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TTU Basketball Starts Out 3-0

TTU player Kevin McCullar dribbling the ball
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TTU Basketball Starts Out 3-0 After Win Against Prairie View A&M

After TTU Basketball started their season 3-0, there is much speculation on how the team will perform moving forward. With Monday night’s game against Prairie View A&M being the most complete game the Red Raiders have played thus far. There is much optimism for the schedule that lies ahead for the team. 

In their next game, TTU Basketball will hit the road in the season’s first away game. The Red Raiders will head south to South Padre Island, Texas. To take on Incarnate Word in the South Padre Island Battle on the Beach. The contest is set to begin Saturday, November 20th at 4 pm and be played at the SPI Convention Centre and will be a good test for the undefeated Red Raiders.

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        In arguably their most complete game of the season to date, the TTU rolled through the Prairie View A&M Panthers. With the defense failing playing up to par, there is a lot of optimism in the program at the moment after the landslide victory. After winning the first half 45-23, the Red Raiders would continue to do the same in the second by finishing the game with a 35-point lead with a score of 84-49. 

While it was a high-scoring affair on Tech’s end, the Red Raiders did have three players score in double digits. Those players were Bryson Williams, Davion Warren, and Kevin McCullar, who all dominated on both ends of the floor. Williams had 18 points and seven rebounds in the contest and was almost unstoppable throughout. Warren also contributed with 15 points of his own, along with two rebounds and two assists. The last player to pitch in double-digit scoring was McCullar, who had 12 points, seven boards, three assists, and three steals. 

With many great individuals’ performances and 11 players on the team getting on the board, the team performance was also impressive. The team would shoot 43.7% from the field and 37% from beyond the arch, and 54.5% at the line. 

Up Next 

        Next on the Red Raiders schedule are the 0-3 Incarnate Word Cardinals, who are arguably some of the best competition the team has faced so far. Thus far, the Cardinals have taken on Texas State in their season opener and Baylor on the road. While both games would end in double-digit losses, it does not justify the talent on the team. Currently, the Cardinals have three players who are averaging double-digits scored per game. Those being Josh Morgan, RJ Glasper, and Drew Lutz, who all three play at the guard position. 

Morgan, a sophomore standing at 6’3″ and 215 pounds, is currently averaging 16.5 points per game. Along with that, he is also averaging 2.5 assists and shooting 52% from the field in his first two games. 

Glasper is a senior standing at 6’0″ and 180 pounds and is currently averaging 12 points per game. While Glasper is somewhat undersized, he makes up in speed and intelligence and has proven he can play with size. 

Lutz is the third-leading scorer for the Cardinals and is currently averaging 10.5 points per game. He also stands at 6’1″ and 175 and is very mobile getting up and down the court. 

While the Red Raiders have an obvious size advantage, they will have to slow down the game and play at their place if they wish to win big. Once they’re down the court, they will need to take advantage of the size advantage down low and capitalize. 

Overall 

        Overall, TTU Basketball season is in full swing. The Red Raiders started out 3-0 on the season and won their last game against the Prairie View A&M Panthers. With three wins in the book and the team starting to come together. The Red Raiders will now prepare for their next game against the Incarnate Word Cardinals. The matchup is slated to be the South Padre Island Battle on the Beach in South Padre Island, Texas, at the SPI Convention Center. It’s set to begin Saturday, November 20th, and if you plan on making the trip down, tickets are still available for purchase at TexasTech.com. You can also tune in and watch at Big 12 Now on ESPN+ and Texas Tech Sports Network and listen on the Double T FM 97.3. 

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Story by Campus Live Employee Trinity Porter

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