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Preview | Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

(11-4, 2-2)

Date | January 22, 2011
Time | 6:30 pm CST
Good Guys | Texas Tech Red Raiders
Bad Guys | Nebraska Cornhuskers
Location | United Spirit Arena | Lubbock, TX
TV | KLBK and ESPN Full Court
Radio | Affiliates
GAME CAST | Fox Sports

(8-11, 0-4)


Position Player Ht/Wt Class Pts Rbs Ast
G John Roberson 5-11/165 SR 12.3 1.9 3.9
G David Tairu 6-3/177 SR 10.2 2.3 0.9
G Brad Reese 6-6/195 SR 12.1 4.9 1.7
F Mike Singletary 6-5/235 SR 12.7 5.9 2.6
F Robert Lewandowski 6-10/256 JR 9.5 5.0 1.0
Position Player Ht/Wt Class Pts Rbs Ast
G Lance Jeter 6-3/222 SR 10.2 3.9 4.6
G Brandon Richardson 6-0/190 JR 5.4 2.4 1.9
G Caleb Walker 6-4/205 JR 6.5 5.2 0.8
G/F Toney McCray 6-6/210 JR 7.2 4.4 1.3
C Brian Jorge Diaz 6-11/245 SO 10.4 4.7 1.0



WHAT TO EXPECT | Even at home, KenPom is predicting a 10 point win for Nebraska against Texas Tech, in large part because Nebraska has the 11th best defense in the nation. One of the reasons why the scoring averages are so low is that Nebraska is a team that will absolutely get after you defensively. That's the reason why Nebraska is 11-4. Earlier in the year, Nebraska has a good-loss against Vanderbilt but an awful loss against Davidson. The Cornhuskers best wins are probably USC, Iowa St. and Colorado. That doesn't sound to impressive, but Texas Tech doesn't have a quality win.

KEY MATCHUPS | I guess this depends on who starts. I would think that the Diaz and Lewandowski matchup is pretty equal. Considering how talented NU is defensively, it wouldn't surprise me to see Texas Tech's offense completely stall, i.e. a return to standing around and watching everyone jack-up 3-point shots with 20 seconds left on the shot-clock. Honestly, I don't know that Texas Tech really has a significant advantage from a matchup perspective and maybe I should just delete this portion of the preview until I see someone on Texas Tech's team dominate or have a decent game against a conference opponent. Still waiting for that.

FOUR FACTORS | That's a lot of red.

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