|OPPONENT:||Oklahoma St. Cowboys (12-2, 0-0)|
|LOCATION:||Gallagher-Iba Arena : Stillwater, OK|
|DATE:||January 9, 2010|
|TIME:||7:00 p.m. CST|
|TV:||KAMC (Lubbock); Fox Sports SW; ESPN 360|
|GAME CAST:||Fox Sports|
The Season Thus Far: I think you can tell more about a team from their losses than their wins, especially early in the season. Strangely, I don't know what to think about the Cowboys. OSU's two losses are against Tulsa (a blowout) and Rhode Island (a 4 point loss) and Tulsa is a pretty good team, but Rhode Island isn't bad either. Oklahoma St.'s best wins? Well, I guess a 22 point win against Utah, but the Utes are pretty bad and that's it. The Red Raiders have a bad strength of schedule (#153), but the Cowboys are really bad (#166). To say that the Cowboys haven't been tested at all, is probably true.
More to preview after the jump.
The Main Players: Anderson and Muonelo are by far the Cowboys' best and streakiest players on the team. That's probably why Oklahoma St. hasn't beaten anyone of substance thus far, but when these two are on, then there's not anyone better than can fill up the points. Oklahoma St. starts a fairly young team, especially with Shaw and Page in the starting lineup, but Shaw barely registered 4 minutes a game and he's not really a factor at all. The Cowboys like to run out a relatively small lineup as SF Marshall Moses comes of the bench to contribute 28 minutes and 11 points a game. F Matt Pilgrim is another athletic type that contributes off of the bench.
Keep Anderson and Muonelo at Bay: As mentioned above, these two are incredibly streaky. I still have nightmares of Anderson and Muonelo getting hot from beyond the three-point line and absolutely destroying Texas Tech (I'm sure there's some revisionist's history in there). Whoever is guarding either one of these guys has to protect against either one of these players getting easy three-point shots and this is where PK will have to make a decision about whether guys like Reese and Jenkins will be better than Singletary.
Get to the Line: The Red Raiders have a decided advantage when they go to the line and this is one of those games. Texas Tech has shot 98 more free throws than the Cowboys thus far and there may not be a better way to control the crowd than to get to the line and make some easy buckets.
Rebouding Advantage: The Red Raiders should have a rebounding advantage over Oklahoma St., although the numbers don't show it. The biggest reason why the Red Raiders should have an advantage is because of Roberts ability to dominate a game. If Roberts can stay out of foul trouble, there's no reason why Roberts shouldn't absolutely dominate the offensive glass against Oklahoma St. It's strange to think that Texas Tech has an athletic advantage over another team, but Roberts' talents are unique and I think he's the right type of player that can dominate this game.