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Preview and Game Thread: Idaho State Bengals vs. Texas Tech Red Raiders

The Red Raiders take on the Bengals from Idaho State.

Date: Friday, November 25th
Time: 2:00 pm
Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-1, 0-0)
Bad Guys: Idaho State Bengals (0-5, 0-0)
Location: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, Texas
TV/Stream: FOX Sports Southwest (FOX Sports Go App)
Radio/Stream: 97.3 FM/104.3 FM/950 AM

TEXAS TECH
THE STARTERS Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Kennan Evans (6-3/180) 12.2 / 2.6*
SHOOTING GUARD Shadell Millinghaus (6-2/195) 8.3 / 3.8
SMALL FORWARD Zach Smith (6-8/220) 11.2 / 7.0
POWER FORWARD Aaron Ross (6-8/225) 14.8 / 4.8
CENTER Anthony Livingston (6-9/260) 13.4 / 5.6
THE BENCH Pts / Reb
SIXTH MAN Niem Stevenson (6-6/205) 5.7 / 2.3
SEVENTH MAN Justin Gray (6-6/210) 8.8 / 6.0
EIGHTH MAN Devon Thomas (6-0/170) 5.0 / 3.2*
NINTH MAN Giovanni McLean (6-2/195) 3.2 / 0.6
TENTH MAN Matthew Temple (6-10/240) 0.4 / 1.0
IDAHO STATE
THE STARTERS Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Brandon Boyd (5-11/170) 15.0 / 1.5*
SHOOTING GUARD Geno Luzcando (6-3/200) 14.4 / 7.4
SMALL FORWARD Gary Chivichyan (6-4/200) 7.0 / 2.0
POWER FORWARD Robert Jones III (6-8/195) 6.0 / 2.8
CENTER Novak Topalovic (7-0/230) 9.8 / 8.4
THE BENCH Pts / Reb
SIXTH MAN Hayes Garrity (6-2/175) 2.5 / 2.5
SEVENTH MAN Stephen Lennox (6-9/220) 2.4 / 2.2
EIGHTH MAN Erik Nakken (6-3/195) 1.2 / 0.8

* Assists.

1. KenPom says that Idaho State is the 275th best team in the nation, ranking 274th in AdjO and 275th in AdjD (at least they’re consistent). Meanwhile, Texas Tech moved back up, going to 34th in the nation, 50th in AdjO and 24th in AdjD, which makes sense given the offensive inconsistencies thus far.

2. Idaho State has played the past two games without their leading scorer, Ethan Telfair, who was averaging 21 points a game for the Bengals and he’ll sit out this game too as he was suspended for three games. If the name “Telfair” sounds familiar, it should because his brother is Sebastian Telfair, who was selected 13th in the 2004 NBA draft. Ethan is supposedly one of the better mid-major point guards in the nation, but he might have some discipline issues.

3. With Idaho State not being so great, I think it’s about time that this team have an excellent showing offensively and get some guys who need minutes, like Matthew Temple, Gio McLean and Niem Stevenson some minutes. I especially think the minutes to Stevenson are critical because he’s a likely replacement if Gray ever goes down.

4. I also think it’s high time for Keenan Evans to start figuring how he needs to be involved with this team offensively. He seems to have problems finding his shot in the flow of the offense and he just hasn’t hit the broadside of the barn recently. He’s got to be much better for this team moving forward.

5. There aren’t a ton of tough games coming up, Incarnate Word next week, then Rice, UTSA, Nicholls State, Richmond and Longwood being the remaining non-conference games with the only road game being Richmond. Texas Tech doesn’t need to just win, but they need to win big with these games, particularly the Richmond game.

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