Texas Tech Tries to Stop High Scoring Texas Southern | Game Preview

Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Tech Red Raiders return home to host the Texas Southern Tigers, a high scoring team with a familiar player coming off the bench.

THE INFORMATION

Game Details
TEAMS Texas Southern (2-2, 0-0)
Texas Tech (2-1, 0-0)
WHERE United Spirit Arena | Lubbock, Texas
WHEN 8:00 pm Monday November 18th
CONSUME Radio - TTSN | TV - ESPNU

THE CHARACTERS

Starters
Texas Tech Texas Southern
Robert Turner (6-3/180) PG Ray Penn (5-9/160)
Dusty Hannahs (6-4/210) SG Law Johnson-Danner (6-4/180)
Jaye Crockett (6-7/210) SF Victor Amick (6-6/210)
Jordan Tolbert (6-7/225) PF Jose Rodriguez (6-7/215)
Dejan Kravic (7-0/235) C D'Angelo Scott (6-7/215)

THE ANALYSIS

Key Matchup | C Aaric Murray vs. C Dejan Kravic: I’m sure that maybe Kravic thought that he got rid of Murray at some point last year when he was at West Virginia (he was also suspended part of the year). Murray is a supremely talented, but oftentimes troubled, center that graduated from West Virginia and ended up transferring to Texas Southern to start fresh. And Murray is averaging 24 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 blocks a game. Kravic will have his work cut out for him. Kravic has seemed tentative the two games that I’ve seen him. A bit unsure offensively, even more than last year. I still have confidence that Kravic will figure it out.

Take Aim: Former Indiana head coach, Mike Davis, is at Texas Southern and they were actually quite good last year, 16-2 in conference, but couldn’t play because of NCAA issues that Texas Southern was facing prior to Davis arriving. Even then, Texas Southern has four players averaging in double-figures, led by Murray, and Rodriguez and Penn also average 17 points a game. This should be interesting to see how Texas Tech plays this game. Texas Southern is one of the worst defenses in the nation, with an adjusted defense ranked 325th. The top two goals will be keeping Texas Southern off the boards and off the line. Make them earn their points.

Game Day Links:

  • The official site has your preview of the game.
  • The LAJ previews the game, in particular some quotes from Smith on Murray.
  • I posted this on Saturday morning, but on Friday, F Zach Smith (VTM profile) and SG/SF Justin Gray (VTM profile) signed their national letters of intent.  PG Keenan Evans has not signed his LOI, but he still can do this later in the year.
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