Chris Beard on Kansas: ‘Their strength coach must be a magician’

Texas Tech men’s basketball suffered its first home loss of the 2017-18 season on Saturday as No. 8 Kansas clinched at least a share of its 14th straight Big 12 regular season title.

The No. 6 Red Raiders were able to hang close with the Jayhawks for the majority of the contest, but Kansas emerged victorious with a 74-72 triumph.

Following the game, Texas Tech coach Chris Beard tipped his cap to coach Bill Self and the Jayhawks for keeping their remarkable streak of dominance in the Big 12 alive for yet another year. But he didn’t do so without sneaking a joke or two into his post-game remarks, per the Kansas City Star’s Jesse Newell.

“They’ve got those guys who play 40 and 39 minutes. Their strength coach must be a magician.” — Texas Tech coach Chris Beard

Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham played in all 40 minutes of the contest. Guards Lagerald Vick and Svi Mykhailiuk were right behind Graham at 39 and 38 minutes, respectively.

Texas Tech fell to 22-7 (10-6 Big 12) while the Jayhawks moved to 23-6 (12-4) on the season. Each team has two remaining contests in the regular season before the Big 12 Championship Tournament begins on March 7.

Texas Tech and Kansas split the regular season series between the two. The Red Raiders posted an 85-73 win over the Jayhawks in Lawrence on Jan. 2 — the team’s first ever win at Allen Fieldhouse.

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