Wow, still coming off the incredible high of the Red Raiders' 80-79 double overtime thriller against Kansas. Texas Tech led Kansas for the majority of the game, then missed a bunch of key free throws in the last two minutes, went cold, and let Kansas tie it up. First overtime was a repeat of a pattern that occured throughout the game: Tech jumped out to a lead, Kansas fought their way back. Then the Jayhawks took the lead in OT and it looked bad for the Raiders. However, the Red Raiders showed a lot of heart and fought back. Darryl Dora, who has been a disappointment most of the season, knocked down his only 3 of the game with 3.6 seconds left in the OT to win the game.
I think we can safely say that Texas Tech will make the tournament. Beating the #1 team in the RPI (and #2 in the human polls) will help your profile. They still got some tough games ahead starting with OK State on Saturday, but maybe they can go into the home stretch with a little bit of confidence.
The win is big for another reason: first win for Texas Tech against Kansas as a Big 12 team. Because if your goal is to be an elite team, and Bobby Knight thinks it can be done at Tech (he may be the only one), you have to beat teams like Kansas.
Now, is Texas Tech a national championship team? Most likely not. A Final Four team? Probably not. Will they make the Sweet 16? Not unless they get more consistent. But for one night at least, it seemed like the Red Raiders could do anything.
Oh, and to all the Jayhawk bloggers complaining about foul calls:
On the down low at Savannah State
Savannah State is a great historically black college in Georgia with a great academic reputation. However, on Monday night, it joined an ignoble fraternity: D-1 schools that have gone winless throughout the regular season; the first winless campaign by any Division 1 school since the 1991-1992 season.
Savannah State capped its season with with a 3-point loss at equally inept Florida A&M (9-13). At least it was closer this time. The Tigers average loss for the season was 23 points.
It's a shame a season like that had to happen to a really good school.
Positive news from the hockey world
Chris Bourque, son of Hockey Hall of Famer and former Avalanche and Bruins star Ray Bourque, scored the game winning goal as the Boston U. Terriers won the Beanpot hockey tournament for the 26th time.
Nice to see clutch runs in the family.
Tomorrow: More hoops