Date: Saturday, January 17th
Time: 3:00 pm
Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-7, 0-4)
Bad Guys: TCU Horned Frogs (13-3, 0-3)
Location: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, TX
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Possible Starting Lineup
|Pts/Reb||Pts / Reb|
|POINT GUARD||Robert Turner (6-3/190)||9.1 / 1.9*||Kyan Anderson (5-11/175)||13.6 / 4.1*|
|SHOOTING GUARD||Devaugntah Williams (6-4/205)||11.2 / 3.2||Trey Zeigler (6-5/203)||8.9 / 3.9|
|SMALL FORWARD||Zach Smith (6-8/205)||5.4 / 4.8||Brandon Parrish (6-6/185)||6.6 / 2.4|
|POWER FORWARD||Justin Jamison (6-9/260)||2.6 / 2.0||Chris Washburn (6-8/240)||8.8 / 5.7|
|CENTER||Norense Odiase (6-9/270)||7.4 / 4.8||Karviar Shepherd (6-10/225)||12.4 / 6.4|
Three Keys to the Game:
1. Scouting the Horned Frogs. Much like Texas Tech, TCU was terrific in their non-conference schedule, but thus far, the Horned Frogs are like Texas Tech in that they have yet to win a conference game. Not necessarily a bad thing because the Big 12 is pretty good. TCU had a much better strength of schedule than Texas Tech, 144 to 329, so they did beat some good opponents. You had the opportunity to get a terrific view of TCU yesterday, so I'll stick to some stats in that Anderson is averaging 13.5 a game on 45% from the field, which is just fine. Zeigler and Shepherd are also both shooting above 45% for the year and off the bench, Kenrich Williams, is shooting 57% and averaging 8.2 points a game. Watch out for his three-point shooting. Anderson is the only double-figure scoring threat, but TCU has a lot of good contributors.
2. Stats. Offensively, TCU is pretty good offensively and they do rebound the ball on their end of the floor better. Defense is where Texas Tech is going to have to win this game or they will have to be better than they have been this year.
This may surprise some of you, but TCU is the 32nd best team in AdjD and the 124th in AdjO, so they are very good, very good defensively. Meanwhile, Texas Tech is 255th in AdjO and 90th in AdjD. Yes, the defense needs to be better and the offense needs some help.
*AdjO and AdjD via KenPom.
3. Matching Up. Texas Tech has to be better handling the ball and getting good looks on the offensive side of things. Shepherd and Manderson are really similar players to me, especially offensively, so I think that could be interesting. Depending on how Smith starts and pairs his frontcourt, I think Texas Tech can have a significant size advantage, but I think it starts with having a power forward that can shoot from the outside and I think that's Jamison and Ross and leave Smith at the small forward.