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Texas Tech Red Raiders
(12-11, 2-6)
vs.
Kansas State Wildcats
(16-7, 5-4)
February 10, 2009
7:00 p.m. CST
TV: ESPNU
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

Texas Tech
Statistic
Kansas State
108
K.P. Rank*
34
104.5 (112)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
109.4 (56)
98.6 (122)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
90.6 (33)
78.7
Points Scored
76.6
77.6
Points Allowed
65.0
38.1
Rebounds
39.7
16.1
Assists
14.2
15.4
Turnovers
14.0

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G So. 14.7 3.6 6.4
Alan Voskuil 6-3 181 G Sr. 14.0 4.3 2.1
Michael Prince 6-7 210 F Sr. 4.4 3.4 0.8
Damir Suljagic
6-8 250 F S4. 2.5 1.8 0.3
Robert Lewandowski 6-10 240 C Fr. 6.9 3.9 0.8
Kansas State Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Jacob Pullen 6-0 200 G So. 13.7 2.3 3.2
Denis Clemente 6-1 180 G Jr. 14.3 2.4 3.2
Dominique Sutton 6-5 210 F So. 7.6 5.0 1.0
Darren Kent 6-10 230 F Sr. 8.8 5.9 1.2
Luis Colon 6-10 265 C Jr. 5.4 5.0 0.7

Keys to the Game:

  1. Someone Might Want to Guard Clemente: Clemente busted onto the scene with a 44 point effort against Texas, but he's been consistently good for much of Big 12 conference play. Clemente has been a little off since that 44 point performance (4-13 and 5-16) so maybe there's a chance he's a little off, but much like Baylor's Dunn, Texas Tech needs to make sure that Clemente doesn't get hot behind the 3-point line.
  2. Solid Guard Play: It was so nice to look at the Baylor boxscore and see how both Roberson and Voskuil really took control of that game, didn't turn the ball over, an put the ball in basket. I'm sure that this team is accutely aware of the need to play the same way, especially on the road, but Roberson and Voskuil have both got to be good.
  3. Lewandowski Continue Improvement: Big Lew has another challenge in front of him, but he's really stepped up his game over the past 5 games, scoring in double figures for each of those games and certainly becoming an offensive threat.

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.