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Texas Tech Red Raiders
(13-17, 3-12)
vs.
Iowa State Cyclones
(14-16, 3-12)
March 7, 2009
12:30 p.m. CST
TV: Big 12 TV
Game Cast: Fox Sports

The Numbers:

Texas Tech
Statistic
Kansas
94
K.P. Rank*
115
107.7 (79)
Adjusted Offensive Efficiency*
100.8 (181)
99.8 (140)
Adjusted Defensive Efficiency*
95.8 (70)
78.0
Points Scored
64.4
78.8
Points Allowed
64.8
36.0
Rebounds
33.8
15.7
Assists
14.2
14.8
Turnovers
12.3

Probable Starting Lineups:

Texas Tech Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
John Roberson 5-11 165 G So. 14.1 3.4 6.5
Alan Voskuil 6-3 181 G Sr. 14.5 4.0 2.0
Nick Okorie 6-1 191 G Jr. 11.4 3.2 1.4
Michael Prince 6-7 210 F Sr. 3.9 2.8 0.8
Robert Lewandowski 6-10 240 C Fr. 6.9 3.9 0.8
Iowa State Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. PPG RPG APG
Bryan Petersen 6-1 180 G Sr. 6.2 3.8 2.6
Diante Garrett 6-4 180 G So. 9.6 3.3 5.0
Lucca Staiger 6-5 220 G So. 8.3 2.3 1.5
Craig Brackins 6-10 230 F So. 20.0 9.2 1.3
Justin Hamilton 6-11 255 C Fr. 4.3 3.1 0.2

Preview:

LAJ's Jeff Walker looks at today's game against Iowa State and both teams are vying for the 10th spot in the Big 12 tournament. It's not much of a preview (see my spectacular preview above and below) as it talks a bit about Wednesday's win and ISU's defense, which you can see above their KenPom rankings are pretty good defensively, but are awful offensively.

Keys to the Game:

  1. Do Unto Others: It's senior day for Iowa State, sound familiar? The Red Raiders need to be very aware of the possibility of the exact same thing that happened to Kansas (i.e. a drubbing) can happen to Texas Tech. Iowa State is going to be motivated, just like any team would be.
  2. Who Stops Brackins: There's going to be a matchup problem with Brackins because he's so danged long and tall, I don't see Prince staying with him the entire game because of that length. I could see Roberts getting quite a bit of time in this game and Singletary may struggle to find minutes because of the size of ISU's frontcourt.
  3. Guard Dominance: This is one of those why-the-hell-not arguments, which is just let Voskuil and Okorie shoot all damn day. Both guys are shooting lights out recently and I think Texas Tech's best chance at winning this game is to let these guys shoot.

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.