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

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Texas Tech Red Raiders
(11-7, 1-2)
vs.
Missouri Tigers
(13-7, 3-1)
January 24, 2009
12:30 p.m. CST
TV: Big 12 TV
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

 

Texas Tech
Statistic
Missouri
129
K.P. Rank*
5
100.8 (167)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
118.0 (8)
96.8 (99)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
88.2 (14)
78.9
Points Scored
84.8
76.1
Points Allowed
64.1
38.4
Rebounds
39.1
15.8
Assists
19.8
15.1
Turnovers
12.7

 

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G So. 14.0 3.4 6.0
Alan Voskuil 6-3 181 G Sr. 13.7 4.3 2.0
Michael Prince 6-7 208 F Sr. 3.9 3.3 0.8
D'Walyn Roberts 6-7 194 F So. 7.2 4.6 0.7
Robert Lewandowski 6-10 240 C Fr. 4.8 3.3 0.8
Missouri Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Kim English 6-6 200 G Fr. 6.7 1.6 1.3
Zaire Taylor 6-4 189 G Jr. 5.5 2.9 1.3
T.J Tiller 6-3 200 G Jr. 7.7 3.1 3.2
Keith Ramsey 6-9 210 F Fr. 4.7 3.3 0.9
DeMarre Carroll 6-8 225 F Sr. 15.7 7.1 1.9

 

Keys to the Game:

  1. Pray: KenPom gives Texas Tech a 3% chance of winning this game. Say a sweet thought to the diety of your choosing, but maybe specifically pray that Voskuil, Singletary and Roberson all have the games of their lives.
  2. Slow The Fast Break: As noted above, the Tigers are averaging almost 20 assists a game and although Junior Knight likes to run, this might be a situation where the Red Raiders try and control the tempo for more of a half-court game.
  3. Let Cook Be Healthy: Considering Missouri is averaging almost 40 rebounds a game, this would be a great game for Trevor Cook to make a return. Cook offers so much more than Suljagic and Cohadarevic, although Suljagic can play good defense. Quite simply, Cook is a better overall player and an offensive threat.

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.