What Does 167 Points Look Like?
Dad’s teams never scored like this
Last night, the Texas Tech Red Raider basketball team decided to emulate Mike Leach’s philosophy that says the best way to beat a team is to outscore them. Humiliatingly so. And so, the basketball version of the Red Raiders beat East Central University, 167-115. So much for that Bobby Knight-inspired, hard-nosed man-to-man defense, aye?
The 282 point total represents a whole lot of offense and the defensive skills of a Paul Westhead-coached Denver Nuggets team. The defense was so ineffective, the Red Raiders scored 90 of their 167 in the second half — you know, after the break where coaches make their most effective adjustments?
Apparently, defense wasn’t a point of emphasis in those halftime speeches. Nevertheless, the game provided an entertaining box score with lots and lots of double-figure numbers. Here are some of the highlights, numbers-wise:
- 17 players scored in double figures. 10 for Texas Tech.
- The leading scorer was the Red Raiders’ Trevor Cook with 20 points.
- The teams combined to shoot 74 free throws, making 52.
- There were 60 3-pointers attempted, 35 by ECU and 25 by the Red Raiders.
- ECU converted on 9 and Texas Tech 13.
- Including 3-pointers, Texas Tech took 138 shots. ECU took 129.
- Texas Tech shot 59.3 percent (52 from behind the arc). ECU shot 39.4 and 25.7 respectively.
- The halftime score was 77-57, more than UCLA and Michigan could muster in two halves of basketball.
- 47 total assists, 35 of those going to Texas Tech.
I don’t think this game will be discussed when future coaches are referencing great defensive performances of the past. The offensive execution might be of interest, but if these up-and-coming coaches are smart, they will avoid using this game as a teaching tool like the plague.