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Trae Young was showered with ‘over-rated’ chants and pictures of him as a kid in loss to Texas Tech

  • Wed, 14 Feb 2018 11:37

Trae’s father, Rayford, was a stud for the Red Raiders.

Texas Tech fans booed Trae Young every time he had the ball. It’s not just because Young is the biggest star in college basketball. He also has deep connections to Texas Tech as a program and nearly decided to play for the Red Raiders.

Young ultimately picked Oklahoma after considering offers from Kansas and Texas Tech. At the time, this is what he said about eliminating the Red Raiders:

“I just think they need more talent,” Trae says. “Sorry, I’m just being honest. I just want to win.”

It must have felt good for Texas Tech fans to watch their team drop Young and the Sooners, 88-78, in Lubbock on Tuesday night. This is the seventh loss in the last nine games for Oklahoma. Meanwhile, Texas Tech leads the Big 12 and is ranked No. 7 in the country.

Young finished with 19 points and six assists, but he also went 0-for-9 from three-point range. That counts as an off night for him. Here’s why this win had to mean more for Red Raiders fans.

Trae Young’s father was a star at Texas Tech

Rayford Young, Trae’s father, played at Texas Tech from 1997 to 2000 and was a baller.

Over his four-year career in Lubbock, Young averaged 14.1 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.2 rebounds. While his son, Trae is a better scorer, we can see where he got his shooting prowess from as the elder Young shot 42.6 percent from the field and 37.9 percent from three-point range.

Another reason why this game was special is back on Feb. 13, 1999, Rayford scored 41 points (32 points in the last nine minutes of the game) to help the Red Raiders defeat Kansas with four-month-old Trae in attendance.

Texas Tech came at Young all night

As the final seconds were ticking off, Texas Tech fans showered Young with “over-rated” chants. Given all the attention Young receives and the way he snubbed the program in his recruitment, it makes sense.

Texas Tech fans did their best to rattle Young with chants and pictures of him as a kid all night:

 via Reddit

By holding him to only 19 points, Texas Tech prevented Young from scoring at least 20 for only the fourth time this season. The freshman is still having an outstanding year. The 6’2 guard out of Norman, Oklahoma entered averaging 29.5 points, 9.4 assists, and 4.1 rebounds in 34.9 minutes per game.

Oklahoma will need Young to play better on Saturday against Texas. It is a must-win for the Sooners as they lost to the Longhorns 79-74 on Feb. 3 to begin their four-game losing streak.

Young must find his three-point shot again for the Sooners to have a chance. In their last four games, he is in a 7-for-41 slump and was held to 0-for-9 shooting from three on Tuesday night. - All Posts


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