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Texas Tech Basketball Tale Of The Tape: South Dakota St (9-1)

The Red Raiders and Jackrabbits tip off at 7:00 PM tonight.

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The Red Raiders and Jackrabbits meet up in the battle of 1-loss teams. This is a very intriguing matchup and will be a true test for both teams. Who will come out on top? Let's hope it's Texas Tech.

SDSU Key Players

Category Stat Name
Points/Game 17.6 G Deondre Parks
Rebounds/Game 6.2 G Reed Tellinghuisen
Assist/Game 3.3 G Jake Bittle
3pt Made/3pt % 18/52, 34.6% G Deondre Parks
Free Throw % 40/43, 93% G Deondre Parks

Senior guard Deondre Parks leads the Jackrabbits in scoring with 17.6 points a game. He's also taken the most three-pointers on the team with 52 but has only made 18 of them. While Parks isn't hitting many threes, he is hitting his free throws bytmaking 93% of them.  Reed Tellinghuisen leads the team in rebounds with 6.2 a game but three others average 5.1 rebounds per game as well.

Last 5 Games

11/25 Cleveland State W 77-66
11/28 Missouri-Kansas City L 64-57
12/2 Wayne State W 80-53
12/8 Minnesota W 84-70
12/13 UC Santa Barbara W 86-68

Earlier this year South Dakota State put away TCU pretty easily and also beat Cleveland State, who's usually an above average basketball program, by 11. Just recently the Jackrabbits beat Minnesota by 14, the same squad Texas Tech beat by 13. The Jackrabbits did lose to UMKC though. That same UMKC team lost to UT Martin which Texas Tech beat in its last game 68-49. So basically what I'm saying, anything can happen.

Prediction

Texas Tech 74 - SDSU 72

Both teams know that their opponent only has 1 loss and expect them to play as if this was a postseason game. I imagine this game will be fairly close throughout the contest and Texas Tech will eventually pull through with the win in the end.

Texas Tech's next game will be against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday at 3:00 PM.