No. 25 Texas Tech look to knock off the rust against Alabama State

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Texas Tech's Davion Warren (2) talks to Adonis Arms (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Eastern Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson) ORG XMIT: TXBT109
Texas Tech's Davion Warren (2) talks to Adonis Arms (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Eastern Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson) ORG XMIT: TXBT109

It's been a while.

After a short holiday break, the Texas Tech men's basketball team returns to the court to complete the first portion of its regular season schedule.

The itinerary will ramp up for the Red Raiders, starting with a 1 p.m. Tuesday home contest against Alabama State to close out the nonconference portion of the slate.

The game was moved up to help accommodate fans who wanted to watch the Tech football team play in the Liberty Bowl later in the afternoon.

Prior to the bowl game, the Red Raiders (9-2) will go through their final tune-up before entering Big 12 Conference play.

But before any of that can be on the mind, Texas Tech needs to focus on what went well in a 78-46 win over Eastern Washington less than a week ago and make sure that carries over in its matchup with the Hornets.

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"What a great Christmas that is for me and the entire team," Adams said Dec. 22 following a win over Eastern Washington. "We were in the giving spirit, we shared the ball and defensively we were helping each other. I was very pleased with the teamwork that we had today."

Texas Tech had four players finish in double figures, led by Adonis Arms and Bryson Williams, who each netted 12 points in the victory over the Eagles.

Arms has finished with double-digit point totals in his last three games, starting in two of those contests, while Williams snapped a streak of four games in which he did not eclipse double figures.

More so, other players stepped up without Terrence Shannon Jr., who has not been in the lineup due to lingering back spasms. Shannon has missed the last two games due to the back spasms, while Mylik Wilson is looking to get back in uniform following minor knee surgery.

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Texas Tech's Kevin McCullar (15) dunks the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Eastern Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson) ORG XMIT: TXBT103
Texas Tech's Kevin McCullar (15) dunks the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Eastern Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2021, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Brad Tollefson) ORG XMIT: TXBT103

"He's day-to-day, but we think he'll be ready right after Christmas to play," Adams said of Shannon's status back on Dec. 22.

Kevin Obanor (11 points, seven rebounds, career-high four assists) and Kevin McCullar (10 points, three rebounds) also aided on the offensive end in the win over the Eagles.

"I think in any sport, you have to deal with adversity," Adams said. "Those come through injury, and we've had our share. But I think we've handled it well. Looking forward to getting Mylik (Wison) and T.J. (Shannon) back.

"At the same time, I thought our other guys did a great job of filling in and covering for them. Was pleased that our guys did that."

Alabama State (1-10) battled No. 17 Texas before falling 68-48 in Austin.

Gerald Liddell, who leads the team with an 11.4 points per game average, ended with 16 points against the Longhorns. Juan Reyna was the other player that cracked double digits with 10.

Altered schedule

Texas Tech was slated to host Oklahoma State in a New Year's Day contest, but things changed.

Due to COVID protocols within the Cowboys basketball program, the Red Raiders-OSU contest has been pushed back to a 6 p.m. Jan. 13 contest.

The result means Texas Tech begins its Big 12 Conference fight with an 8 p.m. Wednesday road contest against No. 8 Iowa State in Ames.

TEXAS TECH VS. ALABAMA STATE

When: 1 p.m. Wednesday

Where: United Supermarkets Arena

Records: Texas Tech 9-2; Alabama State 1-10

Online stream: ESPN+

Radio: FM 97.3

Game coverage: Follow @byStephenGarcia on Twitter for live updates, with postgame recap and interviews to follow on www.lubbockonline.com.

This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: No. 25 Red Raiders look to knock off rust against Alabama State

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