Buy textbooks, go to class, watch your Red Raiders upset No. 12 Baylor. Not a typical first day of school at Texas Tech.
But that’s just how it happened. 3,320 students spent their first evening back in Lubbock at the United Spirit Arena cheering on Tubby Smith’s men’s basketball team as they took down the 12th ranked Baylor Bears Wednesday night, 72-62.
Fueled by a big night from senior Jaye Crockett (19 pts, 4 reb, 2 ast), Tech jumped on Baylor early and never let off the gas, finishing the night 57 percent from the field and 72 percent from the stripe. Including Crockett, all five starters recorded double-digitals in the win.
After losing several close games to start conference play, the win bumps Tech to 9-8 (1-3) while Baylor falls to 13-3 (1-2).
This is one Tubby Smith and his guys really needed. For longer than most Red Raider fans want to remember, Tech has been the whipping boy in Big 12 basketball, with several of those whippings coming at the hands of Baylor. This win may not instantly turn things around in Lubbock, but it certainly signals great things to come.
DOWN GOES BAYLOR. Tech pulls off the improbable, wins 82-72 in Lubbock. The first top-25 victory for the Red Raiders since ’09. #BAYvsTTECH
— ESPN College BBall (@ESPNCBB) January 16, 2014
Game us!!!!!!!! Raider Nation were in here!!!!! Turn up!!!!!!
— Dusty Hannahs (@D_Hannahs) January 16, 2014
— LUKE ADAMS (@luke13adams) January 16, 2014
RAAAAAIIDDDEEERRR POOOWWWWEERRR! MANN I love all the fans and students that came out tonight! #GunsUp
Great win tonight, it wouldn’ of happened without the students, that was the best I’ve seen the student section in 5 years foreal thank yall
— Jaye Crockett (@jcrockett30) January 16, 2014
— Toddrick Gotcher2⃣0⃣ (@LeagueME20) January 16, 2014
— Davis Webb (@Davis_Webb7) January 16, 2014