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

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Texas Tech Red Raiders
(14-18, 3-13)
vs.
Missouri Tigers
(25-6, 12-4)
March 12, 2009
8:30 p.m. CST
TV: ESPN2
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

Texas Tech
Statistic
Missouri
94
K.P. Rank*
12
108.0 (73)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
115.1 (18)
100.0 (145)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
89.4 (17)
78.2
Points Scored
81.8
78.9
Points Allowed
67.1
36.0
Rebounds
36.9
15.4
Assists
18.8
14.5
Turnovers
12.5

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G So. 14.1 3.5 6.4
Alan Voskuil 6-3 181 G Sr. 14.1 4.2 2.1
Nick Okorie 6-1 191 G Jr. 11.3 3.1 1.4
Damir Suljagic 6-9 250 F Sr. 2.3 1.4 0.3
Robert Lewandowski 6-10 240 C Fr. 6.7 3.8 0.7
Missouri Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Kim English 6-6 200 G Fr. 6.4 1.7 1.2
Zaire Taylor 6-4 189 G Jr. 6.0 2.9 3.5
T.J Tiller 6-3 200 G Jr. 7.8 3.1 3.6
Keith Ramsey 6-9 210 F Fr. 3.9 3.0 0.8
DeMarre Carroll 6-8 225 F Sr. 17.1 7.3 2.1

Keys to the Game:

  1. Don't Count On 43: I think this game will require a balanced effort and the last time Texas Tech played Missouri, the Red Raiders didn't have Okorie. The Red Raiders need a balanced attack from everyone, including Singletary, Okorie, Roberson and Voskuil.
  2. Don't Run: The Red Raiders don't have the horses to run with Mizzou and Texas Tech cannot try and outscore the Tigers. Run, but don't try and out-run Missouri, be patient on offense and slow the turnovers.
  3. Inside Production: Carroll went off the last time the Red Raiders played Mizzou and the Red Raiders will need to have some production from the inside players and although Darko had a decent game against TAMU, the Red Raiders will need to get something from Lewandowski, Rizvic, Suljagic and Cohadarevic, including blocking out the Tigers.

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.