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Preview and Open Game Day Thread: New Mexico vs. Texas Tech

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New Mexico Lobos
vs.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
December 20, 2008
12:00 p.m. CST
TV: ESPN 360
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

 

Texas Tech
Statistic
New Mexico
88
K.P. Rank*
77
106.9 (80)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
107.5 (72)
96.7 (120)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
95.7 (107)
88.0
Points Scored
75.6
78.8
Points Allowed
65.2
39.8
Rebounds
36.8
17.7
Assists
17.9
14.2
Turnovers
13.4

 

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G So. 17.1 3.8 6.1
Alan Voskuil 6-3 181 G Sr. 14.1 5.7 2.5
Darko Cohadarevic 6-9 242 F Jr. 4.4 2.8 0.9
D'Walyn Roberts 6-7 194 F So. 7.5 4.0 0.9
Trevor Cook 6-8 241 F Jr. 9.6 3.5 0.2
New Mexico Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Dairese Gary 6-1 205 G So. 9.3 2.6 5.1
Phillip McDonald 6-5 190 G Fr. 8.4 4.3 1.3
Tony Danridge 6-5 215 G Sr. 12.9 3.4 2.5
Ramon Martinez 6-6 185 F Jr. 10.4 6.1 2.0
Daniel Faris 6-9 235 F Sr. 10.8 6.6 0.6

 

Keys to the Game:

  1. Trying to Outmuscle: According to LAJ's Jeff Walker, Darko Cohadarevic is going to get the start today, squeezing out Mike Singletary. My best bet is that Junior Knight wants to control the boards and win the game that way. New Mexico isn't a huge rebounding team, so this is certainly worth watching.
  2. Guarding Danridge: This could be problematic. Without Okorie to guard the most athletic player, this job falls to Roberts, who certainly has the ability to guard just about anyone on the court, however, this now eats into the depth of the team and early fouls by Roberts means that the already thin bench is even thinner.
  3. Singletary Off The Bench: Because of Cohadarevic's start, Singletary gets moved off the bench and I think I like this move. Singletary is a pretty good 6th man and is typically much better than opposing teams' players off the bench. Hopefully Singletary will provide a spark off the bench if the Red Raiders need a lift.

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.