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TEXAS TECH (8-22, 1-17)
VS.
OKLAHOMA ST. (14-17, 7-11)
Game Essentials
Date | March 7, 2012
Time | 8:30 pm
Location | Kansas City, MO
TV | Big 12 Network
Radio | Affiliates

Texas Tech Starting 5
Javarez Willis (5-11/170) | 8.2 PPG | 1.8 APG
Ty Nurse (6-1/180) | 8.8 PPG | 1.9 APG
Luke Adams (5-9/150) | 4.0 PPG | 1.1 APG
Jordan Tolbert (6-7/210) | 11.3 PPG | 5.7 REB
Robert Lewandowski (6-10/256) | 6.8 PPG | 3.0 REB

Oklahoma St. Starting 5
Cezar Guerrero (6-0/175) | 5.1 PPG | 1.5 APG
Keiton Page (5-9/165) | 16.8 PPG | 2.1 APG
Markel Brown (6-3/190) | 10.4 PPG | 4.1 RPG
Brian Williams (6-5/205) | 8.9 PPG | 3.1 RPG
Mike Cobbins (6-8/220) | 5.2 PPG | 4.3 RPG

WHAT TO EXPECT

THE BIG 12 HAS DRUNK TEXAS TECH'S MILKSHAKE | This has been a long season with only one win to show for the entire conference season (thanks Oklahoma!) and I've said repeatedly that I don't know what else to write. We've seen this movie before in that Texas Tech doesn't have the depth or the skill or the talent level to compete in the Big 12 and I don't know how much we're going to know going into next year either as it wouldn't surprise me to see at least six new players next year, maybe more. I don't know that anyone will be able to predict what next will have in store as well, but this game very well could be the last game that you see a majority of these players. There will be a long offseason to guess who will or will not be in Lubbock next year, but there will be a roster overhaul.

SHORTHANDED COWBOYS | Oklahoma St. is a bit short-handed as terrific freshman LeBryan Nash and Phillip Jurick will not be available on Saturday. I can recall that Jean-Paul Olukemi was also lost for the season, so that's at least three players that OSU won't have for Wednesday night, although Olukemi has been out for most of the year. Still, head coach Travis Ford won't play a lot of additional players, so you can pretty much expect OSU to roll with their starting five for pretty much the entire game.

KEY MATCHUPS

TOLBERT/LEWANDOWSKI VS. WILLIAMS/COBBINS | I'm pretty sure that I've written that the Texas Tech post players should have an advantage, but in this case, it really should be true. I think that Williams is more of an outside threat and in previous games Nash was playing Tolbert (if I remember correctly), but OSU really doesn't have much, if anything behind either of these two players. Seriously, I need for Tolbert and Lew to do something.

PAGE VS. ADAMS | There was a time this year that I thought that eventually Luke Adams could eventually be Page, but after reflecting on that, I think I realized that this is completely unfair to Page and Adams. Page is a 5-9 white guy who can light it up, but thinking something like that diminishes what a guy like Page has done at Oklahoma St. and the thought that any sharp-shooting white guy can do the same isn't appropriate either. Page isn't the best shooter for OSU, but he's been incredibly solid since his freshman year and he always has a knack for getting off a shot despite being so much shorter than everyone else. That's a talent and it shouldn't be overlooked or dismissed. Adams would have a long ways to go to reach the level of what Page has done and if Adams had half the career that Page has had, it would be an unmitigated success for Texas Tech from a walk-on, but it's not fair to think that they're even remotely the same player.