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Preview | Texas A&M Aggies vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

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(18-5, 5-4)

Date | February 12, 2011
Time | 12:30 pm CST
Good Guys | Texas Tech Red Raiders
Bad Guys | Texas A&M Aggies
Location | United Spirit Arena | Lubbock, TX
TV | B12N
Radio | Affiliates
GAME CAST | Fox Sports


(11-13, 3-6)


PROBABLE STARTERS

TEXAS TECH
Position Player Ht/Wt Class Pts Rbs Ast
G John Roberson 5-11/168 SR 13.5 2.0 4.0
G David Tairu 6-3/177 SR 8.8 2.6 1.0
G Brad Reese 6-6/195 SR 11.5 4.5 1.5
F Mike Singletary 6-5/235 SR 13.8 6.1 2.8
F Robert Lewandowski 6-10/256 JR 9.3 5.1 1.0
TEXAS A&M
Position Player Ht/Wt Class Pts Rbs Ast
G B.J. Holmes 5-11/175 SR 9.9 2.9 3.3
G Dash Harris 6-1/175 JR 4.2 2.8 3.4
F Nathan Walkup 6-7/210 SR 9.9 5.6 1.3
F Khris Middleton 6-7/215 SO 14.9 5.0 3.0
F David Loubeau 6-8/230 JR 11.0 5.3 0.4

 


PREVIEW

WHAT TO EXPECT | Woo hoo! A basketball game.  The Aggies had a tough stretch the past few weeks, losing games to Texas, Nebraska, Texas (again), and Baylor. Still, the Aggies have a winning conference record. TAMU is okay both defensively and offensively, just barely breaking the top 50 in offense, #47, and #52 in defense for KenPom adjusted efficiency. And when I say that the Aggies are okay, that's not meant to be a shot at the Aggie. I would love for Texas Tech to break #100. Anytime that I've watched TAMU, I've always felt that they're just fine defensively, but struggle a bit to score offensively. They're not the best offensive team and like their defense a bit more.

Per DT's Tommy Magelssen, head coach Pat Knight knows that it's going to be a close game:

"You really don’t think you’re going to win by 10 or nine points," he said. "You think it’s going to be a last possession deal or an overtime deal. I wish, I mean I’ve been on teams before, played on teams where you knew you were going to win, but not this year.

"We pretty much figure it’s going to be a tight game and come down to the end."

More after the jump.

KEY MATCHUPS | I'm a little bit concerned about the Walkup, Middleton and Loubeau frontcourt. Middleton is an aggressive low-post player and I think that Reese or Singletary can't match-up well with Middleton and so it will be important that D`walyn Roberts will be ready to cover Middleton off the bench. That's a much more favorable matchup for Texas Tech. Roberson should have the edge, offensively, against Holmes, they're both about the same size, but I think Roberson is a better offensive player.

FOUR FACTORS |

Fancy basketball glossary found here.