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Texas Tech Basketball Tale Of The Tape: Nicholls Colonels (5-5)

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The Colonels head to Lubbock to take on the Red Raiders at 8:00 PM.

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Texas Tech is now 8-1 after a blowout win last week over UTSA. Finals are over now and things get back to normal with the Red Raiders having two games on the docket this week. First up are the Nicholls Colonels who are 5-5. Will Texas Tech stay hot or will they hit a snag before conference play?

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Nicholls Key Players

Category Stat Name
Points/Game 15.3 F Ja'Dante' Frye
Rebounds/Game 6.5 F Ja'Dante' Frye
Assist/Game 4.0 G Jahvaughn Powell
3pt Made/3pt % 22/48, 45.8% G Lafayette Rutledge
Free Throw % 34/44, 77.3% G DeAndre Harris

The Colonels have four players averaging double-digit points per game. Ja'Dante' Frye and DeAndre Harris lead the way with both of them averaging right around 15 points a contest. Frye also leads Nicholls in rebounds by averaging 6.5 per game. Texas Tech's defense will have to keep up their stellar play and limit the Colonels' top scorers.

Last 5 Games

11/25 Bethune-Cookman W 76-69
11/27 Samford W 106-103 2OT
12/1 UL Lafayette L 101-69
12/8 Florida State L 118-63
12/14 Thomas (NAIA) W 95-63


Nicholls got absolutely rolled by Florida State. The Seminoles thumped the Colonels by 55. UL Lafayette wasn't much better, Nicholls lost by 32 in that game. The Colonels are coming off of a rebound win against NAIA school, Thomas University, but if I had to guess that team might look like a rec-league team. Nicholls does have an early season win over Boston College this year. Boston College just beat Auburn this week too, so you never know what might happen. So does Texas Tech roll by 30+ or will it be much closer than that?

Prediction

Texas Tech 96 - Nicholls 64

I think Texas Tech wins big in this game. They looked great against UTSA, and everything is running on all cylinders on both sides of the ball. A note on this game: Zach Smith is a game-time decision, Aaron Ross is back practicing but in a limited capacity, and Norense Odiase still hasn't begun practicing yet.