Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (18-5, 6-4)
Bad Guys: Oklahoma Sooners (15-8, 3-7)
When to Watch: Saturday, February 9th @ 3:00 p.m.
Where to Watch: Lloyd Noble Center | Norman, Oklahoma
How to Watch: ESPNU | WatchESPN
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: Texas Tech -1 (OddsShark)
|THE STARTERS||Pts / Reb|
|POINT GUARD||Davide Moretti (6-3/175)||10.6 / 2.3*|
|SHOOTING GUARD||Matt Mooney (6-3/200)||10.6 / 3.0*|
|SMALL FORWARD||Jarrett Culver (6-5/195)||17.8 / 3.8*|
|POWER FORWARD||Tariq Owens (6-10/205)||8.5 / 5.3|
|CENTER||Norense Odiase (6-9/245)||4.0 / 5.1|
|THE BENCH||Pts / Reb|
|SIXTH MAN||Kyler Edwards (6-3/200)||5.9 / 2.6|
|SEVENTH MAN||Brandone Francis (6-5/215)||5.8 / 2.3|
|EIGHTH MAN||Deshawn Corprew (6-5/210)||5.6 / 3.8|
|NINTH MAN||Malik Ondigo (6-10/215)||1.8 / 1.7|
|TENTH MAN||Josh Mballa (6-7/215)||0.9 / 0.3|
|ELEVENTH MAN||Khavon Moore (6-7/215)||0.0 / 0.0|
|THE STARTERS||Pts / Reb|
|POINT GUARD||Aaron Calixte (5-11/187)||8.0 / 2.6*|
|SHOOTING GUARD||Jamal Bieniemy (6-4/175)||4.1 / 2.3|
|SMALL FORWARD||Christian James (6-4/211)||15.8 / 7.0|
|POWER FORWARD||Brady Manek (6-9/210)||11.6 / 6.3|
|CENTER||Kristian Doolittle (6-7/236)||9.2 / 6.7|
|THE BENCH||Pts / Reb|
|SIXTH MAN||Rashard Odomes (6-6/216)||6.7 / 2.0|
|SEVENTH MAN||Miles Reynolds (6-2/170)||8.3 / 2.7|
|EIGHTH MAN||Jamuni McNeace (6-10/222)||5.4 / 4.1|
|NINTH MAN||Matt Freeman (6-10/229)||3.2 / 1.5|
|TENTH MAN||Hannes Polla (6-11/271)||1.4 / 0.9|
1. Stats. Maybe the most important stat is Oklahoma is 10-3 at home, which is probably why Texas Tech is only favored by 1 point by a team that is 3-7 in the Big 12. In fact, as a favorite, Oklahoma is 13-3 and as an underdog, the Sooners are 2-5. Defensively is where Oklahoma shines, as they are very good at limiting good shots for opponents and they also don’t foul very much. Offensively, Oklahoma doesn’t shoot particularly well, an eFG% sitting at 201st overall and an offensive rebounding rate at 212nd in the nation while 188th in free throw rate on offense.
2. Scouting. James is the best offensive player, but he’s even not very good and Manek is also okay but isn’t stellar. The last time these two teams met James and Manek did most of the damage, James scoring 14 and Manek scoring 13, with most of James’ damage coming from beyond the 3 point line, 3-10, while Manke was more efficient going 3-6. This was a low-scoring affair, Oklahoma only scored 59 points and Texas Tech only had 66. Oklahoma only had 3 conference wins, 2 against Oklahoma State and 1 against TCU at home.
3. How They Match Up. Oklahoma is more athletic than I initially thought before the season and they have an interesting lineup, some guys can jump out of the gym and that doesn’t necessarily play to Texas Tech’s strength. Texas Tech should have a pretty good advantage, Culver should be the best player on the floor and it would be nice to have a similar result as the West Virginia game where Texas Tech has multiple players contribute. I’d also say that statistically Moretti, Owens, and Corprew are better from a stats perspective than just about anyone on Oklahoma’s roster. I’m guessing that this will be a really close game.
4. Reading Material. A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. – No. 18 Red Raiders look for sweep against Oklahoma on the road:
In his ever-lasting quest of ascending the program to new heights, Texas Tech coach Chris Beard is well aware his squad must do things it has never done before.
Beard, in his third season at the helm, could very well do that when his No. 18 Red Raiders face off against Oklahoma at 3 p.m. Saturday for the second time in Big 12 Conference play inside the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.
“It’s a real challenge. It’s strategic part of our game,” said Beard, who is looking to guide Texas Tech (18-5, 6-4) to what could be the program’s second season sweep of the Sooners (15-8, 3-7) and first since 2010. “I think from a coaching standpoint, it’s very, very difficult to beat somebody twice in one season. I think the advantage always goes to the team that came up a little short in the first one.”
NewsOK’s Joe Mussatto – Oklahoma vs. Texas Tech men’s basketball: Tipoff time, TV channel, lineups:
Texas Tech came from behind to beat Oklahoma 66-59 on Jan. 8 in Lubbock. Red Raiders star Jarrett Culver had a 23-point, 13-rebound game against the Sooners.
TulsaWorld’s Eric Bailey – OU men’s basketball: Sooners try to end three-game losing streak with must-win game against Texas Tech:
What has the team learned during its three-game losing streak?
“As disappointing as the results are, you have to learn. We’ve been inconsistent throughout the year,” Kruger said. “In every ball game, there are some things that we do well and feel like we can build on and maybe the next game that doesn’t happen. We’re trying to plug holes in the dike, and it feels like their holes are ever-changing.
“We’ve got to learn from each opportunity and try to retain some things that we’re hoping that they learn and get better. That’s the thing. We have to get better. We have to play better. We haven’t done that throughout Big 12 play.”
5. Official Site. The official site has their preview right there:
Back on the road following a 31-point win at home, No. 18 Texas Tech takes on Oklahoma at 3 p.m. on Saturday in a Big 12 Conference contest at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Oklahoma.
The Red Raiders (18-5, 6-4 Big 12) earned a 66-59 win over the Sooners (15-8, 3-7 Big 12) on Jan. 8 in Lubbock and are coming off an 81-50 win over West Virginia on Monday. OU fell 75-74 on Monday at home to No. 17 Iowa State and is on a three-game losing streak coming into the game. Tech is 2-3 on the road in conference games this season after dropping last Saturday’s game to Kansas in Lawrence.