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Previewing Jackson St. as the Texas Tech Red Raiders host the Tigers.

Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE

GAME INFORMATION

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Jackson St. Tigers (0-2, 0-0)


Texas Tech Red Raiders (3-0, 0-0)

November 26, 2012 @ 6:00 pm

United Spirit Arena | Lubbock, TX

TV: FOX Sports SW | Radio: Affiliates | GameCast: FoxSports

Probable Starters

Jeff Stubbs (6-1/195)

PG

Josh Gray (6-1/175)

Phillip Williams (6-1/195)

SG

Trency Jackson (6-2/185)

Kelsey Howard (6-4/190)

TG

Jamal Williams, Jr. (6-4/190)

Derrell Taylor (6-5/195)

PF

Jordan Tolbert (6-7/225)

Sydney Coleman (6-7/215)

C

Dejan Kravic (6-11/240)

SCOUTING THE TIGERS

The best scorer, Kelsey Howard, he's only played one game. Against Tulsa, and he was actually pretty good. Scoring 25 points on 8 of 15 from the floor. The other two Tigers averaging in double figures are Jeff Stubbs, Willie Readus and Christian Williams. It's only been two games for the Tigers, but from what I can tell, these are the best players. And if that's accurate, then this is a very small team, or rather, the coach doesn't play a lot of height. Theh leading rebounders are Readus and Howard who only average 3 boards a game. I'm interested to see who the Tigers start considering Texas Tech will start a 6-11 and 6-7 player. I'd also add that although it is very early, Williams, Stubbs and Howard are all shooting lights out from the three-point line as they are all shooting over 50% from beyond the arc.

KEY TO SUCCESS

If JSU is as good on paper as they appear to be from the three-point line, it seems that defending the three will be incredibly important. I'd expect to see the match-up zone that we saw against Grambling St., but I'd also expect to see Jamal Williams and Trency Jackson take turns guarding the better perimeter players for Jackson St. Texas Tech also needs to continue to dominate the boards with the power forward duo of Tolbert and 6th man Jaye Crockett. I'd also add that I very much like the five different players that are averaging in double-figures, which means to me that this isn't a team with just one player that defenders can focus. I think this is a more balanced team and with the emergence of Crockett, Tolbert, Gray, Jackson, and Kravic, each stepping up in various games is a good thing.

GAME DAY LINKS

Texas Tech Eyes 4-0 Start Under Walker - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site
Basketball player finds peace on court - The Daily Toreador: Sports | Good article about PG Daylen Robinson's rough upbringing and head coach Chris Walker talks about what he can bring to the court:

“I love Daylen,” Walker said. “Daylen is a spark plug. He comes in the game, if Josh gets unsettled, he comes in and settles us down. He’s quick, he makes things happen. That hasn’t shown yet, but I’m telling you right now, as time goes on he’s definitely going to be a guy we depend on.”