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Preview: Nebraska v. Texas Tech

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February, 6, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. at the United Spirit Arena, Lubbock, Texas

Television: Lubbock - Channel 28; Dallas - Channel 52; Houston, Channel - 55

Let's get to the numbers:

The Numbers:

Team K.P. Rank Off.Eff. Def.Eff. Points/Game Points Allowed Rebounds
Texas Tech 56 30 86 72.0 67.5 31.8
Nebraska 72 63 97 68.9 61.9 28.8

Players to Watch:

Player Rebounds Assists Points
Aleks Maric 7.9 0.9 17.0
Ryan Anderson 4.3 1.6 11.1
Jamel White 2.8 2.6 9.8

Keys to the Game:

  1. Dominate the Boards: Tech has a perfect opportunity to completely dominate the rebounding in Tuesday's game. That's not something we've been able to say, since, Louisiana Tech? Anyway, Nebraska's biggest rebounder, Aleks Maric has played well all season, but he's all they've got inside. This should be a confidence booster, an opportunity for Plefka, Dora and Suljagic to stretch their wings a bit and rebound like there's no tomorrow. I expect Tech to win the rebounding battle tomorrow night by 10, any less and I'll be disappointed.
  2. Find That Consistent Third Option: Tomorrow might be one of the few remaining opportunities for Tech to find that consistent scoring threat. It may simply come down to the coaches trusting Decensae White, as he appears to be the player with the most upside and the least amount of fear of shooting. He's also active on the boards which lends itself to easy buckets. I've been saying all year that it appears that Tech's been grooming Decensae for a point forward type position, but maybe it's time for Decensae to post up some of the smaller players and work the offense from that position.
  3. Just Win This Game: This is it, this is Tech's opportunity to win a game they should win. There are 4 very winnable games left on the schedule: Nebraska, Colorado, Baylor and Iowa State. Tech plays Oklahoma State (twice), Texas A&M and Texas all away, so the chances of winning those games aren't quite as good. The bottom line, Tech has got to win the games they're supposed to win, and they have to win at home if they even want to sniff the tournament. We'll certainly see what Tech is made of after Tuesday night's game.

Probable Starting Lineups:
The Nebraska Cornhuskers and The Texas Tech Red Raiders
Sek Henry, G, 6-3, Fr. / Martin Zeno, F, 6-5, Jr.
Ryan Anderson, G, 6-4, Fr. / Decensae White, F, 6-6, Fr.
Alekx Maric, C, 6-11, Jr. / John Plefka, F, 6-9, Sr.
Chalres Richardson, Jr., G, 5-9, Sr. / Charlie Burgess, G, 6-1, Jr.
Marcus Perry, G, 6-2, Sr. / Jay Jackson, G, 6-1, Sr.

* The Legend: 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.