Basketball

Game Preview and Open Thread: Texas Tech vs. Richmond

The Red Raiders have their last non-conference road game before starting conference play.

Date: Saturday, December 17th
Time: 11:30 am
Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (9-1, 0-0)
Bad Guys: Richmond Spiders (5-4, 0-0)
Location: Robins Center | Richmond, Virginia
TV/Stream: ESPNU (FOX Sports Go App)
Radio/Stream: 97.3 FM/104.3 FM/950 AM

TEXAS TECH
THE STARTERS Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Devon Thomas (6-0/170) 4.8 / 3.3*
SHOOTING GUARD Kennan Evans (6-3/180) 13.1 / 3.6*
SMALL FORWARD Justin Gray (6-6/210) 9.4 / 5.6
POWER FORWARD Zach Smith (6-8/220) 11.3 / 6.9
CENTER Anthony Livingston (6-9/260) 13.7 / 4.9
THE BENCH Pts / Reb
SIXTH MAN Niem Stevenson (6-6/205) 8.0 / 2.1
SEVENTH MAN Shadell Millinghaus (6-2/195) 8.7 / 3.1
EIGHTH MAN Giovanni McLean (6-2/195) 2.9 / 0.6
NINTH MAN Matthew Temple (6-10/240) 3.1 / 1.9
TENTH MAN Thomas Brandsma (6-5/220) 2.4 / 0.8
RICHMOND
THE STARTERS Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD ShawnDre’ Jones (6-0/165) 18.4 / 3.6*
SHOOTING GUARD Khwan Fore (6-0/175) 10.4 / 4.6
SMALL FORWARD Julius Johnson (6-3/185) 6.0 / 4.3
POWER FORWARD Marshall Wood (6-8/215) 7.3 / 3.2
CENTER T.J. Cline (6-9/230) 18.4 / 6.7
THE BENCH Pts / Reb
SIXTH MAN De’Monte Buckingham (6-4/215) 4.9 / 6.0
SEVENTH MAN Nick Sherod (6-4/220) 3.3 / 3.2
EIGHTH MAN Grant Golden (6-9/240) 2.0 / 2.3

* Assists.

1. KenPom says that Richmond isn’t as good of a team as they were last year, rankin 127th overall, 139th in AdjO and 130th in AdjD. Texas Tech is now ranked 27th in the KenPom rankings and that’s not something I remember. The Red Raiders are 32nd in AdjO and 32nd in AdjD. Texas Tech is playing some pretty good basketball.

2. T.J. Cline really is a pretty remarkable player for Richmond, averaging 18 points a game, nearly 7 rebounds and over 5 assists per game. The ability to share the ball like that while socring at such a high rate is pretty impressive. Oh, and Cline shoots 52% from the field.

3. ShawnDre’ Jones is the other outstanding player, scoring 18 points a game, making 52% of his shots and 41% of his three-point shots and also dishing out 3.6 assists. Jones and Cline are the two main scoring threats, although Fore also averages double-figures. This could be a really important game for Devon Thomas, who will likely match up with Jones. Should be a fun match defensively.

4. The interesting thing about Richmond is that as a team, they shoot 31%, but Cline and Jones both shoot the ball pretty well. What that means is that despite those two guys lighting it up, the rest of the team can’t shoot or score if their lives depended on it. Well this is an overstatement, but you get the idea. The team shoots 31% overall despite having their two leading scorers shoot very well

5. Coach Beard talks about what it will take to win this game against Richmond, namely how the team will need to rebound against Richmond and the return of Aaron Ross.

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