No. 25 Texas Tech fell to No. 5 Gonzaga in a must-win matchup Saturday afternoon. The Red Raiders had a tough time scoring in the paint, with both teams double-teaming the post on nearly every possession. They limited Timme to seven points on 2-of-4 shooting, and freshman phenom Chet Holmgren to five points on 1-of-5 shooting. However, Gonzaga overcame the Red Raiders’ defense by working the ball out to the 3-point line. In the second half, they shot a staggering 13-of-31 (3 of eight threes), and even hit four during their big run in the second half.
Texas Tech’s shooting woes were turned around in a 69-55 loss to Gonzaga. The Yellow Jackets shot 41.9% from 3-point range and were led by Rasir Bolton and Andrew Nembhard. Neither had made a three in four previous games. The two combined to shoot 3 of 5 in the second half. Although Gonzaga did not score the game-winning three, Texas Tech was able to counter the offensive team’s misfortunes with its defense.
No. 25 Texas Tech fell to No. 5 Gonzaga in a Colangelo Classic. The Red Raiders flipped their shooting woes and shot 41.9%. Rasir Bolton and Andrew Nembhard combined for 31 points, and both shot nine-for-18 from three. Before the game, the senior had not made a three in four straight games. On the other hand, he converted three of five of his five attempts in the second half.
Texas Tech was a strong contender in the AP Top 25 but has since dropped to the bottom. No. 25 Texas Tech will most likely be knocked out of the NCAA Tournament despite having a good season. Fortunately, Gonzaga isn’t out of the running yet, but it will definitely fall out of the AP Top 25 in the coming weeks.
Gonzaga is ranked in the AP Top 25 this week. After beating No. 25 Tennessee in the AP poll on Saturday, Texas Tech was nominated for the first time in history. Despite the loss, the Red Raiders are still in the Top 30 overall rankings. They are a great team and will continue to improve in the future. The Red Raiders are one of the best in the NCAA, and they are likely to stay there as long as they don’t lose the next game.
No. 25 Texas Tech fell to No. 5 Gonzaga in the latest AP Top 25. The Yellow Jackets are now No. 9 in the country and will play a game against a team that is ranked No. 8 in the AP. They have a good chance of making the tournament final. In fact, if the team isn’t ranked yet, it may not even make it into the top four.
Gonzaga had a difficult time beating No. 25 Texas Tech in this game. It had to play aggressively on defense and defend the rim well. But the team fought hard, but they did not have the edge in the rebounding battle. The only difference between the two teams was the score. The final score was the same. The team’s defensive effort was efficient.
Despite losing the Colangelo Classic, Texas Tech’s players were not discouraged. They knew the team would be able to win and compete with a Top 25 opponent. Nevertheless, they did not perform well on offense against Gonzaga. They will have to improve if they want to advance in the tournament. But no one will predict the AP Top 25 final.
Gonzaga’s star big men are the key to its success. Both Drew Timme, a top recruit for 2021, and Chet Holmgren, a freshman from New York, are a huge reason why the team is so popular. The team had to work hard to get to Phoenix, but that won’t stop them from playing. Regardless, they have to keep improving to get to the top.