#47 Texas Tech Men's Basketball 2021-2022 Preview

Texas Tech Red Raiders
2021-2022 Overall Rank: #47
Conference Rank: #6 Big 12
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The Chris Beard era ended with three trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a national championship game appearance in 2019. Coach Mark Adams steps into the leading role after being an assistant under Beard during his entire tenure at Texas Tech. Three starters are gone, but Coach Adams has a nice returning core to build around and brought in eight transfers to fill the holes.
2020-21 Record: 18-11, 9-8
2020-21 Postseason: NCAA
Coach: Mark Adams
Coach Record: 0-0 at Texas Tech, 44-90 overall D1
Key Departed Players:
Mac McClung, Guard, 15.5 ppg
Kyler Edwards, Guard, 10.1 ppg
Micah Peavy, Guard, 5.7 ppg
Nimari Burnett, Guard, 5.3 ppg
Jamarius Burton, Guard, 4.3 ppg
Tyreek Smith, Forward, 2.6 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Terrence Shannon Jr, Junior, Guard, 12.9 ppg
Kevin McCullar, Junior, Guard, 10.4 ppg
Marcus Santos-Silva, Senior, Forward, 8.3 ppg
Chibuzo Agbo, Sophomore, Guard, 2.0 ppg
Clarence Nadolny, Junior, Guard, 1.8 ppg
Key New Players:
Kaelen Allen Sophomore, Forward, JC Transfer
Adonis Arms, Senior, Guard, Transfer from Winthrop
Daniel Batcho, Freshman, Forward, Transfer from Arizona
Sardaar Calhoun, Junior, Guard, Transfer from Florida State
Ethan Duncan, Freshman, Guard
Kevin Obanor, Senior, Forward, Transfer from Oral Roberts
Davion Warren, Senior, Guard, Transfer from Hampton
Bryson Williams, Senior, Forward, Transfer from UTEP
Mylik Wilson, Junior, Guard, Transfer from Louisiana
Terrence Shannon and Kevin McCullar will form a solid backcourt duo. Shannon is the team’s top returning scorer and averaged 12.9 points and 4.0 rebounds. McCullar struggled at times shooting the ball, but the 6-6 junior is great at attacking the basket, hitting the glass and using his length to play defense. Marcus Santos-Silva is a decent interior scorer and led the team with 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. Bryson Williams and Daniel Batcho could join Santos-Silva in the starting frontcourt. Batcho comes from Arizona and Williams averaged 17.8 points and 7.2 rebounds and 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds during his two seasons at UTEP. Kevin Obanor will at least add experienced depth after averaging 18.7 points and 9.6 rebounds at Oral Roberts in 2020-2021. Florida State transfer Sardaar Calhoun highlights the transfers in the backcourt. He saw limited minutes with the Seminoles, but has the talent to make a big impact. Adonis Arms proved to be a big scoring threat off the bench at Winthrop and Mylik Wilson was also a double-digit scorer at Louisiana last season. Davion Warren is a big guard who ranked 13th in the nation in scoring while at Hampton last year. He will not repeat that 21.2 points per game with the Red Raiders, but he can make an impact in the Big 12. Obviously, Texas Tech has had to do some reloading. That could keep them from reaching the NCAA Tournament again, but Coach Adams’ team will continue to play tough defense and that could be enough for them to end up on the right side of the bubble.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NCAA
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 72.5 (136th in nation, 7th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 63.2 (23, 1)
Field-Goal Percentage: 43.9 (178, 5)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.2 (56, 3)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 6.4 (259, 9)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 35.4 (96, 4)
Free-Throw Percentage: 71.0 (172, 7)
Rebound Margin: 1.7 (137, 6)
Assists Per Game: 13.1 (174, 6)
Turnovers Per Game: 10.8 (22, 1)
Madness 2022 NBA Draft Rankings:
#38 Terrence Shannon