Texas Tech thoughts
Really solid effort from the guys, especially in the first and last 10 minutes of the game.
You had to love how both Dudley as an individual and the team as a whole responded to his foul trouble. Being forced to sit the ACC Player of the Year for considerable stretches generally isn't a recipe for tournament success, but the team stepped up. Great game from Tyrese Rice, and excellent contributions from John Oates in the first half (where'd those 3s come from??) and Sean Marshall in the second. And of course Dudley himself, who despite picking up his 3rd foul with a few minutes remaining in the first half managed to avoid picking up another and finished the game with 19 points and 7 boards in 32 minutes. The team defense was very sloppy at times, but we did enough on the offensive side of the ball that it didn't hurt us. I would've liked to see some more minutes for Shamari Spears.
Georgetown is up next, and it's gonna be a very tough game. They looked sloppy early on against Belmont, but they won't make the same mistake against a team that has enough talent to really punish them for it. BC can win this game, but we need to play much better than we did today--you can't count on Oates getting 11 points every game, 6 of which came on momentum-shifting 3s.
That's a worry for tomorrow, though. Today is a day to celebrate. Well done, guys.