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

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TCU Horned Frogs
(9-5, 1-0)
vs.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
(10-4, 0-0)

January 6, 2009
7:00 p.m. CST
TV: TTTN
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

 

Texas Tech
Statistic
Texas Christian
105
K.P. Rank*
114
103.9 (117)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
100.2 (174)
97.7 (118)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
95.3 (78)
83.4
Points Scored
65.1
77.5
Points Allowed
58.3
39.4
Rebounds
32.6
17.1
Assists
13.1
14.3
Turnovers
15.2

 

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G So. 15.2 3.7 6.4
Alan Voskuil 6-3 181 G Sr. 13.9 5.1 2.1
Nick Okorie 6-1 190 G Jr. 10.3 3.3 1.5
D'Walyn Roberts 6-7 194 F So. 7.8 4.8 0.7
Robert Lewandowski 6-10 240 C Fr. 4.6 2.6 0.8
TCU Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Keion Mitchem 5-10 160 G Jr. 5.7 1.2 1.3
Jason Ebie 6-1 175 G Jr. 5.3 2.7 4.2
Kevin Langford 6-8 245 F Sr. 13.4 5.1 0.6
Edvinas Ruzgas 6-6 200 F Jr. 10.4 3.4 0.8
Zvonko Buljan 6-9 220 C Jr. 11.9 6.4 1.4

 

Keys to the Game:

  1. Force Turnovers: I was surprised to see that TCU turns the ball over so much. It would be nice to see the Red Raiders turn the table a bit and try and continue that trend.
  2. A Challenge For Roberts: Lanford looks like he's going to be an interesting matchup for D'Walyn Roberts. I want to watch if Roberts can stay out of foul trouble, which would provide a huge benefit defensively.
  3. Control: Roberson was much more composed against SFA and I'd like to see him continue that trend. Less turnovers is a good thing, however, he is good in transition and I don't want to see him give up that part of his game.

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.