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Preview and Open Game Day Thread: Oklahoma State vs. Texas Tech

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Oklahoma State Cowboys
(15-9, 4-6)
vs.
Texas Tech Red Raider
(12-13, 2-8)
February 18, 2009
8:30 p.m. CST
TV: ESPN2
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

Texas Tech
Statistic
Oklahoma State
106
K.P. Rank*
48
104.8 (109)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
114.9 (18)
99.2 (133)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
98.3 (115)
78.2
Points Scored
83.0
78.6
Points Allowed
75.9
37.2
Rebounds
35.3
16.2
Assists
13.6
15.2
Turnovers
13.0

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G So. 14.4 3.4 6.6
Alan Voskuil 6-3 181 G Sr. 14.0 4.2 2.0
Nick Okorie 6-1 191 G Jr. 10.0 3.2 1.5
D'Walyn Roberts 6-7 194 F So. 6.1 4.2 0.7
Robert Lewandowski 6-10 240 C Fr. 6.9 4.0 0.7
Oklahoma State Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Byron Eaton 5-11 215 G Sr. 14.5 3.4 6.0
Obi Muonelo 6-5 215 G Jr. 14.1 8.3 2.0
Terrel Harris 6-5 190 G Sr. 14.3 5.0 2.0
James Anderson 6-6 195 F So. 17.7 5.8 1.4
Marshall Moses 6-6 215 F So. 5.3 4.2 0.2

Preview

LAJ's Jeff Walker previews tonight's game and this should be a fun game to watch. Bot teams are not very big and like to run. Perhaps with Texas Tech playing at home, the Red Raiders can control the turnovers and outscore the Cowboys. I'll go out on a limb and say that Texas Tech wins this game, despite the fact that the numbers say that OSU should win this game easily.

Keys to the Game:

  1. Post Up Lew: I keep harping on this, but very few teams have a low-post threat like Robert Lewandowski. He should get his fair share of opportunities against OSU and he should be able to get some fouls on the Cowboys, perhaps forcing a lineup change that isn't as effective.
  2. Don't Let Them Get Hot: OSU is a streaky team and the last thing that I want to see is any of the OSU players get hot from the perimeter. I mentioned this as a key the last time these teams faced-off and I still think that the key is to continue that permimeter pressure
  3. Win One For Texas Tech: I mentioned it some time ago that I was in a sports-malaise after the loss in the Cotton Bowl and with contract negotiations going south, I'd love to remove myself from having to think Leach and contract negotiation for a few hours.

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.