Tech won the rebounding battle
Red Raider fans are rejoicing over the fact that our team finally wasn’t dominated on the glass by a Big 12 opponent. In fact, it was Tech who did work in the rebounding department on Tuesday night.
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The home team pulled down 33 boards while KSU managed to collect just 27. What’s more, Tech was active on the offensive glass pulling down 12 on the way to a 15-6 edge in second-chance points.
In the three previous Big 12 games, the Red Raiders were beaten on the boards, often badly. And Tech still has a negative rebounding margin in league play of 2.25 per game. But we saw steps in the right direction on Tuesday.
Kevin McCullar led the team with seven rebounds. That’s no surprise given his nose for the ball and willingness to stick that nose in some dangerous spots on the floor.
Terrence Shannon was right behind him with six boards. What’s more, three of his were on the offensive end of the floor. That’s an aspect of his game that has been missing at times during his Red Raider career but on Tuesday, he was a force.
Just like free-throws, rebounds are likely going to tell the story of this year’s Texas Tech basketball team and that’s why we will be talking about them all year long. On Tuesday, that aspect of the game was a net positive for Tech and it helped Beard’s team bring home an important victory, even though, at times in the second half, it looked as if the head coach was presiding over another loss given his perturbation during timeouts.