Texas Tech Basketball Team’s Guards Show Signs of Breaking Out of Shooting Slump in Victory over TCU

Texas Tech Basketball Team's Guards Show Signs of Breaking Out of Shooting Slump in Victory over TCU

The Texas Tech basketball team secured a much-needed victory against TCU on Tuesday night, in a thrilling game that showcased the resurgence of the Red Raider guards. Over the past few games, the Texas Tech guards had faced a shooting slump, including Pop Isaacs, the team’s leading scorer. Isaacs had struggled to find his offensive rhythm, scoring just 7.3 points per game in the previous three games. His shooting woes were evident, with only 5-33 shots from the field and 3-15 from beyond the arc.

Joining Isaacs in the slump was Chance McMillan, the team’s top bench scorer, who hit just 2 out of his 18 attempts from long range in the last three games. This was surprising, considering his previous success from the 3-point line, where he had made eight against Butler and six against Oklahoma.

Joe Toussaint, another guard, also faced an offensive downturn despite averaging 11 points per game. His shooting efficiency took a hit, with a 35.7% shooting percentage from the floor, down from his season average of 42.3%. Despite his point production, he required a higher number of shots to reach his totals. However, Texas Tech managed to go 2-1 during that stretch, thanks in part to the efforts of Darrion Williams.

For Texas Tech to make any significant impact in March, Isaacs, McMillan, and Toussaint will need to regain their top form. Fortunately, Tuesday’s comeback victory over TCU provided a glimmer of hope for the Red Raiders. Isaacs led the team with 19 points, although his shooting percentages were not ideal. Nevertheless, he found ways to contribute offensively, particularly from the free-throw line, where he went 11-12.

Isaacs demonstrated a willingness to be aggressive on offense, even when his jump shot wasn’t falling. Previously, he had attempted only ten free throws in the three prior games combined, but against TCU, he shot twelve. This newfound aggression could have a significant impact on his overall game.

McMillan, coming off the bench, contributed nine points against TCU, hitting one of his four 3-point attempts. While there is room for improvement, it was encouraging to see him connect from beyond the arc. He will need to adjust to the defensive tactics aimed at limiting his 3-point opportunities, and it will be up to Coach Grant McCasland to devise strategies to create better looks for him.

Toussaint had another impactful game, scoring 14 points on 4-10 shooting. Like Isaacs, he was effective from the free-throw line, going a perfect 5-5. These performances were preceded by a strong showing against a tough Iowa State defense, where he scored 16 points.

In college basketball, guard play is crucial, especially in the NCAA Tournament. Texas Tech has a real chance to make a deep run this year, but for that to happen, Isaacs, McMillan, and Toussaint will need to continue their upward trajectory. The TCU game showed glimpses of their potential breakout performances, and if they can maintain this level of play for the rest of the season, Texas Tech could become a formidable team.