Open Thread for WBB NCAA Tourney -- Sat , March 23, 2013

Ed Zurga

Lady Raiders vs. South Florida Bulls – Saturday, March 23, 2013 5:30pmCST

Go Lady Raiders!!!

RAIDER !!!! POWER!!!!

The #7 Seed Lady Raiders play the #10 Seed South Florida Bulls at the USA in Lubbock, TX on Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 5:30pm CST. This will be the 3rd meeting between these two teams. The series is tied at 1-1.

Tech enters the game with a 21-10 (11-7 Big12) record. The Lady Raiders put the pundits in their place when they finished 4th in the Big12 Conference after being picked to finish 7th in the pre-season poll. Tech was a well oiled machine working together in a smooth basketball dance until the last 2 games of the season where the wheels seemed to come loose. The Lady Raiders fell to Kansas State and then Oklahoma in the final two games of the season. They fell short in the opening game of the Big12 Conference Tournament and lost a tight game to Oklahoma State. I am hoping that they have had two weeks to get their focus back and that they play well and win tonight.

The South Florida Bulls come into the game with a 21-10 (9-7 big East) record. USF is in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006. The Bulls went 8-3 on the road this regular season and had a big wins against at then-No. 12/11 Louisville, Clemson, Georgetown and UNC-Asheville.

Game will be televised on ESPN2 in most areas (if not watch it on ESPN3 on your pc)

The winner of this game moves on to the Round of 32 to play the winner of Saturday's early game between #2 seed California and 15th-seed Fresno State.

Texas Tech

G_Monique Smalls__Averages 8.2 Pts and has 54 Steals

G_Casey Morris__Averages 12.1 Pts and has a 81.8% FT%

G_Chynna Brown__Averages 13.3 Pts and 5.4 Rebounds/game

F_Christine Hyde__Averages 9.5 Pts and 5.7 Rebounds/game

F_Kelsi Baker__Averages 10.6 Pts and 5.6 Rebounds/game

South Florida

G_Andrea Smith__Averages 16.5 Pts and 5.2 Rebounds/game

G_Inga Orekhova __Averages 12.2 Pts and 3.8 Rebounds/game

G_Andrell Smith __Averages 13.8 Pts and 4.9 Rebounds/game

F_Alisia Jenkins __Averages 6.2 Pts and 6.1 Rebounds/game

F_Akila McDonald __Averages 3.7 Pts and 5.9 Rebounds/game

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Stats Texas Tech NCAA South Florida NCAA
Scoring 65.1 109th 69.3 44th
Defensive Scoring 58.4 97th 59.3 114th
Scoring Margin +6.7 74th +9.9 44th
Field Goal % 39.20% 143rd 37.50% 218th
3-Point Field Goal % 32.70% 76th 33.10% 70th
Free Throw % 70.90% 111th 68.40% 192nd
Rebounds Per Game 36.1 -- 44.6 --
Rebound Margin +0.4 157th +4.5 60th
Assists Per Game 10.4 294th 13.5 106th
Turnovers Per Game 14.2 38th 16.3 133rd
Steals Per Game 10.4 53rd 10.7 40th
Turnover Margin +5.2 15th +3.7 42nd
Blocks per game 2.2 311th 4.8 31st
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