The Texas Tech Red Raiders made it look easy on Saturday, as they defeated Mississippi State, 76-50, in the Big 12-SEC Challenge.
The No. 13 Red Raiders (16-5, 5-3), coming off their double-overtime loss to Kansas on Monday, wasted little time building a 15-point halftime lead on the Bulldogs (13-7, 4-3 in SEC). At one point in the second half, the Red Raiders were shooting 65 percent from the floor. Texas Tech finished 62 percent from the floor.
Adonis Arms was a big part of why the Red Raiders built such a big lead. He finished with 16 points and hit three 3-pointers.
But three other Red Raiders high double figures — Kevin Obanor with 13 points, Mylik Wilson with 12 points and Bryson Williams with 10 points.
But, the Big 12 won’t win the challenge with the SEC this season. With one game remaining in the challenge, the SEC had already won six games.
Texas Tech can now prepare for its highly-anticipated showdown with Texas on Tuesday at 8 p.m.
Also in the Big 12-SEC Challenge’s 5 p.m. games:
Kansas fell behind by 20 points at halftime and never made it a game with Kentucky, as the Wildcats won, 80-62. It was just the 16th home loss of Bill Self’s career with the Jayhawks. Christian Braun and Ochai Agbaji scored 13 points each. Keion Brooks Jr. led Kentucky with 27 points, while Oscar Tshiebwe had 17 points and 14 rebounds. Check Heartland College Sports for a full recap of this game.
Big 12-SEC Challenge Results
(Big 12 3, SEC 6 after Seven games)
No. 12 Kentucky 80, No. 5 Kansas 62
Texas Tech 76, Mississippi State 50
No. 18 Tennessee at Texas, 7 p.m., ESPN
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