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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (1-4, 0-0) v. The Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-3, 0-0)

Wednesday, December 5, 2007 @ 7:00 p.m.

Television:
TTTN

The Numbers:

Texas Tech Statistic Louisiana Tech
68 K.P. Rank* 321
101.4 (153) Adjusted Offensive Efficiency* 83.0 (326)
86.9 (30) Adjusted Defensive Efficiency* 106.0 (247)
67.1 Points Scored 53.2
30.5 Rebounds 37.4
13.9 Assists 8.2
16.1 Turnovers 15.8

You'll note that I added the numbers in parentheses in the K.P. rankings and those numbers represent the national rank of each of those numbers. Thus, 326th most efficient offensive team and the 247th most efficient defensive team. That's what our Red Raiders are facing tonight. I think you know what we can all expect.

Keys to the Game:

  1. Complete Domination: After Saturday's pathetic performance I expect a completely different team. If that's not what we see then this could be a much longer season than I anticipated. Louisiana Tech is a woeful offensive team and Texas Tech is statistically is the 30th best team in the nation. This should be a slam dunk.
  2. Get Roberson Back On The Floor, A Lot: Roberson had 28 minutes against Centenary and I understand that it was Burgess' play that brought them back against TCU, but Roberson needs to be a bigger part of the offense and he needs to handle the ball as much as possible. If Texas Tech is going to be bad this year, I'd much rather be bad and young than bad and old. Burgess can be an excellent third guard off the bench, but Roberson, although not quite the defender that Burgess is, is a better basketball player at this point.
  3. 6 Shots: That's the total number of shots that Voskuil had on Saturday - and he made 5 of them. For the year Voskuil is making 60.3% of his shots and 69.7% of his 3-point shots. I've bitched about this before, but Voskuil has got to be an offensive leader on this team. Not every shot is going to be the perfect shot and I feel like that's what Voskuil is waiting on, the perfect shot. He's got to start putting the ball in the bucket with more frequency.

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G Fr. 9.9 2.1 2.5
Alan Voskuil 6-3 175 G Jr. 14.4 4.3 2.3
Martin Zeno 6-5 208 G/F Sr. 16.6 5.8 3.5
Mike Singletary 6-5 226 F Fr. 4.4 2.4 1.1
Trevor Cook 6-8 225 F So. 4.5 2.8 0.5
Louisiana Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Drew Washington 6-2 175 G Jr. 5.8 1.4 1.0
Jonathan Clark 6-0 175 G Jr. 8.4 4.4 2.0
Kyle Gibson 6-4 195 G So. 14.4 9.2 1.0
Dwayne Lathan 6-3 185 G Fr. 5.4 3.2 0.6
Keith Smith 6-7 225 F Sr. 5.6 4.4 0.8

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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. Numbers in parentheses is national rank.