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Preview: Baylor Bears vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

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Baylor comes to Lubbock looking to snap a two game losing streak while Texas Tech looks to upset another tough opponent at home.

Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

Game Details:

Date: Tuesday, February 17th
Time: 6:00 pm
Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-14, 2-11)
Bad Guys: Baylor Bears (18-7, 6-6)
Location: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, TX
TV/Stream: ESPN2
Radio/Stream: Broadcast Affiliates and TuneIn App

Starting Lineup

Pts / Reb Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Robert Turner (6-3/190) 8.9 / 1.7* Kenny Chery (5-11/180) 11.9 / 3.9*
SHOOTING GUARD Devaugntah Williams (6-4/205) 10.3 / 3.3 Lester Medford (5-10/175) 8.6 / 4.2
SMALL FORWARD Toddrick Gotcher (6-4/200) 6.7 / 2.5 Royce O'Neale (6-6/215) 9.8 / 6.2
POWER FORWARD Zach Smith (6-8/205) 5.6 / 5.0 Rico Gathers (6-8/275) 11.5 / 12.4
CENTER Norense Odiase (6-9/270) 6.2 / 4.6 Johnathan Motley (6-9/230) 8.6 / 4.2

* Assists.

Three Keys to the Game:

1. Scouting the Bears. Baylor is coming off of a loss to Kansas that was a bit closer than the final score. Baylor ws up for a while in the game, but just couldn't outlast the Jayhawks and now, Baylor has lost two in a row. Prior to that, the Bears won three games pretty handily, beating Texas, TCU and West Virginia. I should mention that Baylor is going to be a match-up problem for Texas Tech, in part because they have legitimate small forwards in O'Neale, but arguably their best player, Taurean Prince is also a small forward and comes off the bench and leads Baylor in scoring at near 13 points a game.

2. Stats. Baylor can shoot, thanks largely because they have a group of three-point shooters that are all near 40% from the three-point line in O'Neale, Medford, Cherry and Prince.

Baylor is darn near a top 10 team according to KenPom, 11th overall, 13th in AdjO and 47th in AdjD. Meanwhile, Texas Tech is 172nd overall, 270th in AdjO and 98th in AdjD. The offense has a ton of work to do in the offseason.

*AdjO and AdjD via KenPom.

3. Matching Up. There are some real matchup issues here for Texas Tech. Namely, Gathers is going to be a monter inside and I think I would switch Odiase onto Gathers and let Z. Smith take on Motley. I think Texas Tech will have even bigger issues if Isaiah Manderson doesn't suit up. Manderson didn't play at all against Texas and you would have thought that Texas Tech could have used that length and size against the Texas frontcourt. Baylor isn't quite as big, but it would be nice to have a 6-11 forward that can guard Gathers, who shoots a ton of free throws. I've already mentioned the fact that Baylor has two very good small forwards in O'Neale and Prince and without Justin Gray for the rest of the year due to injury, this could be very problematic.