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Tubby Smith is now 2-0 at the helm of the Red Raider program.

November 11, 2013

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Texas Tech Head Coach Tubby Smith

Can you talk about Luke’s charge fouls?
He’s a tough, hard-nosed player. He’s a typical coaches son: he understands the game. He’s in there telling people what to do, telling me what to do and he should because he sees things on the court. When he gets to the game, he sets the tone defensively by being so aggressive.

What’s you idea of good three-point shooting on a normal night, percentage wise?
I’d say if you shoot over 40%, you’ll have a good night. Tonight we shot about 54. If we can shoot 40 plus percent night in and night out, consistently on the year, we’ll have a good year.

Is it encouraging to know you can win a variety of ways?
We want to be a versatile team and I think we have a lot of depth, where everybody does something different, everybody has a role to play on the team. We have some very competitive practices and it’s showing on the court.

Do you think this was a very balanced effort from you team, shooting well from the three, and then leading in scoring in the paint?
The balance that this team showed tonight is what we’re going to have to have in order to compete against a good team like Alabama or any other team we face. Again our poise—we got behind, we didn’t panic, we made some mistakes but we kept playing the right way.

Can you tell us what you told Jordan after you took him out after the dunk and the technical?
I told him we’re not going to allow that and that’s a selfish act. I don’t tolerate that and don’t do it again.

Have you already started thinking about Alabama?
Oh yeah. They’ll be tough there. They had a tough loss against that Oklahoma team, so we know they’ll be ready. And they always have good athletes, very athletic, so we’ll focus on them tonight.

Any special Veteran’s Day message?
We appreciate them. We all owe them a bit of gratitude for their sacrifices—leaving home, leaving families to protect our freedom—I can’t thank them enough and we should thank them everyday.

Did you talk to the team about that?
We mentioned it today, but we really didn’t talk a lot about it. They recognize. They’ve heard me talk about my family, my dad, who was a wounded veteran, so I think they understand.

Your thoughts on Turner’s performance tonight, aside from the lights-out shooting?
He was a lot more under control tonight than he was the other night. He’s learning everyday in practice; he’s getting better and he’s understanding. He’s always energized in practice and he goes so hard and that’s want you want, guys who are giving 100% every time he’s out there.




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