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The Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-1, 0-0) v. The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves (2-0, 0-0)

Thursday, November 22, 2007 @ 8:00 p.m.

Television:
ESPN 360

The Numbers:

Texas Tech Statistic Alaska Anchorage
61 K.P. Rank* -
107.2 Offensive Efficiency* -
82.4 Defensive Efficiency* -
60.7 Points Scored 80.0
52.0 Points Allowed 50.5
31.0 Rebounds 39.5
12.6 Assists 20.0
16.6 Turnovers 14.0

Keys to the Game:

  1. Dominating Performance: AA is a talented team, in fact they are ranked 16th in Division II, however, there is no way Texas Tech shouldn't completely dominate the Seawolves. I expect a 25 to 30 point difference in favor of our beloved Red Raiders.
  2. Find A Frontcourt, Again: Coach Knight has made it fairly clear that there are positions available in the frontcourt, ready for the taking. It wouldn't surprise me to see Craig get the start tonight, but I think that Knight would prefer to have someone step up. Right now, guys like Cook, De Bem, Prince, and Rizvic have an opportunity to earn minutes for the best of the season if they can learn to be productive. And by productive I mean rebound like there's no tomorrow and set screens to create open shots for the perimeter players. With Suljagic out for a period of time, their performance becomes even more important.
  3. Keep Voskuil Going: So far, so good for getting Voskuil a few more shots, but let's get Voskuil at least 15 shots for every game during this tournament. There will be increased focus on Voskuil the more he proves he can play and it's time to let him sink or swim. Voskuil needs to be a productive player for the Red Raiders, let's see how he responds to being relied upon.

LAJ's Jeff Walker previews today's game with the Seawolves and Walker notes the Red Raiders traditionally poor showing in Alaska. Perhaps the biggest news coming from this article is that Suljagic is out for a period of time after having arthroscopic surgery on his injured right knee (I didn't know he injured his knee either).

As you probably know by now, there's no real way to determine who the starters will be with Coach Knight at the helm. His lineup could change every day and my guess is merely that, a guess.

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 PG Fr. 7.7 2.7 1.3
Alan Voskuil 6-3 175 SG Jr. 13.0 4.3 3.3
Martin Zeno 6-5 208 G/F Sr. 19.3 5.0 2.6
Rogdrick Craig 6-6 225 SF Jr. 2.0 0.0 0.5
D'Walyn Roberts 6-7 210 F Fr. 1.0 1.5 0.0
Alaska Anchorage Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Luke Cooper 6-0 165 PG Sr. 8.5 1.5 10.0
Chris Bryant 6-4 200 SG Sr. 17.5 5.0 2.0
Cameron Burney 6-7 185 SF Jr. 7.0 4.0 1.0
Carl Arts 6-6 210 PF Sr. 17.5 4.0 1.0
McCade Olsen 6-8 215 F Sr. 13.0 9.5 0.0

This is your open game day thread so feel free to sign up for a free account and leave all predictions, comments and thoughts about the game here.

GO RAIDERS . . .

* Stats can be found 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.