Preview | Florida A&M Rattlers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE

The Texas Tech Red Raiders will host the Florida A&M Rattlers on New Years Eve with a noon tip-off. The Red Raiders are coming off of an 11 point win against North Carolina A&T, a conference mate of Florida A&M. Projected starting lineups, scouting the Rattlers and keys to the game are at the link.

GAME INFORMATION

vs

Florida A&M Rattlers (4-8, 1-0)


Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-4, 0-0)

December 31, 2012 @ 12:00 pm

United Spirit Arena | Lubbock, TX

TV: FOX Sports SW | Radio: Affiliates | GameCast: FoxSports

Probable Starters

Jamie Adams (5-10/166)

PG

Josh Gray (6-1/175)

Reggie Lewis (6-2/200)

SG

Dusty Hannahs (6-4/210)

Walter Davis (6-5/190)

TG

Trency Jackson (6-2/185)

Jamari Bradshaw (6-6/210)

PF

Jordan Tolbert (6-7/225)

Markee Teal (6-7/235)

C

Dejan Kravic (6-11/240)

SCOUTING THE RATTLERS

Texas Tech and Florida A&M are actually pretty similar statistically. FAMU has a worse RPI and strength of schedule, but not by much in comparison to Texas Tech. The Rattlers are 0-7 on the road this year, so that bodes well for Texas Tech. The Rattlers' best player is the diminutive Adams, who averages 15 PPG and 3.4 APG, although he's only shooting 36% from the floor. Bradshaw is probably the most efficient scorer, averaging 10.75 PPG on 44% from the floor, including 40.9% from the three-point line. In addition to Adams and Bradshaw, Lewis and Muhammad Abdul-Aleem both average in double-figures, although Abdul-Aleem does it off the bench.

FAMU doesn't have a dominant rebounder, sorta like Texas Tech, and you can look to Davis, Teal and Abdul-Aleem to grab most of the boards.

Defensively, they are allowing just about everything and you could make the argument that they have very little defense. They allowing over 77 points a game and 15 assists a game. Those are not good numbers.

KEYS TO SUCCESS

This group needs another game similar to North Carolina A&T. I didn't get to see the NCAT game as I was traveling, but from all accounts, Hannahs and Kravic stepped up big time. It wouldn't surprise me to see Hannah's start to average in double-figures by the end of the year. The kid can shoot and that's something that usually translates from high school to college. Especially since Hannahs can get some nice height on his jump-shot, he's a tough cover.

Not only that, if Hannah's can open things up outside, then the jobs of Tolbert, Kravic and Crockett are going to be infinitely easier. It's amazing how a shooter/scorer like Hannahs can change the way a team operates. I'd expect a similar game to NCAT, Texas Tech wins by 9 or 12 or so, but this most likely won't be a blowout.

GAME DAY LINKS

Texas Tech Closes Out Non-Conference Schedule Against Florida A&M - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site

Improved defense giving Hannahs shot at more minutes | Red Raiders

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