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

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Texas Longhorns
(18-8, 7-5)
vs.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
(12-15, 2-10)
February 25, 2009
8:30 p.m. CST
TV: ESPN2
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

Texas Tech
Statistic
Texas
111
K.P. Rank*
25
105.1 (113)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
110.7 (49)
100.2 (157)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
90.7 (23)
78.2
Points Scored
73.0
79.1
Points Allowed
64.7
39.2
Rebounds
40.6
13.6
Assists
13.6
12.3
Turnovers
12.4

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. 14.0 4.1 2.0
Nick Okorie 6-1 191 G Jr. 10.5 3.1 1.5
Michael Prince 6-7 210 F Sr. 4.0 3.1 0.8
Robert Lewandowski 6-10 240 C Fr. 7.1 4.0 0.8
Texas Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Dogus Balbay 6-0 176 G So. 2.7 2.0 2.9
A.J. Abrams 5-11 161 G Sr. 17.1 2.0 1.4
Justin Mason 6-2 194 G Jr. 6.6 3.9 4.7
Damion James 6-7 222 F Jr. 15.6 9.0 1.4
Dexter Pittman 6-10 298 C Jr. 8.7 4.5 0.3

Keys to the Game:

  1. Try Not To Let Mason Have A Career Day: Justin Mason is not a bad player, and he's the kind of player I'd love for Texas Tech to have, but Mason shouldn't go 5-8 from the field, scoring 15 points in 29 minutes in the first game of this matchup. Let's try and keep Mason close to his season averages.
  2. Okorie Doesn't Leave Abrams' Side: Now that Nick Okorie looks to be relatively healthy, I'd like to see Okorie shadow Abrams the entire game. Abrams was onnly 3-10 against the Red Raiders earlier in the year, but Texas Tech was doing something right during that game and it would nice to continue that trend.
  3. Do What You Have To Do: I think at this point in a tough season, I really want these guys to work on the simple things and get back to being a sound fundamental team. I know it sounds silly this late in the year, but two simple things that I'd like to see are offensive-purpose and defensive rotation. Let's just do those for 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.