Texas Tech Hosts South Dakota St. as Part of Second Game of Legends Classic

Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Tech Red Raiders got back on the winning side of the ledger with a win against Texas Southern on Monday night and tonight, Texas Tech takes on the South Dakota St. Jackrabbits in the second game of the Legends Classic.

THE INFORMATION

Game Details
TEAMS South Dakota St. (1-3, 0-0)
Texas Tech (3-1, 0-0)
WHERE United Spirit Arena | Lubbock, Texas
WHEN 7:00 pm Thursday November 21st
CONSUME Radio - TTSN | TV - FSSW Plus: Suddenlink (81), AT&T U-Verse (754), Direct TV (677)

THE CHARACTERS

Starters
Texas Tech South Dakota St.
Robert Turner (6-3/180) PG Anders Broman (6-2/187)
Dusty Hannahs (6-4/210) SG Brayden Carlson (6-5/200)
Jaye Crockett (6-7/210) SF Chad White (6-6/202)
Jordan Tolbert (6-7/225) PF Jordan Dykstra (6-8/216)
Dejan Kravic (7-0/235) C Cody Larson (6-9/236)

THE ANALYSIS

Key Matchup | SG Brayden Carlson vs. SG Dusty Hannahs: It will be interesting to see how Hannahs, assuming he starts, guards the leading scorer for the Jackrabbits. Carlson is averaging about 16 points a game on 48% from the floor, which is actually really terrific for a guy that’s pretty much only an outside shooter, only 36% of his shots come at the rim. Hannahs had a terrific second half against Texas Southern; however, Hannahs is still trying to figure out what he is offensively as well as figure out how to be more than just an outside shooter. Hannahs displayed some mid-range and driving ability against Texas Southern. Carlson isn’t some world-beater, but Hannahs is going to have his hands full in this game for sure.

Take Aim: Scott Nagy starts his 19th season as the head coach for the Jackrabbits and for his career is 316-201 for his career. Nineteen years. Just seems like one heck of a long time to be a head coach, much less a head coach at one place for such a long period of time. SDSU is struggling defensively more than anything else, and this should be a game where Texas Tech can maybe do some damage offensively. The Jackrabbits have 4 players scoring in double-figures, including Jake Bittle, originally from Bixby, Oklahoma, who is averaging 14 points a game. That’s some pretty nice bench production.

Game Day Links:

  • The official site has your game day preview.
  • The LAJ writes about this team needs to do a better job of playing defense and not fouling:
    "Fouling negates hustle," head coach Tubby Smith said. "When you’re fouling, you’re either out of position defensively or you’re just being lazy. That’s when you foul. No one’s teaching you how to foul … Especially looking at our stats in the four games we’ve played, we’ve just done a very poor job of playing without fouling."
  • The DT also previews the game and Hannahs understands that SDSU is a good test:
    "It’s great to have all this competition to play against," he said. "Texas Southern is a good team and South Dakota State is always making it to the tournament. "We are really valuing these games. They’re going to have us ready for the Big 12, but we want to win them, too. We don’t want to just use them as a getting better process. We want to get better and win these."
  • Congrats to former Red Raider Josh Gray who signed with LSU yesterday. He's home in Louisiana, and that's probably the best thing for him.

Action: Head coach Tubby Smith, Dusty Hannahs and Jordan Tolbert discuss the Jackrabbits.

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