Just about every Texas Tech basketball fan knows that Kyler Edwards is this team’s greatest x-factor. And how he performs in the final two months of the season will be one of the most important determinants of how 2020-21 will play out.
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In Tech’s four losses on the season, Edwards has put up just 7.5 points per game. That includes being shutout by Kansas.
Meanwhile, in the Red Raiders’ eleven wins, he has averaged 11.1 points per game. Included in those games are six double-digit showings.
But what Edwards brings to the table on a game-by-game basis is anyone’s guess. So perhaps our expectations should change just a bit.
Instead of wanting Edwards to be a game-in and game-out double-digit scorer, maybe we should just ask him to be timely. After all, that was what he was in Tech’s biggest win of this season.
When the Red Raiders took down No. 4 Texas in Austin, Edwards had only seven points and was held scoreless in the first half. But down the stretch, he hit two clutch 3-pointers, including one that gave his team the lead in the final four minutes.
Personally, I’m no longer expecting Edwards to be a double-digit scorer, especially against good teams. However, I will continue to hope that when he has opportunities to hit big shots at critical moments, he can come through more often than he has. If that happens, the rest of this season will be a fun ride for Texas Tech basketball fans.