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Preview and Open Game Day Thread: Pittsburgh vs. Texas Tech

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Pittsburgh Panthers
vs.
Texas Tech
November 28, 2008
6:30 CST
TV: HD Net
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

 

Texas Tech
Statistic
Pittsburgh
84
K.P. Rank*
8
103.7 (121)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
134.3 (2)
90.9 (86)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
91.0 (87)
108.3
Points Scored
80.0
46.5
Rebounds
40.7
22.8
Assists
16.3
14.5
Turnovers
15.7

 

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G So. 16.0 3.2 6.2
Alan Voskuil 6-3 181 G Sr. 16.6 6.6 2.6
Nick Okorie 6-1 180 G Jr. 13.2 3.2 1.6
D'Walyn Roberts 6-7 194 F So. 8.8 4.2 1.2
Trevor Cook 6-8 241 F Jr. 9.4 4.2 0.2
Pittsburgh Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Levance Fields 5-10 190 G Sr. 13.6 2.8 7.6
Jermaine Dixon 6-3 190 G Fr. 7.8 1.8 2.0
Sam Young 6-6 215 F Sr. 19.4 5.2 1.6
Tyrell Biggs 6-8 240 F Sr. 8.0 4.6 0.8
Gary McGhee 6-10 255 C So. 3.4 3.2 0.0

 

Keys to the Game:

  1. Making A Statement: This may be the biggest non-conference game of the year, Junior Knight has the perfect opportunity to make a statement against a ranked opponent.
  2. The Bigs: Pittsburgh will offer something that Texas Tech would normally only see in conference play, which is talented forwards who can score. Young is obviously talented, but Blair (17.5 pts; 13.3 reb; 1.0 ast) is immensely talented and doesn't even start.
  3. Control the Tempo: Not having much opportunity to watch Pitt, I would imagine that Texas Tech needs to dictate the tempo of the game, don't let it get out of hand and keep it close.

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.