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Preview and Open Game Day Thread: Eastern Kentucky vs. Texas Tech

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Eastern Kentucky
vs.
Texas Tech
November 22, 2008

1:30 CST
TV: None
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

 

Texas Tech
Statistic
Eastern Kentucky
94
K.P. Rank*
179
140.7 (21)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
93.6 (186)
119.6 (272)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
96.1 (166)
111.7
Points Scored
61.5
50.3
Rebounds
28.5
21.0
Assists
12.5
15.0
Turnovers
12.0

 

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G So. 14.7 3.0 6.7
Alan Voskuil 6-3 181 G Sr. 11.3 7.0 2.3
Nick Okorie 6-1 180 G/F Jr. 16.3 3.0 1.3
D'Walyn Roberts 6-7 194 F So. 9.0 3.7 1.7
Trevor Cook 6-8 241 F Jr. 10.0 3.0 0.3
Eastern Kentucky Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Dayvon Ellis 6-0 - G Jr. 4.0 2.5 4.0
Mike Rose 6-3 195 G Sr. 19.0 3.0 1.0
Papa Oppong 6-4 175 G Jr. 9.0 8.5 1.5
Justin Stommes 6-7 195 G/F So. 13.6 4.5 0.0
Ryan Wiersma 6-6 215 F Sr. 2.5 2.0 0.5

 

Keys to the Game:

  1. Pound The Boards: It doesn't appear that EKU is a very big team and if there was ever a team that Texas Tech could take advantage of, EKU appears to be it. Oppong, a guard, appears to be their best rebounder, I wonder if Junior Knight is going to put Roberts on Oppong in an attempt to slow him down.
  2. Stop Rose: EKU appears to rely on Rose quite a bit and it will be interesting to see how matches up on Rose. Okorie's defense, from what I've seen is better than Voskuil's and I'd imagine that Okorie gets the nod initially.
  3. Keep Running: . . . but play some defense. Thursday night's offensive explosion was pretty amazing, statistically, speaking, but someone is going to need to slap the floors and play a little defense this afternoon as EKU appears to be a defense oriented team.

GO RAIDERS . . .

*Stats can be found at Ken Pomeroy: 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.