Date: Saturday, February 28th
Time: 3:00 pm
Home Team: Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-17, 2-14)
Away Team: Oklahoma State Cowboys (17-10, 7-8)
Location: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, TX
Projected Starting Lineups
|Texas Tech||Pts / Reb||Okie State||Pts / Reb|
|GUARD||Robert Turner (6-3/190)||8.2 / 3.0||Jeff Newbury (6-2/190)||6.5 / 2.4|
|GUARD||Devaugntah Williams (6-4/205)||10.0 / 3.1||Phil Forte III (5-11/185)||16.2 / 2.2|
|FORWARD||Toddrick Gotcher (6-4/210)||7.0 / 2.7||Anthony Hickey, Jr. (5-11/185)||9.3 / 4.3|
|FORWARD||Zach Smith (6-8/205)||6.0 / 5.0||Le'Bryan Nash (6-7/235)||16.8 / 5.6|
|CENTER||Norense Odiase (6-9/270)||6.8 / 4.8||Michael Cobbins (6-8/230)||6.9 / 5.7|
Where Each Team Sits:
1. Tubby and Co. The Red Raiders are coming off a 17-point loss at TCU, but are a different team at home. In their last two home games they have lost by a combined nine points to two ranked teams, Baylor and Oklahoma. Tech's two conference wins have come at home, and they will try to close out their home schedule Saturday against Oklahoma State. Tech will visit Baylor Friday night to close out the regular season.
2. Travis Ford's Cowboys. Okie State is 4-4 in their last eight games, a stretch that pitted them against seven ranks teams in that eight-game stretch. They beat Baylor twice, Texas, and in what may be their signature win of the season, beat Kansas 67-62 on February 7. The Cowboys host TCU before visiting West Virginia to finish the regular season next weekend.
Oklahoma State is not deep and mainly plays with a six-man rotation. They live and die by their starting five, with those guys having played between 566 and 916 minutes throughout the season, with the next closest player only playing 340 minutes.
Phil Forte is their leader and is lethal from anywhere on the court. He's really improved his off-the-dribble game so he's no longer just a spot-up shooter which makes him dangerous. He's a so-so defender though given his size.
Le'Bryan Nash is the most hot-or-cold guy in the conference. He's one of those guys as a fan you hate some nights and love the others. He's unique because he's undersized to be a big man - so can struggle defensively against other bigs - but his offensive game is 10-12 feet out from the hoop. He's got a nice mid-range game which is so rare these days as most guys are either three-point shooters or finishers.
Cobbins is the X-factor. Offensively he's limited but he's crazy long and athletic so he's does a lot of the little things. He's the rim protector that not a lot of Big 12 teams have this season. If I recall correctly, he tends to get into foul trouble quite a bit and the team has struggled when he has been out.
The key for Tech to win this game is to get the ball in the paint to Odiase and Smith and put Cobbins and Nash in foul trouble. Making OSU go to their bench is an advantage for Tech, and in my opinion putting up 20-25 three-pointers won't get the job done. The percentage behind the arc hasn't been high enough in that many games. Odiase needs to play a big role in this game down low.
Guns Up. Wreck Okie State.