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Texas Tech Basketball Tale Of The Tape: UTSA Roadrunners (2-6)

UT-San Antonio travels to Lubbock for a 7:00 PM tip-off.

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After a crazy 85-84 win over Rice, Texas Tech now has its sights set on the UTSA Roadrunners. The Red Raiders sit at 7-1 and are getting primed for Big 12 play. Will UTSA be a roadblock or will the Red Raiders keep running on all cylinders?

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UTSA Key Players

Category Stat Name
Points/Game 15.8 F Jeff Beverly
Rebounds/Game 7.3 G Byron Frohnen
Assist/Game 3.1 G Giovanni De Nicolao
3pt Made/3pt % 7/19, 36.8% G Nick Billingsley
Free Throw % 45/58, 77.6% F Jeff Beverly

If you check out the stats alone, UTSA isn't very scary. Their leading scorer is forward Jeff Beverly who averages 15.8 points a game. The next in points per game is averaging only 8 a game. It appears that the 3-ball isn't UTSA's strength either. They don't shoot a lot from long range and when they do, they don't make a lot of them either. The only way I can see the Roadrunners sticking around is if Beverly is having a great game.

Last 5 Games

11/19 Prairie View A&M W 69-59
11/22 Lamar L 78-58
11/25 Texas State W 63-48
12/1 Cal Poly L 59-47
12/3 Utah Valley L 75-71


UTSA has only 2 wins on the year. Those came against Prairie View A&M and Texas State. Prairie View is 2-7 on the year and Texas State is 4-3. As you can see, neither one of those teams are particularly great. Texas Tech will probably be the Roadrunners toughest game since they played Oregon State in their second game of the season. After two straight losses UTSA will be hungry for a win, but can they hang with Texas Tech?

Prediction

Texas Tech 83 - UTSA 69

First off, the line for this game favors Texas Tech by 23.5. I like to be realistic and I just don't see the Red Raiders covering that. I do however see a double-digit wins for Texas Tech. Look for Anthony Livingston to have another big game, and I expect Justin Gray to rebound after a rough game against Rice. The Red Raiders win this one and then have a week off until their next game.