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

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Oklahoma Sooners
(25-3, 11-2)
vs.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
(12-16, 2-11)
February 28, 2009
2:30 p.m. CST
TV: ABC
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

Texas Tech
Statistic
Oklahoma
107
K.P. Rank*
19
106.6 (89)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
118.6 (4)
100.9 (164)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
92.0 (31)
78.3
Points Scored
80.0
79.4
Points Allowed
67.3
36.3
Rebounds
38.9
15.8
Assists
14.8
14.8
Turnovers
13.2

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G So. 14.2 3.4 6.5
Alan Voskuil 6-3 181 G Sr. 13.9 4.1 2.0
Nick Okorie 6-1 191 G Jr. 11.1 3.0 1.5
Michael Prince 6-7 210 F Sr. 4.0 3.0 0.8
Robert Lewandowski 6-10 240 C Fr. 7.0 4.0 0.8
Oklahoma Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Austin Johnson 6-3 170 G Sr. 8.4 3.0 4.3
Willie Warren 6-4 207 G Fr. 15.6 2.1 3.0
Tony Crocker 6-6 206 F Jr. 10.1 3.3 1.2
Taylor Griffin 6-7 238 F Sr. 9.0 5.9 1.4
Blake Griffin 6-10 251 C So. 22.0 13.8 2.4

Keys to the Game:

  1. Try to Limit Griffin: I know that Griffin is cleared to play, but just maybe he's still feeling a little fuzzy, in which case I would encougage Lewandowski to play his normal game, and maybe Griffin is a little slow to compete. This is my hope because 40 points in 31 minutes isn't going to do it.
  2. Sticking On Cade Davis: Just a thought, but perhaps someone might want to stop Cade Davis, of 5.4 points a game, to go for 17 against Texas Tech the last game. There's really no reason to leave this guy on the perimeter.
  3. Feed Okorie: Nick Okorie has been on fire lately, scoring in double-figures his last 5 games including 24 against OU in Norman. I'd love to see the trend continue and just continue to feed Okorie the rock and see what he can do. Hopefully, this opens it up a bit for everyone else, but Okorie has been the best offensive threat for over two weeks.

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.