Preview | Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Oklahoma St. Cowboys

COLUMBIA MO - FEBRUARY 15: Javarez Willis #3 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders hangs his head in the final seconds of the game against the Missouri Tigers on February 15 2011 at Mizzou Arena in Columbia Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

(12-16, 4-9)

Date | February 26, 2011
Time | 6:00 pm CST
Good Guys | Texas Tech Red Raiders
Bad Guys | Oklahoma St. Cowboys
Location | Gallagher-Iba Arena | Stillwater, OK
TV | B12N
Radio | Affiliates
GAME CAST | Fox Sports


(16-11, 4-9)


PREVIEW

WHAT TO EXPECT | I'm wondering if we can expect much of the same as the last time these two teams met. Earlier, Texas Tech beat Oklahoma St. 75-74 in overtime, and it was a 3-pointer with 53 seconds left that would eventually lead to a Texas Tech win and pulled Texas Tech within a .500 record. So can we expect most of the same? In Lubbock, Texas Tech shot better than OSU, had fewer turnovers and shot free throws at a much higher rate. The only one of the four-factors that Oklahoma St. had an advantage was offensive rebounding (and rebounding overall) where the Cowboys had 24 offensive boards to Texas Tech's 12 offensive rebounds. I don't think that free throw discrepancy continues in Stillwater, where Texas Tech attempted 39 free throws to Oklahoma St.'s 20 free throw attempts in Lubbock.

The bad thing for Oklahoma St., and perhaps Texas Tech, is that the Cowboys have lost 4 straight (Nebraska, Texas, Texas A&M and Kansas) and like Colorado, if Oklahoma St. has any intentions on making it to the NCAA Tournament (probably unlikely) the Cowboys have to secure a win against Texas Tech.

DT's Tommy Magelssen writes that despite Texas Tech's recent skid, SF Mike Singletary is not giving up:

"You’ve just got to keep going," Singletary said after Wednesday’s loss. "That’s the type of team we are; we just keep going. You know, there’s a lot of games in preseason that we wish we could have back, but, I mean, it’s over now — you’ve got to keep going.

"We got a couple of games left here in the Big 12 to finish it out, and we want to go out with a good record in the Big 12 Conference."

More after the jump.

KEY MATCHUPS | The offensive stalwart Keeton Paige went off on Texas Tech for 26 points, although it took him 15 shots to get those 26 points and Paige's counter-part, John Roberson, only had 12 points . Clearly OSU won that matchup from a scoring department and I'd love for Roberson to really focus on Paige defensively. He's only averaging 13 points a game. I mentioned above the incredible rebounding disparity in the last game and SG Markel Brown (8 rebounds), PF Marshall Moses (8 rebounds), PF Darrell Williams (7 rebounds) all helped crash the boards for Oklahoma St. and so that means guys like Reese, Roberts and Lewandowski need to keep these guys off the backboard and cannot allow the 24 offensive rebounds and 44 rebounds overall.


PROBABLE STARTERS

TEXAS TECH
Position Player Ht/Wt Class Pts Rbs Ast
G John Roberson 5-11/168 SR 14.0 2.0 4.2
G David Tairu 6-3/177 SR 9.5 2.7 0.9
G Brad Reese 6-6/195 SR 11.6 4.5 1.7
F D`walyn Roberts 6-7/200 SR 5.8 4.8 0.8
F Robert Lewandowski 6-10/256 JR 9.0 5.0 1.0
OKLAHOMA ST.
Position Player Ht/Wt Class Pts Rbs Ast
G Keiton Page 5-9/165 JR 13.6 1.9 1.9
G Markel Brown 6-3/190 FR 6.1 2.3 1.1
G Jean-Paul Olukemi 6-5/215 SO 11.2 3.9 0.9
F Marshall Moses 6-7/255 SR 14.6 7.3 0.9
F Darrell Williams 6-8/255 JR 7.1 7.3 0.9

 

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