Basketball

Preview & GDT: Bethune-Cookman vs. Texas Tech

Game Info

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-0, 0-0)
Bad Guys: Bethune-Cookman Wildcats (0-1, 0-0)
When to Watch: Saturday, November 9th @ 7:00 p.m.
Where to Watch: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, Texas
How to Watch: FSSW+ | FOXSportsGo
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: No line?

Advanced Stats

TEXAS TECH BETHUNE-COOKMAN
KenPom 14 314
KP AdjO 28 306
KP AdjD 14 301
T-Rank 22 326
T-Rank O 70 335
T-Rank D 2 274
Haslemetric N/A N/A

Lineups

TEXAS TECH
THE STARTERS Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Davide Moretti (6-3/180) 13.0 / 3.0*
SHOOTING GUARD Kyler Edwards (6-4/200) 6.0 / 6.0
SMALL FORWARD Jahmi’us Ramsey (6-4/195) 19.0 / 5.0
POWER FORWARD Terrence Shannon, Jr. (6-6/210) 11.0 / 3.0
CENTER TJ Holyfield (6-8/225) 15.0 / 6.0
THE BENCH Pts / Reb
SIXTH MAN Chrks Clarke (6-6/220) 2.0 / 8.0*
SEVENTH MAN Clarence Nadolny (6-3/195) 6.0 / 1.0
EIGHTH MAN Kevin McCullar (6-6/195) 4.0 / 2.0
NINTH MAN Russel Tchewa (7-0/260) 6.0 / 3.0
TENTH MAN Andrei Savrasov (6-7/225) 0.0 / 1.0
ELEVENTH MAN Avery Benson (6-4/200) 3.0 / 0.0
TWELTH MAN Tyreek Smith (6-7/215) – / –
BETHUNE-COOKMAN
THE STARTERS Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Leon Redd (6-0/185) 7.0 / 3.0*
SHOOTING GUARD Houston Smith (6-4/210) 11.0 / 10.0
SMALL FORWARD Isaiah Bailey (6-6/190) 24.0 / 6.0*
POWER FORWARD Wali Parks (6-6/215) 8.0 / 11.0
CENTER Cletrell Pope (6-9/212) 22.0 / 19.0
THE BENCH Pts / Reb
SIXTH MAN Joe French (6-5/180) 24.0 / 1.0*
SEVENTH MAN Jordan Preaster (6-5/190) 9.0 / 3.0
EIGHTH MAN Justyn King (6-7/225) 5.0 / 10.0
NINTH MAN 0.6 / 0.5
TENTH MAN – / –

* Assists.

Starting 5

1. Stats. Don’t let anyone tell you any different, Bethune-Cookman is a terrible team and Texas Tech should win by 30 or so points and anything less will probably be a disappointment in some respects. Normally teams that are in the 200’s in the advanced stats are pretty terrible, but B-C is absolutely terrible on both offense and defense and generally ranked in the 300’s by the advanced stats. When people talk about Texas Tech’s schedule and how soft it is, well, these are the games we’re talking about because Bethune-Cookman, Houston Baptist, Tennessee State, and LIU Brooklyn is not a murders row of tough opponents. As of right now, the lowest percent of Texas Tech’s chances of winning all of those games is 96%, which is sort of crazy. To dig deeper, B-C is kind of terrible at everything, so I’m not sure wha to add here. In fact, the normally reliable OddsShark provides a line for almost every game, but if you can’t even bet on a game, that should tell you something.

2. Scouting. Bethune-Cookman beat a team called Johnson (FL) by 40 or so points and so the stats after one game for the Wildcats look amazing. Bethune-Cookman has plenty of mid-range guys and obviously, a guy that comes off the bench and scores 24 points in Joe French, which is interesting. And French also had almost no other stats, so he literally just shot the ball a ton. The 19 rebounds by Pope against Johnson (FL) is impressive no matter who Bethune-Cookman plays.

3. How They Match Up. It’s tough to know how these teams match up because T-Rank doesn’t have any advanced on the players, so from a Texas Tech perspective, Moretti, Ramsey, Benson, Holyfield, Nadolny, and Tchewa all shot very well and played well from an advanced stats perspective. The fact that this team shot so well against Eastern Illinois from beyond the arc was really what ended up breaking the Panthers.

4. Reading Material. Avalanche-Journal’s Carlos Silva, Jr. – No. 13 Red Raiders win first game, challenged to put two victories in a row:

But, now, the challenge is for the Texas Tech players to continue that high-level play once again in a 7 p.m. Saturday contest against Bethune-Cookman at United Supermarkets Arena.

“We’ll have to play well Saturday. Bethune-Cookman is a good team,” said Texas Tech coach Chris Beard, whose squad is 1-0 on the year and on a 48-game home nonconference winning streak after downing Eastern Illinois 85-60 on Tuesday. “They’re going to have a great season. We look forward to the next challenge on our schedule.”

5. Official Site. The official site has their preview right here:

The No. 13-ranked Texas Tech men’s basketball team returns to action at 7 p.m. on Saturday against Bethune-Cookman University at the United Supermarkets Arena following a strong season-opening performance earlier in the week. The Red Raiders (1-0) are on a 48-game home non-conference winning streak after earning an 85-60 win over Eastern Illinois on Tuesday, while the Wildcats (1-0) began their season with a 110-68 win over Johnson University on Thursday.

The Red Raiders have started three straight seasons with a 2-0 record, including beginning last season with a 10-0 run, going 6-0 in 2017-18 and 3-0 in 2016-17. Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard improved to 77-31 leading the Red Raiders with the win over EIU and owns a 51-5 record at home.

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