Texas Tech basketball: Unsung heroes from Red Raiders' win in Austin

Jan 6, 2024; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Chance McMillian (0) and forward
Jan 6, 2024; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Chance McMillian (0) and forward / Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
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Texas Tech holds Texas' Brock Cunningham scoreless

There is no one on the Texas roster more reviled by Red Raiders than super-senior forward Brock Cunningham. That's why it was so satisfying to see the Austin native go scoreless last night before fouling out midway through the second half.

Cunningham did himself no favors with the Texas Tech faithful (not that he cares) in 2022 when he decided to egg on the fans who had gathered around the ramp at United Supermarkets Arena to "welcome" the Horns to Lubbock after their shootaround the night before Chris Beard led UT in its only game on the South Plains with the former Texas Tech head coach running the show for the burnt orange.

That night, Cunningham was videoed giving the "Horns Up" to the crowd while wearing a completely unbuttoned shirt in what was one of the most typical Texas moves anyone could have imagined. The next night, Tech would get the last laugh, though, as Cunningham would score only three points in 20 minutes of action in the Red Raiders' 77-64 win.

Since then, Cunningham has been one of the most despised Longhorns by Texas Tech fans. That's despite the fact that he's just not a good player.

Though he starts for Texas, he averages only 5.4 points per game. He shoots just 38.8% from the field and he turns it over 1.4 times per game despite playing under 27 minutes per game.

Last night, he was even less of a factor than usual with no points and as many fouls as he had rebounds. He certainly wasn't a hero for UT and the big zero that he hung in the scoring column was a brilliant bow on the game for Red Raider fans.