December 1, 2011
Tech has issues to work on
Texas Tech basketball heads back on the road tonight for its first true road game against a competitive Texas A&M-Corpus Christi team.
The Islanders (1-3) gave Texas A&M a game in a 56-43 loss Saturday and defeated a NCAA Tournament contending Utah State team. Tech (3-3), meanwhile is hoping to snap a three-game losing skid after a 0-3 performance at the Old Spice Classic tournament in Orlando, Fla., last week.
"You have to take it personal," Tech head coach Billy Gillispie said. "Our guys always play hard. I'm really happy with how hard they try. Mentally, they're starting to play smarter, still making a lot of the crazy plays we don't need to be making. They've always played hard. They play hard, they practice hard, but competition and trying hard are two different things."
Tech has struggled with high turnover and foul numbers all season, and in addition to that Gillispie said the team is still struggling with the fundamentals on offense and defense.
"This is typical of a lot of teams early in the season," Gillispie said. "A lot of teams are probably in the same boat right now, but I don't like it when your guy beats me to a rebound, they beat us in the lane too many times, we don't carry out assignments one-on-one competition deal more so than just playing hard."
Scouting the Islanders
The Islanders have just one player scoring in double figures through four games this season in junior forward Myron Dempsey although senior guard Chris Hawkins-Mast and freshman guard Johnathan Jordan chip in about eight points apiece.
The Islanders aren't very good in the rebounding department. Only Dempsey, who is 6-foot-6 averages eight boards per game, and no one else on the roster averages as high as five.
Ty Nurse and Jordan Tolbert are in double-digit scoring for the Red Raiders at 13 points and 11 points, respectively, while Bean Willis and Toddrick Gotcher have put up about seven points nightly.
Shooting wise, Tech is hitting 49 percent from the field while the Islanders have shot about 35.4 percent.
Where's Robert Lewandowski?
Tech's lone senior, Robert Lewandowski is off to a slow start this season. He's started all six of the Red Raiders' games, but he's played just about 24 minutes in each of them and averaging about six points per night.
Tonight in Corpus Christi, Lewandowski is going to have a two-inch height advantage against anyone on the Islander roster. If he can get some buckets, his confidence could really benefit from a good game tonight.
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