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

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Texas A&M Aggies
(23-8, 9-7)
vs.
Texas Tech Red Raiders
(13-18, 3-13)
March 11, 2009
8:30 p.m. CST
TV: Big 12 TV
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

Texas Tech
Statistic
Texas A&M
95
K.P. Rank*
45
108.0 (74)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
112.3 (39)
100.1 (144)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
95.9 (70)
77.9
Points Scored
71.4
78.8
Points Allowed
65.6
36.0
Rebounds
37.1
15.6
Assists
12.3
14.5
Turnovers
12.8

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G So. 14.4 3.6 6.5
Alan Voskuil 6-3 181 G Sr. 14.1 4.1 2.1
Nick Okorie 6-1 191 G Jr. 11.5 3.1 1.4
Damir Suljagic 6-9 250 F Sr. 2.4 1.5 0.3
Robert Lewandowski 6-10 240 C Fr. 6.9 3.8 0.7
Texas A&M Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Donald Sloan 6-3 205 G Jr. 11.4 3.5 3.0
Derrick Roland 6-4 185 G Jr. 6.2 2.7 1.8
Josh Carter 6-7 200 G/F Sr. 14.0 4.4 1.8
Bryan Davis 6-9 240 F Jr. 10.4 6.4 0.9
Chinemelu Elonu 6-10 233 C Jr. 10.1 7.5 0.3

Keys to the Game:

  1. Find Open Shots: I still say this thing works much better inside out and I know that Texas Tech is probably out-matched against the Aggies, but with Voskuil only getting 5 shots against ISU, I think it's imperative that this team works to see that the perimeter players get open shots.
  2. Shut-Down Elonu: Robert Lewandowski has struggled of late and Elonu played really well against the Red Raiders the last matchup (21 pts; 12 rbs). Lew, Suljagic and Rizvic need to step up their play, and compete with the Aggies' post players and cannot allow TAMU to out-rebound Texas Tech by 14 boards.
  3. This Is It: Desperation is a funny thing. It can make you play with passion and it can also make you play wreckless. I'm hoping that this Texas Tech team plays with passion and under control. I'm confident that Texas Tech can compete with the Aggies, but TAMU has played extremely well or late.

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.

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