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Preview and Open Game Day Thread: Colorado vs. Texas Tech

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Colorado Buffaloes
(8-8, 0-2)
vs.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
(10-7, 0-2)

January 20, 2009

7:00 p.m. CST
TV: TTTN
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

 

Texas Tech
Statistic
Colorado
129
K.P. Rank*
193
101.9 (152)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
99.6 (184)
98.0 (119)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
102.8 (212)
79.9
Points Scored
66.9
77.3
Points Allowed
66.9
38.5
Rebounds
28.8
16.1
Assists
12.6
14.9
Turnovers
14.4

 

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G So. 14.1 3.5 6.0
Alan Voskuil 6-3 181 G Sr. 14.3 4.6 2.1
Michael Prince 6-7 208 F Sr. 4.1 3.3 0.9
D'Walyn Roberts 6-7 194 F So. 7.2 4.5 0.6
Robert Lewandowski 6-10 240 C Fr. 4.8 3.1 0.8
Colorado Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Dwight Thorne II 6-2 185 G Jr. 11.8 3.4 1.9
Cory Higgins 6-5 185 G So. 17.6 6.1 2.7
Nate Tomlinson 6-2 180 G Fr. 8.2 2.6 3.4
Austin Dufault 6-8 210 F Fr. 9.4 3.9 1.1
Jeremy Jackson-Wilson 6-6 230 F Sr. 5.4 4.1 1.3

 

Keys to the Game:

  1. Pound The Ball Inside: Why the hell not? Lewandowski should have a field-day inside because CU's biggest player is Jackson-Wilson. How bad could it be to see Lew get 10 shots inside? I would almost guarantee that it would open things up for Voskuil.
  2. Keep Them Off The Boards: I told you last week that I was going to keep this here and considering the rebounding advantage Texas Tech has, I can't help but keep this here again. Win the rebounding and you'll win the game.
  3. Triple Screen For Voskuil: I'm convinced that in order for this team to do well, someone has to step up offensively and I'm down to Voskuil, which means that I think Pat Knight is going to need for his teammates to set triple-screens (I'm pretty sure that's not a real basketball term) to get Voskuil open to get his looks.

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.