Texas Tech did shoot the 3-point shot at a much better rate
We will end on a positive note. After entering the game shooting right around 20% from 3-point range as a collective, Tech was able to make 14 shots from downtown compared to the nine ‘Nova hit.
That 15-point edge was what kept Tech within striking distance for the first 30 minutes of the game before the Wildcats separated and took their game to another level that Tech couldn’t match.
Prior to this game, Tech was making just over four shots from 3-point range per game. So increasing that total by ten was nice to see. In fact, in this game alone, Tech made one more 3-pointer than the team had made in the three previous games combined.
Overall, the Red Raiders were 38.9% from deep. That’s more like what we expected from this roster when the season began.
In just one game, Tech increased its 3-point percentage by seven percent. That’s easy to do early in the season but it is also a sign that the shots were falling on Wednesday.
At some point, this team needs to find balance in this area of the game. Making 14 shots from distance is great but having to do so because you can’t generate any other consistent form of offense is less than ideal.
Let’s hope that players such as Isaacs (who made four 3-pointers to account for all of his successful field goals), Chance McMillan (3-6 from 3-point range), and Toussaint (3-7 from deep) can continue to shoot effectively from the outside as this season progresses because this team desperately needs to be more efficient in that regard if it hopes to be able to compete with top-quality opponents.