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Preview | Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

(5-8, 0-0)
Date | January 2, 2011
Time | 2:00 pm CST
Good Guys | Texas Tech Red Raiders
Bad Guys | Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders
Location | United Spirit Arena | Lubbock, TX
Radio | Affiliates
GAME CAST | Fox Sports

(6-7, 0-0)



Position Player Ht/Wt Class Pts Rbs Ast
G David Tairu 6-3/177 SR 10.1 2.4 0.8
G Brad Reese 6-6/195 SR 13.1 5.5 1.5
F Mike Singletary 6-5/235 SR 13.7 6.1 2.8
F D`walyn Roberts 6-7/200 SR 5.4 4.9 0.7
F Paul Cooper 6-8/235 JR 3.8 1.2 0.3
Position Player Ht/Wt Class Pts Rbs Ast
G Terence Jones 6-2/180 SO 9.9 1.8 2.4
G Jaamon Echols 6-0/170 FR 3.9 1.0 1.3
F Demond Watt 6-7/210 SR 15.6 9.6 1.9
F Horace Bond 6-8/200 SR 5.4 5.1 0.8
F Justin Reynolds 6-9/235 SR 9.5 7.0 1.2



WHAT TO EXPECT | Statistically, TAMU-CC is vastly worse than Texas Tech, and it's not close. Per KenPom, the Islanders have the 264th most efficent offense and the 285th most efficient defense. That's pretty much near the bottom of the KenPom rankings. The good thing is that TAMU-CC has some common opponents with Texas Tech as they lost to TAMU by 21, lost to Oklahoma St. by 10; and lost to Kansas by 41. And the Islanders' wins have come against NE Oklahoma, Bethune-Cookman, St. Edwards, Houston and Montreat. Yes, Montreat. And just in case you're wondering, Montreat is a small liberal arts college in Ashville, North Carolina.

KEY MATCHUPS | The biggest player may be the toughest matchup for Texas Tech as Watt is an incredibly efficient scorer, shooting 61.8% from the floor. From a height and weight standpoing, this looks like a perfect matchup for D`walyn Roberts and would be a great opportunity to show us that Roberts is capable of being a defensive starter. Yesterday's article mentioned that PG John Roberson still isn't practicing with the team and as solid as Tairu was, I don't know if he's going to be a distributing point guard in conference play. I suppose it's good to get Tairu as much time as humanly possible and I'd force-feed Javarez Willis some minutes at the point, at least 10 per game. Considering the substantial height advantage that Reese is going to have over most guards, I'd love to see him in the post, but I don't remember that happening at all against New Mexico.

FOUR FACTORS | Statistically, TAMU-CC is a better team, but they've also played vastly inferior opponents.

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