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Preview and Game Day Thread :: Samford Bulldogs vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

OPPONENT: Samford Bulldogs (1-4, 0-0)
LOCATION: United Spirit Arena :: Lubbock, TX
DATE: November 24, 2009
TIME: 3:30 p.m. CST
TV: None
RADIO: Affiliates
GAME CAST: Fox Sports

Game Day Stat:

Samford: The Bulldogs are a defensive oriented team, allowing only 62.8 points a game and scoring only 60.6 points a game. It appears that Samford is going to try their darndest to keep this a low-scoring scoring affair. Samford also shoots remarkably well from the field with a eFT% of 56.4%, but they also allow opponents to shoot 52.1%.

Texas Tech: Texas tech has only allowed opponents to shoot 80 3-point shots all year, while Samford has already taken 106 in 5 games. I'm thinking that the Red Raiders will need to protect the 3-point line defensively and let Darko and Lew battle on their own inside.

Players Focus:

Samford: Senior G Trey Montgomery leads his team in scoring (14.0), 2nd in rebounds (4.4) and 1st in assists (3.0). Montgomery also gets to the line more than any other Bulldog and I'm very interested in how Texas Tech matches up with Montgomery as I think Leach will lean on G David Tairu to check him.

Texas Tech: There are 5 players scoring in double-figures for Texas Tech and on one hand, that's refreshing in that there's not one player that the team depends upon, but over the course of this young season, SF Mike Singletary, in his last 2 games, has scored 6 and 9 points. If Singletary is going to be this team's leader then he needs to find a way to get the ball in the bucket and take advantage of his opponent each and every game.

Needs Repair

Samford: The Bulldogs have played a tough schedule thus far, #55 in terms of strength of schedule, and statistically speaking, their numbers aren't too bad. Samford lost to Texas A&M 68-49 last week and this is the first common opponent that I've found and perhaps the Bulldogs will be a good measuring stick for the future.

Texas Tech: Rebounds again. I won't go so far as to say that the rebounding performance against SFA was pathetic, but it's not good and it must get better. This team was out-rebounded by 4 and that trend really needs to stop.