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Preview and Open Game Day Thread: Stephen F. Austin v. Texas Tech


The Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (2-0, 0-0) v. The Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-1, 0-0)

Saturday, November 17, 2007 @ 11:00 a.m.

DFW - Channel 52
Lubbock - KLBK (CBS)

Feel free to comment on the Decensae White situation here in this open thread. I still find it fascinating and am curious as to what exactly happened.

The Numbers:

Texas Tech Statistic Sam Houston St.
19 K.P. Rank 93
110.1 Offensive Efficiency 95.4
75.9 Defensive Efficiency 85.3
61.0 Points Scored 66.5
56.0 Points Allowed 51.0
28.0 Rebounds 55.0
14.0 Assists 12.0
16.0 Turnovers 16.0

Keys to the Game:

  1. Develop A Rotation: It's only the 3rd game of this very young season, but I'd like to see a little consistency in the starting rotation develop tonight. Guys have received minutes in one half, and then not received minutes in the other. Let some guys develop.
  2. Get Zeno On Track: I said in the game review from the SHS game that guys were standing around waiting for Zeno to do something, but in this instance I want guys actively working the offense to create good shots. Those shots will in turn create opportunities for Zeno which will make his life heaps easier.
  3. Watch Kingsley: The Lumberjacks' center is already averaging 22 points and 8.5 rebounds a game. Suljagic will get an early test as to if his game has improved to the point that he can be effective on defense, which we're pretty sure that he can, and still be an option on offense as well.

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 PG Fr. 8.5 2.0 1.0
Alan Voskuil 6-3 175 SG Jr. 11.0 5.0 4.0
Martin Zeno 6-5 208 G/F Sr. 17.5 3.5 3.5
Damir Suljagic 6-8 245 F Jr. 6.0 3.5 1.5
D'Walyn Roberts 6-7 194 F Fr. 0.0 1.0 0.0
Stephen F. Austin Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Eric Bell 5-6 160 PG So. 3.0 2.5 6.0
Gerald Fonzie 6-0 180 SG Sr. 9.0 3.0 1.0
Josh Alexander 6-4 205 SF Jr. 18.0 4.0 3.0
Nick Shaw 6-6 215 PF Jr. 7.5 7.5 0.5
Matt Kingsley 6-9 225 C Jr. 22 8.5 0.0

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* The Legend (All stats can be found at Ken Pomery, via Basketball Prospectus): K.P. Rank = the Ken Pomery Rank; Offensive Efficiency = the national rank in terms of points scored per 100 possessions; Defensive Efficiency = the national rank in terms of points allowed per 100 possession.