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Preview & Game Day Thread: Texas Tech vs. Texas

A big game in Austin.

Game Info

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-3, 3-2)
Bad Guys: Texas Longhorns (10-1, 4-0)
When to Watch: Wednesday, January 13th @ 8:00 p.m.
Where to Watch: Frank Erwin Center | Austin, Texas
How to Watch: ESPN2 | WatchESPN
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: Texas -3

Advanced Stats

TEXAS TECH TEXAS
KenPom 13 6
KP AdjO 37 12
KP AdjD 5 4
T-Rank 11 5
T-Rank O 51 12
T-Rank D 4 7
Haslemetric 12 14

Lineups

TEXAS TECH
THE STARTERS Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Mac McClung (6-2/185) 15.3 / 2.6*
SHOOTING GUARD Kyler Edwards (6-4/195) 10.6 / 3.0*
SMALL FORWARD Micah Peavy (6-7/215) 6.0 / 2.9
POWER FORWARD Kevin McCullar (6-6/195) 10.3 / 6.3
CENTER Marcus Santos-Silva (6-7/245) 8.7 / 6.2
THE BENCH Pts / Reb
SIXTH MAN Terrence Shannon, Jr. (6-6/210) 13.6 / 4.8
SEVENTH MAN Jamarius Burton (6-4/205) 4.8 / 2.1
EIGHTH MAN Tyreek Smith (6-7/220) 3.1 / 2.4
NINTH MAN Chibuzo Agbo (6-7/215) 1.7 / 0.9
TENTH MAN Clarence Nadolny (6-3/190) 1.9 / 0.9
ELEVENTH MAN Vladislov Goldin (7-0/240) 2.8 / 1.5
TWELTH MAN Avery Benson (6-4/195) 1.9 / 1.2
TEXAS
THE STARTERS Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Matt Coleman III (6-2/180) 13.6 / 4.4*
SHOOTING GUARD Courtney Ramey (6-3/185) 13.8 / 3.5*
SMALL FORWARD Andrew Jones (6-4/192) 13.4 / 4.4
POWER FORWARD Greg Brown (6-9/205) 12.0 / 7.9
CENTER Jericho Sims (6-10/245) 6.5 / 6.5
THE BENCH Pts / Reb
SIXTH MAN Kai Jones (6-11/218) 9.0 / 5.0
SEVENTH MAN Brock Cunningham (6-5/204) 2.1 / 3.3
EIGHTH MAN Royce Hamm, Jr. (6-9/225) 2.3 / 3.4
NINTH MAN Donovan Williams (6-6/190) 4.6 / 1.1
TENTH MAN Gerald Liddell (6-8/205) 2.1 / 1.7

* Assists.

Starting 5

1. Stats. Want some blasphemy to start your morning? This Texas team reminds me of Texas Tech’s Final Four team. Talented and experienced guards. Workhorse inside guys. Versatile defenders. Offense and defense are both top 20. Shaka finally put together a team that’s great from top to bottom and I type this without sarcasm. I think this is his best team in Austin by far. Offensively, the Longhorns don’t necessarily do anything great except for the fact that the rebound the ball well on the offensive end. They are basically a top 100 team in eFG%, turnover percentage, and free throw rate. Just doing things well. Texas is really excelling at limiting opponent shots, allowing 42.3% in eFG%, which is good for 9th in the nation. Other than that though, the Longhorns do have weaknesses in that they aren’t forcing turnovers, 256th, and they allow teams to go to the line quite a bit, 271st.

2. Scouting. Andrew Jones had cancer. Went through hell to get better and now is starting for the Longhorns. Salute. Coleman is really the best player on the Longhorns and has been really good inside the arc, making 57% of his two-point shots, and enough to be respectable from the outside, 33%. Ramey is, by far, the team’s best volume shooter, making 44% of his three-point shots. Jones is excellent as well, but surprisingly not a great rebounder or shot-blocker, the team is just better when he’s on the court. Grown, Sims, and Hamm are UT’s best rebounders and Brown and Hamm are great shot-blockers.

3. How They Match Up. What’s weird is that Texas Tech does a lot of the things better, but Texas has better advanced stats. The biggest difference between these two teams on the offensive end of things is that Texas Tech doesn’t shoot particularly well, maybe the top half of the country, but they are great at low turnovers, offensive boards and getting to the line. Defensively, while Texas Tech is terrific at limiting other teams from shooting well and are great forcing turnovers, they aren’t great at limiting offensive boards or free throw rate. This should be a really fun game, one where the advanced stats think it is a 3 or 4 point game and that’s what the line says.

4. Tweet of the Day.

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

The Red Raiders (10-3, 3-2 Big 12) are coming off wins over Kansas State and Iowa State last week, while the Longhorns (10-1, 4-0 Big 12) secured victories against the Cyclones before an overtime thriller over West Virginia on Saturday. Tech is 2-0 on the road this season after rolling to a 91-64 win in Ames last Saturday led by 19 points from Kyler Edwards and a double-double from Kevin McCullar following an 82-71 victory over KSU where Terrence Shannon, Jr. went off for a season-high 22 points. Mac McClung leads the Red Raiders with 15.3 points per game after going for 18 in the win at Iowa State where he was 8-for-10 from the field. The Red Raiders shot a season-high 58.9 percent from the field in Ames and are now shooting 44.7 percent for the season while limiting its opponents to just 39.0 percent.

The Longhorns are 5-1 on their home court this season with their only loss this season coming in a 68-64 decision to No. 3 Villanova on Dec. 6, 2020. Texas is coming off a thrilling win at West Virginia with Andrew Jones hitting a last-second 3-pointer to extend a six-game winning streak. The Longhorns have four players averaging in double figures in Courtney Ramey (13.8), Matt Coleman III (13.6), Jones (13.4) and freshman Greg Brown leading the team with 7.9 rebounds per game to go along with 12.0 points per. Texas leads the Big 12 by limiting opponents to 38.3 percent shooting and 27.1 percent on 3-pointers.

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