Texas Tech to Face Pittsburgh in Legends Classic | Game Preview

Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Tech Red Raiders will face the Pittsburgh Panthers in Brooklyn, New York, in the Legends Classic.

THE INFORMATION

Game Details
TEAMS Pittsburgh (4-0, 0-0)
Texas Tech (4-1, 0-0)
WHERE Barclay Center | Brooklyn, New York
WHEN 6:30 pm Monday November 25th
CONSUME Radio - TTSN | TV - ESPN2

THE CHARACTERS

Starters
Texas Tech Pittsburgh
Robert Turner (6-3/180) PG James Robinson (6-3/200)
Dusty Hannahs (6-4/210) SG Cameron Wright (6-4/205)
Jaye Crockett (6-7/210) SF Lamar Patterson (6-5/225)
Jordan Tolbert (6-7/225) PF Michael Young (6-8/245)
Dejan Kravic (7-0/235) C Talib Zanna (6-9/230)

THE ANALYSIS

Key Matchup | Young vs. Tolbert: Even with Alabama, I think that Tolbert held an athletic advantage, but what a fantastic opportunity for Tolbert to try to corral Young, who isn’t a high scoring player, but he is a lot. And really, this should be a matchup that Tolbert dominates. There are few players that can match Tolbert athletically and Tolbert should get his 15 points tonight. I’d also mention that I think that the Kravic and Zanna matchup should be fun too as Zanna averages 15 points a game in just 22 minutes, so he’s putting the ball in the hoop. It will be interesting to see how Kravic and Kader Tapsoba try to play Zanna.

Take Aim: It’s a homecoming for Jamal Williams, Jr., who is from Brooklyn. How cool is that, to be able to go home and play a couple of games in front of your family? Williams, Tapsoba and Toddrick Gotcher are the big players off the bench and Williams might have his number called early because he’s a bit of a bigger player and might matcup well with Pitt’s sixth man Durand Johnson (6-6/205). I’ve always like Williams defensive ability and with Williams returning home, he might be a good play for head coach Tubby Smith. No matter what, Pitt has some big guards to contend with, so I do think that Gotcher, Hannahs and Williams are all going to have their hands full.

Game Day Links:

  • The official site has your preview of tonight's game.
  • I really am happy that Williams gets to go home and the LAJ spoke with Williams go home and play in front of his family and friends. It wouldn't surprise me at all if he started this game and the next game. Go check it out.
  • Our SB Nation blog brothers at Cardiac Hill write about the week ahead for their basketball team, which includes thoughts about competing in the Legends Classic.
  • The TribuneLive writes about Pittsburgh finally hitting the road to play some games.
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