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Texas Tech Red Raiders
(10-5, 0-0)

vs.
Baylor Bears

(12-2, 0-0)

January 10, 2009
12:30 p.m. CST
TV: Big 12
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

 

Texas Tech
Statistic
Baylor
105
K.P. Rank*
30
103.9 (117)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
117.3 (10)
97.7 (118)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
95.4 (77)
83.2
Points Scored
63.5
78.0
Points Allowed
65.4
38.9
Rebounds
36.9
16.6
Assists
14.1
14.4
Turnovers
13.4

 

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G So. 15.2 3.7 6.4
Alan Voskuil 6-3 181 G Sr. 13.9 5.1 2.1
Nick Okorie 6-1 190 G Jr. 10.3 3.3 1.5
D'Walyn Roberts 6-7 194 F So. 7.8 4.8 0.7
Robert Lewandowski 6-10 240 C Fr. 4.6 2.6 0.8
Baylor Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Tweety Carter 5-11 180 G Jr. 11.2 3.2 2.7
Henry Dugat 6-0 173 G Sr. 13.8 3.7 3.1
Curtis Jerrells 6-1 208 G Sr. 16.7 4.6 6.2
Kevin Rogers 6-9 244 F Sr. 12.1 7.3 0.6
Mamadou Diene 7-1 250 C Sr. 2.1 1.7 0.1

 

Keys to the Game:

  1. Slap The Floor: I think the problem started defensively out front with the guards moving their feet and staying in front of TCU. Baylor is going to be on a different level in terms of guard play and everyone on the lineup has got to stay in front of their man or play some unbelievable help defense.
  2. Return of Rizvic: I'm not looking for center Esmir Rizvic to have a huge impact, but because Trevor Cook and Damir Suljagic are both out until next week, Rizvic could play an important role today as both Diene and Lomers are big guys in the middle and Lewandowski can't do it alone.
  3. Someone Has To Step Up: The more further the season progresses the more I think that someone has got to step up and be "the guy" for this team. It would be nice if it were Alan Voskuil, but I think that his points depend largely on how well his teammates set him up, and the more I think about it, the more I think that establishing Singletary as a scorer might not be a bad move.

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.