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Texas Longhorns
(12-4, 1-1)

vs.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
(10-6, 0-1)

January 17, 2009

3:00 p.m. CST
TV: Big 12
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

 

Texas Tech
Statistic
Texas
112
K.P. Rank*
30
102.7 (134)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
107.1 (73)
97.2 (106)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
87.4 (13)
81.8
Points Scored
72.3
77.7
Points Allowed
61.9
38.9
Rebounds
40.6
16.4
Assists
13.6
14.9
Turnovers
12.4

 

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G So. 14.4 3.6 6.1
Alan Voskuil 6-3 181 G Sr. 14.4 4.8 2.2
Michael Prince 6-7 208 F Sr. 3.9 3.2 1.0
D'Walyn Roberts 6-7 194 F So. 7.6 4.8 0.6
Robert Lewandowski 6-10 240 C Fr. 5.1 3.1 0.8
Texas Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
A.J. Abrams 5-11 161 G Sr. 17.8 2.4 1.6
Justin Mason 6-2 194 G Jr. 6.7 3.8 5.2
Damion James 6-7 222 F Jr. 14.7 8.3 1.2
Connor Athley 6-10 228 F Sr. 6.4 3.7 0.5
Dexter Pittman 6-10 298 C Jr. 9.1 4.7 0.3

 

Keys to the Game:

  1. Maybe There's A Chance: I'm not real confident heading into today's game and I feel that the biggest thing that Texas Tech as going for them is that UT's leading scorer, Abrams, is in one heck of a shooting funk (8-27 vs. OU; 2-10 vs. ISU; and 3-16 vs. Ark). It would be really nice if that shooting touch lasted at least one more game.
  2. Keep Them Off The Boards: I'm probably going to just leave this as a key for the rest of the season, and Pat Knight mentioned it in this morning's notes, but Texas is an awfully good rebounding team and I'm extremely happy that Suljagic and Cook will be back for this game.
  3. Play At Your Pace: I'm not going to try and convince you that the turnovers weren't a killer last Saturday against Baylor, but the Red Raiders had 15 in the first half and were still in the game. If Roberson, Voskuil and Okorie can just be selective when running and take care of the ball, I actually think Texas Tech can win this game. Lose the turnover battle, and I think it's an "L".

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.