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The TCU Horned Frogs (4-0, 0-0) v. The Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-2, 0-0)

Wednesday, November 28, 2007 @ 7:00 p.m.

Television:
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The Numbers:

Texas Tech Statistic TCU
28 K.P. Rank* 52
114.0 Offensive Efficiency* 106.3
86.5 Defensive Efficiency* 87.5
66.7 Points Scored 84.8
29.8 Rebounds 49.8
13.8 Assists 17.3
16.2 Turnovers 14.3

Keys to the Game:

  1. Slow Down the Frogs: Over 80 points a game? Is Billy Tubbs still the head coach. Granted, most of TCU's opponents have been less than impressive, but scoring over 80 a game is nothing to sneeze at. Look for the Texas Tech defense to rebound after their disappointing effort against Butler.
  2. Dominate the Frogs: The Horned Frogs might be one of the better teams in a relatively weak non-conference schedule and it would nice to see our Red Raiders dominate what appears to be an inferior opponent.
  3. Control the Boards: I know, I have to stop focusing on rebounding and I promise I'll stop, at least for a game, but how could I refuse to notice the rebounding advantage that TCU holds statistically over Texas Tech? A 20 rebound advantage means that Cook, Roberts, Singletary and whoever else plays needs to control the boards.

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G Fr. 11.3 2.3 3.2
Alan Voskuil 6-3 175 G Jr. 14.5 4.8 2.8
Martin Zeno 6-5 208 G/F Sr. 14.3 4.8 3.2
D'Walyn Roberts 6-7 194 F Fr. 5.6 2.2 0.2
Trevor Cook 6-8 225 F So. 4.7 3.0 0.3
TCU Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Henry Salter 6-4 215 G Jr. 14.5 6.3 1.0
Brent Hackett 6-2 203 G Sr. 15.8 1.8 1.5
Mike Scott 6-0 175 G Fr. 4.5 0.8 3.3
Alvardo Parker 6-8 218 F Sr. 10.5 7.5 1.0
Kevin Langford 6-8 243 F Jr. 11.3 6.3 1.3

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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.