Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (16-8, 7-4)
Bad Guys: Oklahoma State Cowboys (12-12, 2-9)
When to Watch: Saturday, February 15th @ 12:00 p.m.
Where to Watch: Gallagher-Iba Arena | Stillwater, Oklahoma
How to Watch: CBS | CBSSportsLive
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: Texas Tech -4
|TEXAS TECH||OKLAHOMA STATE|
|THE STARTERS||Pts / Reb|
|POINT GUARD||Davide Moretti (6-3/180)||13.3 / 2.2*|
|SHOOTING GUARD||Kyler Edwards (6-4/200)||11.9 / 3.0*|
|SMALL FORWARD||Jahmi’us Ramsey (6-4/195)||15.9 / 4.1|
|POWER FORWARD||Terrence Shannon, Jr. (6-6/210)||11.0 / 4.5|
|CENTER||TJ Holyfield (6-8/225)||9.3 / 5.0|
|THE BENCH||Pts / Reb|
|SIXTH MAN||Chris Clarke (6-6/220)||5.8 / 7.0|
|SEVENTH MAN||Kevin McCullar (6-6/195)||4.5 / 2.4|
|EIGHTH MAN||Avery Benson (6-4/200)||1.9 / 1.6|
|NINTH MAN||Clarence Nadolny (6-3/195)||2.0 / 1.1|
|TENTH MAN||Andrei Savrasov (6-7/225)||1.1 / 1.1|
|ELEVENTH MAN||Russel Tchewa (7-0/260)||1.8 / 0.9|
|TWELFTH MAN||Tyreek Smith (6-7/215)||– / –|
|THE STARTERS||Pts / Reb|
|POINT GUARD||Isaac Likekele (6-4/215)||11.3 / 4.6*|
|SHOOTING GUARD||Jonathan Laurent (6-6/215)||5.0 / 2.5|
|SMALL FORWARD||Lindy Waters, III (6-6/215)||11.6 / 4.6|
|POWER FORWARD||Cameron McGriff (6-7/230)||10.5 / 6.8|
|CENTER||Yor Anei (6-10/235)||8.3 / 4.7|
|THE BENCH||Pts / Reb|
|SIXTH MAN||Thomas Dziagwa (6-4/190)||8.9 / 1.4|
|SEVENTH MAN||Kalib Boone (6-9/205)||3.7 / 3.0|
|EIGHTH MAN||Dee Mitchell (6-2/190)||0.7 / 0.5|
|NINTH MAN||Avery Anderson, III (6-2/170)||2.7 / 2.7|
|TENTH MAN||Keylan Boone (6-8/200)||3.0 / 2.5|
1. Stats. Oklahoma State is not as bad as their record indicates, they’re probably similar to TCU and Texas and just haven’t won some games. I never would have guessed that Oklahoma State is a bad shooting team, but they are, only making 30% of their three-point shots, good for 207th overall and they the 259th best shooting team from inside the arc. But on some of the other stats, Oklahoma State is okay offensively, they’re kinda average. The Cowboys are 153rd in turnover percentage, 135th in offensive rebounding, and 159th in free throw rate. Defensively, they are even better, they’re 67th in holding opponents in eFG%, 81st in forcing turnovers, 56th in the nation in holding opponents in three-point percentage, and are 43rd in the nation in blocks.
2. Scouting. Oklahoma State has been playing better, like much better of late. They whipped up on TCU, lost to Baylor by 8 points on the road, and then came back and beat Kansas State on the road. Likekele is still the best player, he’s great around the rim, but anything remotely outside of the lane, he’s not good at all shooting the ball. That’s a problem for that to be your lead guard. Waters and Dziagwa are the best shooters and they sort of plant themselves outside for the most part, moreso Dziagwa. Everyone else is really not a good shooter, McGriff a good shooter inside the arc, but not outside. Statistically, T-Rank is only predicting a 3 point win which coincides with the line.
3. How They Match Up. After the TCU game, things have really improved offensively. That’s a difference one game and probably the second half of the Texas game can affect statistics. Texas Tech is on a roll, and that includes the offense and defense, the defense is on an even higher trajectory than the offense, although the offense has more to catch up. That can all end on the road because winning on the road is incredibly difficult. As an aside, Oklahoma State is 6-6 at home, they are 3-9 against the spread at home, while Texas Tech is 2-4 away from the USA and 3-3 against the spread on the road.
4. Reading Material. Avalanche-Journal’s Carlos Silva, Jr. – No. 24 Red Raiders prepared for surging Cowboys:
Despite owning a conference worst two wins, Oklahoma State appears to be on the right track as it has won two of its last three games when its host Texas Tech at noon Saturday at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
“With my eyes, they’re right back to where they were the first time we played them,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. “They’ve two of their last three games. The only loss in that span in a one-possession game against Baylor. At Baylor, which happens to be the No. 1 team in the country.
“I think an argument can be made, and I would defend it, that Oklahoma State is playing the best basketball of their season. … I think they set themselves up to have a great end of the season where they still control their own destiny in a lot of ways.”
Tulsa World’s Frank Bonner, II – OSU basketball: Cowboys will celebrate the 25th anniversary of 1995 Final Four team during the game against No. 24 Texas Tech:
The Cowboys will celebrate the 25th anniversary of that team before Saturday’s game against No. 24 Texas Tech and again at halftime. Tipoff is noon at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
OSU will wear special uniforms in honor of the Final Four team. Fans are encouraged fans to dress in 1990s-themed clothing and the first 1,995 fans to enter Gallagher-Iba may pick up a free T-shirt in the east lobby. Doors open at 11 a.m.
The current OSU team is 12-12 and has won two of its past three Big 12 games after losing its first eight. A win against Texas Tech would give the Cowboys back-to-back wins for the first time since late November.
Coach Mike Boynton said honoring the Final Four team is a way to allow his players to recognize where the bar is for the program.
5. Official Site. The official site has their preview right here:
Round 12 of the Big 12 fight takes No. 24 Texas Tech to Stillwater, Oklahoma for a 12 p.m. showdown against Oklahoma State on Saturday at the Gallagher-Iba Arena.
The Red Raiders (16-8, 7-4 Big 12) are on a three-game winning streak after earning the largest margin of victory in Big 12 play in their program history with an 88-42 win over TCU on Monday (46-point margin), while the Cowboys (12-12, 2-9 Big 12) secured a 64-59 win at Kansas State on Tuesday and have won two of their last three games. Tech rolled to an 85-50 win over OSU on Jan. 4 in the Big 12 opener which was the largest margin of victory in conference play before the win over TCU this week. Over the past five games, Tech is 4-1 with wins over West Virginia, Oklahoma, Texas and TCU where it is shooting 51.1 percent on 3-pointers and is limiting opponents to 23.7 percent from beyond the arc.