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Preview | New Mexico Lobos vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

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New Mexico Lobos
(11-2, 0-0)
Date | December 29, 2010
Time | 7:00 pm CST
Good Guys | Texas Tech Red Raiders
Bad Guys | New Mexico Lobos
Location | United Spirit Arena | Lubbock, TX
TV | None
Radio | Affiliates
GAME CAST | Fox Sports

Texas Tech Red Raiders
(6-6, 0-0)


PROBABLE STARTERS

 

TEXAS TECH
Position Player Ht/Wt Class Pts Rbs Ast
G John Roberson 5-11/168 SR 12.0 2.0 4.5
G Brad Reese 6-6/195 SR 13.2 5.8 1.5
F Mike Singletary 6-5/235 SR 13.3 6.2 2.7
F D`walyn Roberts 6-7/200 SR 5.7 4.7 0.7
F Robert Lewandowski 6-10/256 JR 11.4 6.1 1.1
NEW MEXICO
Position Player Ht/Wt Class Pts Rbs Ast
G Dairese Gary 6-1/205 SR 13.1 3.3 5.4
G Kendall Williams 6-3/170 FR 12.3 3.1 4.8
G Phillip McDonald 6-5/200 JR 12.0 5.6 0.8
F A.J. Hardeman 6-8/225 JR 9.0 4.2 0.8
C Alex Kirk 6-11/230 FR 6.1 5.5 0.5

 


PREVIEW

WHAT TO EXPECT | New Mexico is a really good team, it's a relatively young team and has a player that had once committed to Texas Tech. The Lobos just finished playing in the IBN Las Vegas Classic, losing to Northern Iowa in the final. On the win ledger for New Mexico is Arizona St., San Diego, two wins against rival New Mexico State and Colorado (who's actually playing really well this year). New Mexico only has two losses and I wouldn't consider them to be awful losses. Northern Iowa is a mid-major power, while New Mexico suffered an early season loss to California. And they're doing this by starting two freshmen. I'm incredibly jealous. Also, you may remember the name A.J. Hardeman, who originally signed with Texas Tech, went off to military school and then finally landed at New Mexico. I'd love to have another athletic forward that's Hardeman's size. Sigh.

KEY MATCHUPS | Like a lot of teams, New Mexico is reliant on their guards. With Texas Tech's SG Mike Davis being out for an extended period of time and SG David Tairu suffering a concussion against UT-Arlington, the guards are a bit thin for Texas Tech. One would think that Tairu would be ready to go, although it appears that SF Brad Reese will get the start. This is one of those games where I wonder how Singletary will matchup against a smaller player in McDonald. Typically, this is the type of matchup that gives Singletary fits on defense, i.e. a smaller player that's more of a wing and Singletary tends to disappear in games like this. It would be to Singletary's benefit to actually play inside rather than settle for anything outside.

FOUR FACTORS | Yet another team that does just about everything better than Texas Tech. Good times.

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