| United Spirit Arena | Lubbock, TX
December 8, 2010 | 7:00 PM
TV: None | Radio: Affiliates
|6-3, 0-0||5-4, 0-0|
|Hank Thorns||G||John Roberson|
|Ronnie Moss||G||David Tairu|
|J.R. Cadot||G||Brad Reese|
|Garlon Green||F||Mike Singletary|
|Nikola Gacesa||F||Robert Lewandowski|
WHAT TO EXPECT | If this gives you any solace, the Horned Frogs are worse both offensively and defensively than Texas Tech. Plus, Texas Tech is playing at home, so I don't think that it's crazy to think that Texas Tech should win this game, but to be completely honest, I think both of these teams are relatively equal, which is an indication of where Texas Tech currently sits. TCU is sitting at 100th in the nation in Adj.Off.Eff. and 152nd in the nation in Adj.Def.Eff. TCU's biggest wins are SMU and a huge win beating USC, yep that USC, Southern California. Most recently, TCU lost to Northern Iowa, at home, and have also lost to UMass and Rider. As far as the Red Raiders are concerned, there are six non-conference games remaining, the toughest two games are UTEP (@ El Paso) and New Mexico (@ Lubbock). Texas Tech has to win at least five of six of these games to even have a chance. PK keeps saying that he's not worried about the non-conference wins or losses, but he needs to be. At some point, you are what you are. Lose three or four of these games and I don't think there's any doubt about what Texas Tech's fate will be (if it's not already).
More after the jump.
KEY MATCHUPS | This is a game that probably favors Texas Tech a bit as TCU doesn't have a dominate inside game or a dominate rebounder. Although I've listed Reese as a probable starter, it would make me incredibly happy to see either Reese or Singletary head to the bench and see D'Walyn Roberts start. Tairu needs to win the defensive matchup of Moss as he's the Frogs best scorer. Roberson also needs to stay in front of Thorns. Thorns' 6 assists are a bit scary and I worry about Roberson's ability to stop an opposing point guard, especially one that you would think is quicker than Roberson.
FOUR FACTORS | These two teams are pretty even, although Texas Tech does rebound better (slightly) and shoot more free throws. I'd expect this to be a relatively close game, much like Oral Roberts and Texas Tech wins by six to eight points.
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