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Weekly Red Raider and Big 12 Recap

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The Red Raiders improved to 3-0 on the year after 64-55 victory over Louisiana Tech on Monday night. Kevin Obanor and Oregon transfer De’vion Harmon led the offense scoring 15-points apiece. Followed by Freshman Pop Isaacs who had a strong performance scoring ten points, with four assists, and two rebounds. Isaacs also connected on a huge 3-pointer late in the game to help put Red Raiders out of reach.

Daniel Batcho scored nine points and recorded seven rebounds in the contest. Batcho led the Red Raider defense with a career high six blocks on Monday night. He is now averaging 2.3 blocks per game.

Cobe Williams had a great game for the Bulldogs, scoring 16 points, although the Louisiana Tech offense was sufficiently neutralized. The Bulldogs were 20/53 on field goals and scored only 25% from the 3-point line.

The Red Raiders advanced to number 23 in the Associated Press Top 25 Rankings, behind No. 5 Baylor, No. 6 Kansas, and No. 11 Texas. However, that is likely to shake up this week after Baylor lost to No. 16 Virginia on Friday night.

TCU was also defeated 64-63 by Northwestern State, the same team Tech handedly beat 72-49 last week. This comes after the Oklahoma Sooners also suffered an early loss against Sam Houston State University.

The Red Raiders will hit the road this week. They are set to play No. 10 Creighton in the Maui Jim Invitational in Hawaii on Monday. The Red Raiders likely have some adjustments to make but have looked good through the homestand.

An upset win in Hawaii would go a long way to solidify Tech as the team to beat in the Big 12 and confirm their ability to be competitive all season.

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