Date: Wednesday, February 4th
Time: 8:00 pm
Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (11-11, 1-8)
Bad Guys: Kansas State Wildcats (12-10, 5-4)
Location: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, TX
Radio/Stream: Broadcast Affiliates and TuneIn App
Probable Starting Lineup
|Pts / Reb||Pts / Reb|
|POINT GUARD||Robert Turner (6-3/190)||9.2 / 1.7*||Jevon Thomas (6-1/180)||5.2 / 3.5*|
|SHOOTING GUARD||Devaugntah Williams (6-4/205)||10.2 / 3.2||Marcus Foster (6-2/200)||14.0 / 2.4|
|SMALL FORWARD||Randy Onwuasor (6-3/190)||5.5 / 3.3||Wesley Iwundu (6-7/195)||5.7 / 3.3|
|POWER FORWARD||Zach Smith (6-8/205)||5.0 / 5.0||Nino Williams (6-5/220)||11.3 / 4.8|
|CENTER||Isaiah Manderson (6-10/240)||4.6 / 3.0||Thomas Gipson (6-7/265)||11.4 / 4.8|
Three Keys to the Game:
1. Scouting the Wildcats. K-State has been a bit up-and-down since the last time that these two teams met as they beat Texas Tech and Baylor, back-to-back, then lost a close game in Ames, came back and beat Oklahoma State and then dropped their last two against West Virginia and Kansas on Sunday. For me, K-State is one of those teams that's a bad match-up for Texas Tech because they have some forwards that can score and Texas Tech doesn't have a true small forward in that sense. The last time these two teams met, Texas Tech had trouble with Iwundu, who ended up with 10 points (he averages 5) and Foster scored 14, but did a ton of his work at the line.
2. Stats. I think that TCU is better than K-State and I think this is one of those winnable games for Texas Tech. There aren't too many left on the schedule, but I think this is one of them.
Kansas State is 73rd overall according to KenPom, 112th in AdjO and 59th in AdjD. Texas Tech continues to struggle as the Red Raiders are 182nd overall, 277th in AdjO and 88th in AdjD.
*AdjO and AdjD via KenPom.
3. Matching Up. I think we're getting close to seeing Aaron Ross get the start at the forward spot. I think he needs to be starting somewhere because he does get to the line and he is one of the better offensive players on the team. I think maybe we're also at the point of letting Turner just be a shooter, at least for me, and let someone else play the point with Williams going to the bench. Williams is so hot-and-cold, that when he's cold, the doesn't contribute much at all. I'd almost rather see Onwuasor start at point, Turner at the shooting guard and Ross, Smith and Manderson rounding out the frontcourt.