Texas Tech basketball: How the Red Raiders beat Iowa State

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AMES, IA – JANUARY 9: Jaden Walker #21 of the Iowa State Cyclones battles with Terrence Shannon Jr. #1 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders for the ball at mid court in the second half of play at Hilton Coliseum on January 9, 2021 in Ames, Iowa. The Texas Tech Red Raiders won 91-64 over the Iowa State Cyclones. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)

Let’s go inside the box score to see how the Texas Tech basketball team secured one of this season’s most impressive victories by dominating Iowa State on the road.

Let’s hope that every Texas Tech basketball fan enjoyed Saturday’s 91-64 win at Iowa State.  That’s because wins of such dominating fashion are quite rare in Big 12 play, especially on the road.

For the entirety of Chris Beard’s tenure in Lubbock, the program has picked up just two other road wins by such a large margin.  The largest win Beard has secured on a conference opponent’s home court came nearly a year ago when his team came home from Ames with a 30-point win over Iowa State.  The only other time Beard has picked up a win over a Big 12 team on the road by more than 27 points was a 28-point thrashing of Oklahoma State in 2019.

“It’s something special in team sports,” Beard said after the game.  “Road wins are definitely something you remember later on so I’m happy for these guys.”

Winning away from home has become imperative for the 2020-21 Red Raiders given that they are just 1-2 at home so far in league play.  Fortunately, they’ve been able to come up big away from the United Supermarkets Arena.

This is just the second time in Beard’s five years on the job that Tech has started out league play 2-0 on the road.  The last time they did, was the 2018-19 season, which ended in the National Title Game.

We are a long way from being able to pencil Tech into this year’s National Title Game but we are to the point where the Big 12 gauntlet is about to pick up in intensity as Tech goes from facing the two worst teams in the conference last week, Kansas State and Iowa State, to facing potentially the two best this week, Texas and Baylor.

But before we turn our attention to those two massive tests, let’s revel in Saturday’s win over ISU by cracking open the box score to see why the Red Raiders were able to breeze to the win.  And we will begin by appreciating the fact that Tech finally did something it had yet to do in a Big 12 game.

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