Preview & Game Day Thread: Troy vs. Texas Tech

Game 4 preview.

Game Info

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-1, 0-0)
Bad Guys: Troy Trojans (1-1, 0-0)
When to Watch: Friday, December 4th @ 8:00 p.m.
Where to Watch: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, Texas
How to Watch: ESPN2 | WatchESPN
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: Texas Tech -26.5

Advanced Stats

KenPom 9 293
KP AdjO 29 304
KP AdjD 3 256
T-Rank 9 271
T-Rank O 36 256
T-Rank D 3 258
Haslemetric 3 324


POINT GUARD Mac McClung (6-2/185) 18.0 / 2.0*
SHOOTING GUARD Kyler Edwards (6-4/195) 8.0 / 3.7*
SMALL FORWARD Terrence Shannon, Jr. (6-6/210) 10.3 / 4.7
POWER FORWARD Micah Peavy (6-7/215) 8.7 / 3.7
CENTER Marcus Santos-Silva (6-7/245) 8.7 / 8.7
SIXTH MAN Jamarius Burton (6-4/205) 6.0 / 2.3*
SEVENTH MAN Nimari Burnett (6-4/195) 3.3 / 0.7
EIGHTH MAN Tyreek Smith (6-7/220) 4.3 / 3.3
NINTH MAN Chibuzo Agbo (6-7/215) 3.7 / 1.3
TENTH MAN Clarence Nadolny (6-3/190) 2.0 / 1.3
ELEVENTH MAN Avery Benson (6-4/195) 1.7 / 1.3
TWELFTH MAN Vladislov Goldin (7-0/240) – / –
THIRTEENTH MAN Kevin McCullar (6-6/195) – / –
POINT GUARD Kam Woods (6-1/170) 14.0 / 2.5*
SHOOTING GUARD Kieffer Punter (6-5/175) 4.0 / 1.5
SMALL FORWARD Khalyl Waters (6-5/190) 5.0 / 1.5
POWER FORWARD Nick Stampley (6-6/210) 5.5 / 7.0
CENTER Zay Williams (6-9/190) 11.5 / 7.0
SIXTH MAN Desmond Williams (6-1/165) 11.0 / 1.0
SEVENTH MAN Duke Miles (6-2/175) 1.0 / 0.5
EIGHTH MAN Jakevan Leftridge (6-7/180) 0.0 / 3.5
NINTH MAN Antwan Burnett (6-5/210) 5.0 / 4.0
TENTH MAN Christian Turner (6-7/220) 1.0 / 2.5

* Assists.

Starting 5

1. Stats. Well, Troy is not the opponent that St. John’s was, but it’s better than not having an opponent at all. Troy is not very good, not particularly good on offense or defense. The best thing that they do is limit offensive boards on the defensive end of things and they also don’t really foul all that much. Toy also doesn’t turn the ball over much, they just don’t really shoot well at all. This should be a blowout type of game.

2. Scouting. Williams is very good, the best shooter by far (really no one else shoots the ball well) and much like playing Sam Houston State, if you stop Williams, you’ll likely stop Troy. And from all accounts, Williams will be a joy to watch and it will be interesting to see how Texas Tech slows them down. I’d also add that Burnett is a terrific offensive rebounder and also pretty good on the defensive end of things too.

3. How They Match Up. Let’s re-visit the Houston game. The Texas Tech offense was abysmal and that was the biggest issue in that game (in my opinion). Not being able to score really at all, but to give credit, Houston was really good defensively. I’d also add that Texas Tech had a huge turnover percentage, 27%, and couldn’t hit anything from beyond the arc, 4 of 18. Texas Tech was supposed to be a better shooting team and a team that would have plenty of offensive firepower and improved shooting. Swinging the ball for open shots and having a guy that can drive and dish would help. Personally, I think that Texas Tech would be well-suited to really focus on the offensive end of things and figure out what they want to be on the offensive end of the court in games like tonight’s game.

4. Reading Material. Avalanche Journals’ Carlos Silva, Jr. – No. 17 Red Raiders eager to get back on winning side, host Troy Trojans:

“Everyone here wants to win,” McClung said when asked what the Red Raiders learned from the Houston loss. “And I think on a winning team, at some point, you hit some adversity.

“I’m not saying this will be our last adversity, but I think this will spark something, will wake us up in a certain situation and realize, you know, we talk about how bad we want this. We have to come correct every-single game. Mentally, we know, we can come and be beaten if we’re not coming correct. So I think this will build a spark and a hunger for us next game and moving forward.”

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

The No. 17-ranked Red Raiders will host Troy University at 8 p.m. on Friday in a non-conference matchup at the United Supermarkets Arena after successfully securing a replacement game following having its game against St. John’s being canceled. The game against the Trojans will be televised on ESPN2.

All ticket and seat locations for the previously scheduled St. John’s game are valid for Friday’s matchup against Troy.


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