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Texas Tech Red Raiders
(11-8, 1-3)
vs.
Texas A&M Aggies
(15-5, 1-4)
January 28, 2009
8:00 p.m. CST
TV: ESPNU
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

 

Texas Tech
Statistic
Texas A&M
111
K.P. Rank*
82
101.7 (145)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
105.8 (93)
96.7 (96)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
95.1 (76)
79.3
Points Scored
69.3
77.2
Points Allowed
63.6
38.8
Rebounds
36.7
15.8
Assists
12.0
15.8
Turnovers
12.6

 

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G So. 14.1 3.4 5.9
Alan Voskuil 6-3 181 G Sr. 13.6 4.5 2.2
Michael Prince 6-7 208 F Sr. 3.8 3.2 0.8
D'Walyn Roberts 6-7 194 F So. 7.3 4.7 0.7
Robert Lewandowski 6-10 240 C Fr. 5.4 3.3 0.8
Texas A&M Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Donald Sloan 6-3 205 G Jr. 11.6 3.7 3.2
Derrick Roland 6-4 185 G Jr. 5.4 2.3 1.7
Josh Carter 6-7 200 G/F Sr. 12.9 4.2 1.7
Bryan Davis 6-9 240 F Jr. 10.2 6.0 0.9
Chinemelu Elonu 6-10 233 C Jr. 10.3 7.4 0.2

 

Keys to the Game:

  1. Push Offensively: Let's be clear, I'm not advocating just running up and down the court, but I don't think it's any secret that TAMU has struggled somewhat with their offense and it may not be a bad idea to pressure the Aggies offensively to keep pace with Texas Tech. And yes, I can hear RoyalsReview snickering (shoutout).
  2. Rebounding Edge: I would have bet a lot of money that TAMU was averaging more rebounds than Texas Tech, but that's not the case. Considering the way that the Red Raiders crashed the boards against Mizzou, I think this could be a big key going forward.
  3. Turning It Around: I'm not willing to say that if Texas Tech can win this game, they'll turn the season around, but both of these programs are desparate for a win and although I think the Aggies are more talented, I think both of these teams are comparable as these programs are in a state of flux. Win today and you've done a lot for your program the season.

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.