Tuesday, November 30,2010 | 7:00 p.m.
United Spirit Arena | Lubbock, TX
TV: None | Radio: Affiliates
|13.1 PPG; 4.1 APG||5-11/168||John Roberson||G||Roderick Pearson||6-2/195||1.6 PPG; 3.0 APG|
|12.4 PPG; 2.6 RPG||6-3/177||David Tairu||G||Hunter McClintock||6-2/180||7.2 PPG; 1.2 RPG|
|11.6 PPG; 5.4 RPG||6-6/195||Brad Reese||F||Dominique Morrison||6-6/210||17.4 PPG; 6.8 RPG|
|10.4 PPG; 5.0 RPG||6-6/235||Mike Singletary||F||Steven Roundtree||6-8/190||12.4 PPG; 7.0 RPG|
|11.6 PPG; 6.6 RPG||6-10/256||Robert Lewandowski||F||Damen Bell-Holter||6-9/245||9.6 PPG; 4.6 RPG|
GAME DAY STAT | Woooo-hoooo! A defense worse than Texas Tech's defense! This can only mean that this will be a high-scoring game that will result in some good times. The Golden Eagles rank 156th in nation in Adjusted Defensive Efficiency. I'm a little bit shocked that ORU has a win, on the road, against Utah, which is typically a pretty good basketball team, but have also lost to Indiana St. at home. That's just a tad bit inconsistent.
PLAYER FOCUS | Morrison has been ORU's best and most consistent player this year. He's making 49.2% of his shots (he had one bad night where he went 3-13) and averaging over 17 points a game to go with almost 7 boards a game. I wasn't sure how Texas Tech was going to match-up with Morrison and it makes sense to put Reese on Morrison as I would predict that if Singletary were to cover him, Morrison would probably have a career night. The thing that bothers me is that a ton of Morrison's points are inside the 3-point line and although Singletary is an overall bad defender, he's a better post defender than Reese. Also keep your eye on SG Warren Niles off the bench where he's averaging 15.8 PPG. ORU's starting guards look a little weak, but Niles off the bench more than makes up for the lack of offense in the starting lineup.
FOUR FACTORS | This isn't going to get old. It's going to be pretty clear all year long as the thing that worries you is that ORU is the better rebounding team and gets to the free-throw line at a high rate. Oral Roberts has 3 starters that are 6-8 or taller