Red Raiders Look to Rebound Against Oklahoma State
The Texas Tech Red Raider basketball team is looking to snap a five game Big 12 losing streak when they take the floor against the No. 24 Oklahoma State Cowboys at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma 8pm Wednesday. After starting the season 9-1 for just the sixth time in program history, Texas Tech has won just one of its last eight games.
“We were at a point where we were staying in games, but when you start losing, it can get contagious," said Red Raider Head Coach Tubby Smith Smith. "We have got to find a way to get through to these you men. I feel like they need to hear a different voice right now, mine is not working. We are trying some different things, whether it is through coaching or counseling to help these players get back on track.”
The Red Raiders have struggled finding and offensive identity and consistency. Five different players have led Tech in scoring in the past five contests.
One thing the Red Raiders have done consistently is get to the free throw line. The Red Raiders are third nationally in free throw attempts and second in the nation in free throw attempts per possession. The problem is Texas Tech has struggled of late to get the charity shots to drop.
"We practice our free throws multiple times during practice. We simulate game time experience and even require a certain number of makes," added Smith. "But when they come to the line, they have to focus on the mechanics and fight through the mental aspect."
The game will be televised on ESPNU.