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Preview and Open Game Day Thread: Texas A&M vs. Texas Tech

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Texas A&M Aggies
(18-8, 4-7)
vs.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
(12-14, 2-9)
February 21, 2009
5:00 p.m. CST
TV: ESPNU
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

Texas Tech
Statistic
Texas A&M
110
K.P. Rank*
60
104.8 (111)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
109.3 (59)
99.8 (148)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
95.7 (74)
78.4
Points Scored
70.0
79.1
Points Allowed
64.8
36.9
Rebounds
37.1
16.0
Assists
12.1
15.1
Turnovers
12.5

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G So. 14.1 3.4 6.6
Alan Voskuil 6-3 181 G Sr. 13.9 4.2 2.0
Nick Okorie 6-1 191 G Jr. 10.4 3.2 1.5
Michael Prince 6-7 210 F Sr. 4.2 3.2 0.8
Robert Lewandowski 6-10 240 C Fr. 7.1 4.1 0.8
Texas A&M Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Donald Sloan 6-3 205 G Jr. 11.5 3.7 3.1
Derrick Roland 6-4 185 G Jr. 5.8 2.8 1.6
Josh Carter 6-7 200 G/F Sr. 13.2 4.1 1.9
Bryan Davis 6-9 240 F Jr. 10.8 6.3 0.9
Chinemelu Elonu 6-10 233 C Jr. 10.0 7.4 0.3

Keys to the Game:

  1. Focus: Perhaps the most frustrating thing about watching Texas Tech lose to Oklahoma St. was that the entire team still seems prone to make ridiculous mistakes, whether it be in transition, on offense or not making plays defensively. Seriously, focus on your job.
  2. Winnable Game: I'm not going to say that Texas Tech will absolutely win this game, but rather, this is a winnable game for the Red Raiders. TAMU has only won 2 more games in conference and I think thus far they've lost every road conference game. So, I'm saying there's a chance.
  3. Motion-Less Offense: As frustrated as I was with the lack of defensive rotation against Oklahoma State, I was perhaps even more frustrated with the lack of purpose on offense. I'm not sure that everyone really understands the concept because there seems to be a lot of standing around and posting-up rather than movement and if PK is going to run a motion offense, then he needs to get these guys in gear, probably now.

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.