The No. 8 Texas Tech Red Raiders will next face the No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, Oklahoma Tuesday night. The Red Raiders vault into the top-10 for the first time this season. The Sooners loss last Saturday to the West Virginia Mountaineers by a score of 89-76.
This team revolves around Trae Young. He is their ride or die and if you can stop him, you can stop this team. Although he scored 29 points against West Virginia on Saturday, he only had five assists, five lower than his season average of 10. There are only two other players on this squad that have more than one assist per game. If you can stop Trae, you can stall Oklahoma’s flow offensively. I think that Tech will try and use more traps like West Virginia did and try and keep Trae Young from getting up the floor easily.
The Red Raiders are well equipped for this as they will most likely run five or six different defenders at him. This will keep Young off balance and hopefully keep him from having a massive game against Tech on Tuesday. Young is truly their leader in most categories as he has shot 260 shots this year.
Although Young is the best player Tech will face this season, he is not the only good player on this team as Coach Kruger plays 9-10 players in his rotation. This is something that the Red Raiders have not faced much of in the Big 12 as the other three teams that they have played only played 7 or 8 players in their rotations.
Oklahoma has another good freshman the plays in Brady Manek. Manek averages 11 points per game and plays 24 minutes per game. Christian James is another guard to watch for as he averages 12 points per game.
The Red Raiders will counter with reigning Big 12 Player of the Week Keenan Evans. Evans has been the soul of this team with Zach Smith hurt. Evans will be leaned on heavily along with Jarrett Culver and Zhaire Smith to put the ball in the bucket this week as the Sooners average 94 points per game this season.
It has been a good run for the Red Raiders as they have won nine in a row and their first three Big 12 games by over 10 points. This week will be another validation week for the Red Raiders as they play two top-10 in Oklahoma and No. 2 West Virginia. What do you think of this game? Leave your thoughts down in the comment section below.
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