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First it was patience with a slew of caller faces and underclassmen, which changed into urgency without a signature triumph to amended the NCAA Tournament résumé.

Now, aft going winless done the archetypal 5 games of the Big 12 Conference slate, it's survival.

The Texas Tech men's hoops squad has gone done the gamut of emotions during the regular season, but the astir captious is enduring a five-game losing streak to commencement league play — the archetypal five-game skid successful 8 years.

Fardaws Aimaq making his debut past Saturday astir ended the slide, but, aft letting a double-digit pb gaffe away, the Red Raiders suffered a 72-70 roadworthy nonaccomplishment to No. 10 Texas — snapping a four-game winning streak successful Austin.

It was different adjacent nonaccomplishment for the Red Raiders, who person dropped 4 of their 5 league contests by six points oregon less — sans a 34-point roadworthy nonaccomplishment to Iowa State.

“We’re excited astir getting better,” said Texas Tech manager Mark Adams, whose squad is 10-7 wide and 0-5 successful the Big 12. ”We’re seeing our squad present commencement to determination successful the absorption we privation to move. We anticipation it’s bully capable to bushed a precise bully Baylor team.”

In immoderate ways, Baylor (12-5, 2-3) is besides successful the aforesaid mode aft reeling disconnected a brace of victories to adjacent successful connected .500 successful league play. The Bears, who were picked to triumph the league, person struggled to get going and person proven wherefore the Big 12 is specified a grind of a conference.

And, conscionable similar Texas Tech, nary 1 volition instrumentality pity.

That means support moving until that changes.

”Don’t springiness up connected these guys are moving hard — they judge successful themselves,” said Adams, whose squad has mislaid back-to-back games astatine home. ”They had a large cognition (Sunday) erstwhile we’re successful a concern a batch of teams are in.

“Players commencement to springiness up and uncertainty themselves. Not these guys. They judge that they tin get this turned around.”

If they program to bash conscionable that, the Red Raiders volition request to proceed their enactment connected the antiaircraft broadside of the hoops during the archetypal 20 minutes against UT. Texas Tech and indispensable bash the aforesaid against the Bears, who are averaging 80.6 points per crippled — 2nd successful the league — and making a league-best 9.5 3-point shots per contest.

Baylor was besides the lone Big 12 squad to triumph a roadworthy crippled a week ago.

Keyonte George, a 6-foot-4, 185-pound freshman guard, leads the discourtesy astatine 17.2 points per crippled to spell with 4.8 rebounds. Adam Flager (16.5 points, 2.6 rebounds) and LJ Cryer (13.9 points, 2.1 rebounds) circular retired the double-digit scorers for Baylor, which is shooting 36% from the three-point line.

Jalen Bridges, a West Virginia transfer, has chipped successful 9.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

“They’ve got great, large talent, got a batch of acquisition back, champion 3-point shooting squad successful the conference,” Adams said. ”One of the hardest teams to guards due to the fact that of their speedy guards. … This is simply a big, large crippled against Baylor.”

It volition besides beryllium the 2nd crippled Texas Tech is scheduled to person each disposable players successful uniform. Aimaq returned aft suffering a breached bony successful his ft during an offseason workout — portion it appears K.J. Allen, who did not play, was cleared aft dealing with a nagging little limb wounded the past fewer weeks.

Daniel Batcho, who dislocated a digit connected his close hand, inactive has that heavy taped and appears to beryllium gaining backmost the value helium mislaid portion suffering from an undisclosed illness.

All that to say, Adams is elated to person a afloat platform to enactment with Tuesday night.

Last Saturday, it had Kevin Obanor, Batcho and Aimaq connected the level astatine once. The trio not lone added size successful the post, but magnitude connected the perimeter — on with stretching the Longhorns defence due to the fact that it needed to instrumentality with 3-point shooters successful Obanor and Aimaq.

The trio was incapable to spot their imaginable owed to Batcho amassing 4 fouls with 15:23 to play successful the 2nd half. The sophomore finished with zero points and 1 rebound successful 19 minutes. His lack meant Aimaq needed to measurement successful and log much clip connected the court, 29 minutes to beryllium specific.

"And helium wanted to play successful each of them, that's conscionable Fardaws," Adams said of Aimaq, who finished with 12 points and 5 rebounds successful his archetypal crippled since March 9, 2022. "He's bare to get backmost connected the floor. And I was truthful arrogant of him, to play the mode helium played. ... I thought helium did highly good for his archetypal game."

Jaylon Tyson could beryllium different subordinate to watch, heck, and X-factor if helium tin support his vigor level connected the antiaircraft extremity adjacent to what occurred successful Austin. Obviously, helium had other information playing against his erstwhile squad and admitted arsenic overmuch postgame.

But, his effort translated into a double-double (12 points, 14 rebounds) — the archetypal of Tyson’s career. The other borderline allowed Tyson to pat into a much assertive mindset connected discourtesy and permeated into the remainder of his teammates.

Adams is hopeful that occurs Tuesday nighttime successful beforehand of a raucous location crowd. If so, the Red Raiders volition beryllium celebrating much than conscionable a triumph — it volition beryllium a rallying constituent for imaginable aboriginal success.

“I deliberation anybody is unsafe if they’re bare and their back's to the wall,” Adams said. ”We conscionable hap to acceptable that mold. I’d similar to deliberation we’re dangerous. We wanna get that triumph and we’re desperate.

“They’re successful endurance mode.”


When: 8 p.m. Tuesday

Where: United Supermarkets Arena

Records: Texas Tech 10-7, 0-5. Baylor 12-5, 2-3

TV: FM 97.3

Radio: ESPNU

Coverage: Follow @cmsilvajr connected Twitter for unrecorded updates, with postgame investigation and much astatine lubbockonline.com.

Fast fact(s): Last Saturday successful Austin, Fardaws Aimaq played successful his archetypal crippled since putting up 20 points and 11 rebounds successful 36 minutes against Abilene Christian backmost connected March 9, 2022. In the nonaccomplishment to No. 10 Texas, Aimaq had 12 points and 5 rebounds successful 29 minutes.


Team, Big 12 record, Overall record

Kansas, 5-0, 16-1

Kansas State, 4-1, 15-2

Texas, 4-1, 15-2

Iowa State, 4-1, 13-3

TCU, 3-2, 14-3

Baylor, 2-3, 12-5

Oklahoma, 2-3, 11-6

Oklahoma State 1-4, 9-8

Texas Tech, 0-5, 10-7

West Virginia, 0-5, 10-7

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