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Preview and Game Day Thread :: Northwestern St. Demons vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

OPPONENT: Northwestern St. Demons (1-0, 0-0)
LOCATION: Lubbock, TX :: United Spirit Arena
DATE: November 19, 2009
TIME: 7:00 p.m. CST
RADIO: Affiliates
GAME CAST: Fox Sports


Game Day Stat:

Northwestern St.: The Demons dismantled East Texas Baptist State 77-54, which is their only game of the season. Statistically, the Demons were good against a lesser opponent and the scary part is that as small a school as NW St. actually is, there's still a fairly significant talent gap between them and other schools.

Texas Tech: We've talked about stats ad naseum, but to throw one more out at you, the hot start that G David Tairu is experiencing is pretty remarkable as he is shooting 81.8% from the free throw line, 51.9% from the field, 55.6% from beyond the arc. Tairu's true shooting percentage is 65.1% [PTS/(2 * (FGA + (0.475 * FTA)))], which is remarkable in itself, but is still behind the hot starts of Darko Cohadarevic (66.6%) and D`Walyn Roberts (69.2%).

Players Focus:

Northwestern St.: G Damon Jones led the Demons in scoring in their first game with 16 points appears to be the team leader, although G Charles Clark appears to be a jack-of-all-trades, scoring 8 points, 10 boards, 3 assists and 3 steals.

Texas Tech: SF Mike Singletary didn't get a ton of mention after the 3 wins last week, but the thing that I've preached about Singletary's progression as a player is scroring, rebounding and making positive plays each and every night. Singletary had 15, 14 and 15 points in his first 3 games. If he can give this type of production, while cutting down on turnovers, then he's going to be a valuable player for the Red Raiders in that he's consistent and he can create his own shot.

Needs Repair

Northwestern St.: <sarcasm>The Demons only managed 54 rebounds in their first game, and out-rebounded ETB only by 9 boards.</sarcasm>

Texas Tech: Defensively the Red Raiders have been good, but are sitting at a lowly 6.7 steals per game. Before the conference starts, I'd love to see a more aggressive nature to the defenders and force these types of turnovers by the opposition.