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Texas Tech Basketball Tale Of The Tape: Tennessee-Martin (2-6)

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The Red Raiders and Skyhawks of UT Martin get under way at the USA tonight.

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The Red Raiders are coming off of their first double-digit win of the year against Sam Houston and are now 5-1. The UT Martin Skyhawks are 2-6 and trending in the wrong direction after losing 2 straight. Will Texas Tech keep the momentum going or will UT Martin right the ship?

UT Martin Key Players

Category Stat Name
Points/Game 13.3 F Twymond Howard
Rebounds/Game 5.8 F Twymond Howard
Assist/Game 2.4 F Twymond Howard
3pt Made/3pt % 25/65, 38.5% G Alex Anderson
Free Throw % 30/36, 83.3% F Myles Taylor

When one player leads the team in points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game his name better be LeBron James or you're in trouble. In UT Martin's case, they're in trouble. Forward Twymond Howard is leading the Skyhawks in all three categories as the team is trying to find its rhythm. Howard's numbers aren't outstanding either but if the Red Raiders force someone else to be the man it may really cause the Skyhawks problems.

Last 5 Games

11/21 Florida International L 69-62
11/22 James Madison W 78-75
11/25 Harris Stowe W 83-57
11/28 Mississippi State L 76-51
12/1 Missouri-Kansas City L 74-70

The Skyhawks opened their season against Oklahoma State and were blown out 91-57. After the blowout, UT Martin would lose their next 3 games, pick up 2 straight wins and have now lost 2 games in a row. Needless to say, things aren't going as planned for the Skyhawks as they sit at 2-6. One of their losses came against Mississippi State, who Texas Tech beat, in blowout fashion.

Prediction

Texas Tech 74 - UT Martin 58

I expect this game to be similar to the Red Raiders' previous game against Sam Houston. Texas Tech will just out-man UT Martin and the Skyhakws will be out of the game by the end of the first half.