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The Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-1, 0-0) v. The Butler Bulldogs (5-0, 0-0)

Saturday, November 24, 2007 @ 11:30 p.m.

Television:
ESPN2

Texas Tech's Martin Zeno, left, grabs the rebound against Gonzaga's Davis Pendergraft during a Great Alaska Shootout game Friday Nov. 23, 2007 in Anchorage, Alaska. (AP Photo/Al Grillo)

The Numbers:

Texas Tech Statistic Gonzaga
49 K.P. Rank* 9
122.0 Offensive Efficiency* 128.0
84.7 Defensive Efficiency* 70.7
60.7 Points Scored 72.0
31.0 Rebounds 28.8
12.6 Assists 13.8
16.6 Turnovers 9.6

Keys to the Game:

  1. Disrupt the Bulldogs: Butler is a very efficient offensive team and with the improving play of the Texas Tech defense, this should be an intriguing aspect to tonight's game.
  2. Find Zeno: Although I love to see other players step up and take on the scoring load, I still think that much of this team's success will depend upon the play of Martin Zeno. If the opportunities are there, that's fine, but I'd like to see Zeno get a few more scoring opportunities.
  3. Concentrate on Graves: I would imagine that Roberson and Burgess will have the difficult task of covering Butler's outstanding guard, A.J. Graves, and I'm looking forward to see the progress of Roberson in guarding top-flight collegiate talent.

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G Fr. 10.5 2.5 3.2
Alan Voskuil 6-3 175 G Jr. 15.0 5.4 3.2
Martin Zeno 6-5 208 G/F Sr. 13.8 5.0 3.4
Mike Singletary 6-5 226 F Fr. 3.8 2.5 0.8
Trevor Cook 6-8 225 F So. 5.2 3.4 0.2
Butler Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Mike Green 6-1 175 G Sr. 14.0 5.8 4.6
A.J. Graves 6-1 155 G Sr. 18.6 2.4 2.8
Pete Campbell 6-7 200 F Sr. 15.8 4.2 0.8
Drew Streicher 6-7 200 F Sr. 4.2 2.6 1.0
Julian Betko 6-5 200 F Sr. 5.6 3.0 1.8

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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.