

 

The Red Raiders had eight players for the game. Among the missing were starters Terrence Shannon Jr. and Kevin McCullar, both of whom were out with injuries. Others were out due to COVID health and safety protocols.

Tech’s Clarence Nadolny had a career-high in points for the second straight game, as he scored 17 points. But it was Bryson Williams who led the Red Raiders in scoring with 22 points. He also led the Red Raiders with eight rebounds.

The Red Raiders shot consistently throughout the game, firing 51 percent from the floor. While they were just 25 percent from the 3-point line, the Red Raiders were plus-5 in turnover margin, outrebounded Kansas, 33-24, and outscored the Jayhawks 44-18 in the paint.

Still, Kansas was within striking distance going into the final minute of the game, thanks to great games from Ochai Agbaji, who had 24 ponits, and Jalen Wilson, who came off the bench to score 20 points. The latter’s performance was a welcome sight for Kansas, which has been waiting for Wilson to closer emulate his form from a season ago.

Christian Braun added 10 points for the Jayhawks. David McCormack, who had a double-double for Kansas in its last game, had just four points and six rebounds.  

Both Kansas and Texas Tech will be busy on Tuesday, and both have huge matchups. Texas Tech travels to No. 1 Baylor at 6 p.m. central, while Kansas hosts Iowa State at 7 p.m. central.

You can find Matthew Postins on Twitter @PostinsPostcard.

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