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Preview and Game Day Thread :: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

OPPONENT: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (1-1, 0-0)
LOCATION: Johnson Coliseum :: Nacogdoches, TX
DATE: November 24, 2009
TIME: 7:00 p.m. CST
RADIO: Affiliates
GAME CAST: Fox Sports

Game Day Stat:

SFA: The Lumberjacks are really struggling, ranked 301st in the nation in adjusted offense and 302nd in the nation in adjusted defense, and that's only after 2 games. SFA was blown out on the road against Minnesota, but played much better against Jackson St.

Texas Tech: After 5 games, the Red Raiders are holding opponents to 59.4 points per game. After 5 games last year, which included St. Francis, PA, Sam Houston St., East Central Oklahoma, Eastern Kentucky and Southeastern Louisiana, this team was holding opponents to 77.2 points a game. Big improvement.

Players Focus:

SFA: G Eddie Williams is leading his team in scoring and reboundings, as well as finding the time to grab 1.5 steals a game:

Texas Tech: G Nick Okorie busted out a bit, in more than one way. Against Lamar, ,Okorie scored 19 points on 5 of 11 from the field, including 7 of 9 from the free throw line and 2 for 3 from beyond the arc. Okorie also managed 4 assists and 4 steals for the night, all the while losing a molar. Yikes!

Needs Repair

SFA: Same thing as Lamar, thus far early in the season, the Lumberjacks are awful at turning the ball over, a rate of 27.5% for the year and 15.5 per game. It's somewhat relative to know that if a team is only averaging 52 points a game, turning the ball over more than 15 times a game is not good.

Texas Tech: You never like to see your team out-rebounded and you especially never like to see your team out-rebounded by Lamar by 6 boards. That's just not acceptable. To make matters worse, the Cardinals out-rebounded the Red Raiders by 5 on the offensive side of the ball. That must improve.