Texas Tech didn’t prepare a homecoming parade for Oklahoma freshman Trae Young on Tuesday.
In fact, the seventh-ranked Red Raiders showed zero love to No. 23 Sooners the day before Valentine’s Day in Lubbock, Texas. After trailing at halftime, Texas Tech ran away with an 88-78 win over Oklahoma and kept its place atop the Big 12 standings.
The Sooners’ freshman point guard, who was born in Lubbock and is the son of former Texas Tech standout Rayford Young, was showered with “overrated” chants, as well as a not-so-friendly chant that included a four-letter word that was followed by “you,” in the final minutes of the Big 12 clash.
Trae Young didn’t anticipate Texas Tech fans would be nice to him when he visited United Supermarkets Arena for the first — and likely only — time on Tuesday. He’s grown accustomed to being the villain everywhere he goes, according to NewsOK’s Ryan Aber.
“I get that everywhere I go,” Young said. “Just because I’m back here in Lubbock, I didn’t think I was going to get a welcome-home type of feel.
“I wasn’t expecting anything different tonight.”
Young, who was held to without a made 3-point attempt for the first time all season, couldn’t help his Sooners end their road slump against the Red Raiders. Oklahoma has lost seven-consecutive games on the road with trips to Kansas and Baylor still remaining on its regular-season slate.
Oklahoma appeared to be a legitimate Big 12 championship contender after a hot start to its 2017-18 season, but the Sooners’ hype train has fizzled as they continue to flop on the road.
Oklahoma returns home to face Texas on Saturday for the second meeting of the season between the two programs. The basketball version of the Red River Showdown is scheduled for a 12 p.m. ET start at Lloyd Noble Center.
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