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

Nebraska Cornhuskers
(12-7, 2-4)
Texas Tech Red Raiders
(11-9, 1-4)
January 31, 2009
7:00 p.m. CST
TV: Big 12 TV
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

Texas Tech
K.P. Rank*
103.1 (134)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
103.6 (120)
98.0 (115)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
91.0 (33)
Points Scored
Points Allowed

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G So. 14.4 3.5 6.3
Alan Voskuil 6-3 181 G Sr. 13.7 4.4 2.2
Michael Prince 6-7 208 F Sr. 3.9 3.1 0.7
D'Walyn Roberts 6-7 194 F So. 6.9 4.5 0.7
Robert Lewandowski 6-10 240 C Fr. 6.2 3.4 0.7
Nebraska Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Cookie Miller 5-7 165 G So. 7.2 2.3 4.1
Ade Daqunduro 6-5 200 G Sr. 11.4 3.4 2.3
Sek Henry 6-3 200 G Jr. 9.1 3.2 2.2
Steve Harley 5-11 180 F Sr. 12.0 3.4 2.3
Chris Balham 6-8 235 F Jr. 2.2 2.3 0.1

Keys to the Game:

  1. Seriously, Go Inside: So long as PK doesn't adjust his lineup to matchup with Nebraska, Robert Lewandowski should get the nod, which means that he'll have a distinct advantage over Balham. Lew has had a great past two games and the nice thing about Lew's play is that he doesn't bring the ball down around his waist for the pesky Nebraska guards to steal the ball. Force feed Lew
  2. Stay Out of Foul Trouble: Considering Nebraska is such a guard heavy team and Texas Tech is not (Roberson, Okorie and Voskuil), it's imperative that the Red Raiders trio of guards stay out of foul trouble for the game. Nebraska shoots fewer free throws than Texas Tech (367 to 422), so perhaps this won't be a huge issue. Stay in front of your man, but do not reach.
  3. Desperate For A Win: I thought the Cornhuskers were robbed in their most recent loss to Kansas (seemed the refs called a foul near the end of the game on NU when it didn't appear to be a foul at all) and I'm afraid that these guys are going to be highly motivated. But Texas Tech needs to be motivated too, especially playing at home, there's no reason that the Red Raiders cannot win this game.


*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.