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Game Preview | Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Alabama Crimson Tide

Viva The Matadors has your game preview as the Texas Tech Red Raiders travel to Tuscaloosa to take on the Alabama Crimson Tide.

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TEAMS Texas Tech (2-0, 0-0)
Alabama (0-1, 0-0)
WHERE Coleman Coliseum | Tuscaloosa, Alabama
WHEN 8:00 pm Thursday November 14th

The Starters
Texas Tech Alabama
Robert Turner (6-3/180) PG Trevor Releford (6-0/190)
Dusty Hannahs (6-4/210) SG Retin Obasohan (6-1/205)
Jaye Crockett (6-7/210) SF Algie Key (6-4/195)
Jordan Tolbert (6-7/225) PF Rodney Cooper (6-6/215)
Dejan Kravic (7-0/235) C Nick Jacobs (6-8/245)

Key Matchup | SF Algie Key vs. SF Jaye Crockett: Key had a terrific outing against Oklahoma, which Alabama lost, scoring 22 points, grabbing 4 rebounds, on 7 of 8 from the field. This should be a terrific match-up for Crockett as he’s had a terrific and consistent start for the season. Crockett should have a decent size advantage and help with some pretty big bodies for Alabama on the boards. Alabama didn’t have much bench help against Oklahoma.

Take Aim: Alabama is really thin, or at least that’s how the first game played out. Almost no one played on the bench, except for Levi Randolph, a guard, who played 31 minutes, while the other frontcourt help was Shannon Hale, a true freshman forward. It seems that Texas Tech has some really decent depth off of the bench and Tubby Smith has worked hard to develop it in just two games. He’s really trusted those guys to figure it out for pretty good stretches of the game. Aaron Ross, Alex Foster, Randy Onwuasor, and Jamal Williams, Jr. provide a really nice mix of players that could really provide an excellent advantage from the bench.

Game Day Links

  • The official site has their game preview.
  • The LAJ writes about how this team is looking to avenge the loss last year and Hannahs has a quote in here about how this team is passing much more than last year and it's incredibly clear that the offense looks so much better this year.
  • The DT has the game previewed.
  • The Tuscaloosa News writes about the hot-shooting Red Raiders.
  • Florida PG Justin Gray signed his letter of intent yesterday, per, and Zach Smith was supposed to as well, but not Keenan Evans.
  • Grantland's Mark Titus previews the Big 12 and he has some really nice things to say about Tubby Smith:
    The Red Raiders will be awful this season and there's no telling when they'll be competitive again. But before you dismiss Smith going to Texas Tech as nothing more than a past-his-prime coach with a recognizable name taking over a bad program just so he can collect some paychecks before retirement, keep in mind that he has been successful at every stop of his career and that Knight proved it's possible to build a winner at Texas Tech.