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Texas Tech Basketball Tale Of The Tape: Hawaii (4-0)

The Red Raiders and Rainbow Warriors meet up in Lubbock.

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Texas Tech is off to a good start of the season picking up some nice wins against Mississippi State and Minnesota and now sit at 3-1. The Hawaii Rainbow Warriors make their way to Lubbock and bring a 4-0 record with them. Hawaii hasn't really played a notable program besides Nevada and squeaked by with a 76-75 win.

Hawaii Key Players

Category Stat Name
Points/Game 17.0 G Aaron Valdes
Rebounds/Game 8.3 F Stefan Jankovic
Assist/Game 7.8 G Roderick Bobbitt
3pt Made/3pt % 10/15, 66.7% G Sai Tummala
Free Throw % 13/18, 72.2% G Roderick Bobbitt

Hawaii doesn't really have a go-to player but are a more well-rounded team when it comes to their top contributors. Aaron Valdes, Stefan Jankovic and Roderick Bobbitt make up the Rainbow Warriors "Big 3". If these guys are doing well then the team is doing well. To go along with those guys, guard Sai Tummala is the team's outside sharpshooter. He's making 66.7% of his 3-point attempts.

Last 5 Games

3/14 UC Irvine L 67-58
11/14 Montana State W 87-76
11/15 Coastal Carolina W 74-63
11/17 Nevada W 76-75
11/23 Nicholls State W 99-74

As I mentioned earlier, Hawaii hasn't really played a notable program besides Nevada. But when the Rainbow Warriors did play inferior competition they won convincingly. Both Hawaii and Texas Tech will go into the game well-rested and it should be a pretty good game. It will be Hawaii's first real test  and should be another good opponent for Texas Tech.

Prediction

Texas Tech 75 - Hawaii 73

This game will be a great test for the Red Raiders, it could be a predictor of what this team will look like this season. Texas Tech has been playing really well so far this season and if they keep the momentum going they should pick up the win against Hawaii. On the other hand, if Hawaii picks up the win against the Red Raiders they could prove their 4-0 record isn't a fluke.