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The Iowa State Cyclones (14-12, 4-7) v. The Texas Tech Red Raiders (14-11, 5-6)

Saturday, February 23, 2008 @ 12:30 p.m.

Television:
ESPN Plus

The Numbers:

Texas Tech
Statistic
Iowa State
46
K.P. Rank*
98
108.3 (86)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
101.9 (160)
90.9 (34)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
92.4 (42)
70.3
Points Scored
64.4
30.6
Rebounds
34.8
12.9
Assists
12.9
15.1
Turnovers
13.3

Keys to the Game:

  1. Get To The Line: Jeff Walker touched on this earlier this morning, but the Red Raiders have got to get to the line and get that ISU frontcourt in some foul trouble. I also would like to think that if Roberson and Burgess can push the ball, that provides a little more opportunity for easy fouls and easy buckets. I would imagine that Roberson has learned from Wednesday's game with Colorado that he's got to take care of the ball and make sure that he and his teammates get to the line.
  2. Big Frontcourt: ISU has some decent sized players and although I've projected Singletary to start, I wonder how effective or how long he'll play. I'm not too confident in Singletary's outside shot so I'm not sure if he's going to be able to take Brackins outside to take advantage of his quickness. I'd expect to see quite a bit of Rizvic and Cook today to match-up with the Cyclones and if they play then they need to also be opportunistic on the offensive end of the floor.
  3. Feed Voskuil: The best way to open up a frontcourt is to hit some outside shots and there aren't many that are currently hitting like Voskuil. He's been somewhat invigororated playing under PK, much more assertive, and he's been a joy to watch. Things get much easier for everyone if Voskuil is making his outside shots so his teammates need to continue to set him up.

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G Fr. 12.5 2.7 3.6
Alan Voskuil 6-3 175 G Jr. 13.1 4.0 1.4
Martin Zeno 6-5 208 G/F Sr. 16.0 4.4 2.8
Mike Singletary 6-5 226 F Fr. 8.0 3.4 1.1
Damir Suljagic 6-8 245 F Jr. 5.2 4.2 0.7
Iowa State Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Bryan Peterson 6-1 180 G Jr. 5.2 2.2 3.2
Wesley Johnson 6-7 195 G So. 13.0 3.7 1.6
Rashon Clark 6-6 210 G Sr. 9.1 6.2 1.1
Craig Brackins 6-10 230 F Fr. 10.9 4.8 1.4
Jiri Hubalek 6-11 225 C Sr. 13.1 7.2 0.8

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GO RAIDERS . . .

*Stats can be found Ken Pomeroy, via Basketball Prospectus: 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.