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Stanford Cardinal (9-1, 0-0) v. The Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-4, 0-0)

Saturday, December 22, 2007 @ 3:30 p.m.

Television:
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The Numbers:

Texas Tech Statistic Stanford
50 K.P. Rank* 13
104.7 (111) Adjusted Offensive Efficiency* 114.6 (28)
86.4 (22) Adjusted Defensive Efficiency* 86.1 (19)
68.6 Points Scored 78.3
31.7 Rebounds 41.0
14.3 Assists 16.6
16.2 Turnovers 13.6

Keys to the Game:

  1. Zeno Needs to Play: I don't think there's any doubt that without Zeno in the lineuup, there's little to zero chance that the Red Raiders can get a victory. Texas Tech struggles to score and Zeno is the most gifted scorer on the team. Zeno and Knight need to put their discretions last week behind them.
  2. They're Good, Real Good: Umm, Stanford is very good offensively and according to KenPom better than Texas Tech defensively. Texas Tech is abysmal on offense thus far, partly because of the high number of turnovers compared to the relative few assists. This game could get ugly very quickly. You'll also note that I included a 6th man in listing the probable starters as the more talented of the Lopez brothers, Brooks, isn't starting yet, but as you'll note, he's a 7-footer who is scoring 20 points a game. I'm guessing Rizvic starts just because starting Suljagic, despite a decent defensive presence, just isn't going to get it done to keep up offensively.
  3. Unacceptable: I've said it once before, but Voskuil only getting 6 shots against New Mexico is absolutely unacceptable. If Voskuil is going to be a leader on this team he's going to have to do a little more on the offensive end. It's not going to get any easier from this point forward, especially with conference play looming. Get used to shooting with a man in your face or get used to creating space to get off your shot.

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G Fr. 10.4 2.2 2.8
Alan Voskuil 6-3 175 G Jr. 12.7 3.9 1.9
Martin Zeno 6-5 208 G/F Sr. 15.0 5.1 3.2
Mike Singletary 6-5 226 F Fr. 7.1 2.9 1.4
Esmir Rizvic 7-0 252 C Sr. 3.0 1.6 0.1
Stanford Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Mitch Johnson 6-1 190 G Jr. 6.8 3.6 4.5
Anthony Goods 6-3 205 G Jr. 12.8 2.2 2.6
Lawrence Hill 6-8 215 F Jr. 11.0 6.1 0.9
Taj Finger 6-8 200 F Sr. 6.1 5.4 0.8
Robin Lopez 7-0 255 C So. 10.9 6.4 1.0
Brooks Lopez 7-0 260 C So. 20.0 6.0 0.0

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GO RAIDERS . . .

*Stats can be found Ken Pomeroy, via Basketball Prospectus: K.P. Rank = the Ken Pomeroy 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. Numbers in parentheses are national rank.