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Texas Tech Red Raiders
vs.
UTEP Miners
December 17, 2008
8:00 CST
TV: TBA
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

 

Texas Tech
Statistic
UTEP
72
K.P. Rank*
129
108.1 (68)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
104.5 (104)
94.4 (94)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
102.4 (214)
89.1
Points Scored
75.6
76.9
Points Allowed
77.0
40.7
Rebounds
38.8
17.8
Assists
12.6
13.8
Turnovers
14.1

 

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G So. 15.3 3.8 5.8
Alan Voskuil 6-3 181 G Sr. 15.3 5.8 2.6
Mike Singletary 6-6 230 F So. 11.1 4.9 2.1
D'Walyn Roberts 6-7 194 F So. 7.6 4.2 2.1
Trevor Cook 6-8 241 F Jr. 10.2 3.9 0.2
UTEP Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Stefon Jackson 6-5 185 G Sr. 21.9 6.6 2.5
Julyan Stone 6-6 195 G So. 5.8 3.8 5.6
Randy Culpepper 6-0 165 G So. 19.8 2.4 1.6
Arnett Moultrie 6-11 225 F Fr. 8.8 7.5 0.4
Kareem Cooper 7-0 285 C Jr. 7.4 5.1 0.4

 

Keys to the Game:

  1. How About Some Defense: If there was every a time to have to concentrate to stop a couple of players, Jackson and Culpepper, now's the time. I'm not sure who's going to cover Jackson. Had Okorie been healthy, he'd be perfect, and I'm afraid that Singletary is a step slow. Roberson is going to have an opportunity to prove that he can play on both ends of the court defending Culpepper.
  2. How About Some Height: Seriously? Six-eleven and seven foot? I'm not necessarily a huge believer in Damir Suljagic, but if there's one guy that I absolutely trust in the post playing defense, it's Suljagic. He might deserve more than a token few minutes tonight.
  3. Work The Offense: As mentioned in DTN's basketball report, Texas Tech cannot afford to get lazy on offense and settle for jumpshots. Keep working the ball inside and give yourself and team some easy opportunities.

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.