Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (14-5, 6-4)
Bad Guys: West Virginia Mountaineers (13-5, 6-3)
When to Watch: Tuesday, February 9th @ 8:00 p.m.
Where to Watch: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, Texas
How to Watch: ESPN | WatchESPN
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: Texas Tech -6
|TEXAS TECH||WEST VIRGINIA|
|THE STARTERS||Pts / Reb|
|POINT GUARD||Mac McClung (6-2/185)||17.2 / 2.4*|
|SHOOTING GUARD||Kyler Edwards (6-4/195)||9.8 / 2.5*|
|SMALL FORWARD||Micah Peavy (6-7/215)||5.2 / 2.7|
|POWER FORWARD||Kevin McCullar (6-6/195)||10.7 / 7.1|
|CENTER||Marcus Santos-Silva (6-7/245)||8.3 / 6.5|
|THE BENCH||Pts / Reb|
|SIXTH MAN||Terrence Shannon, Jr. (6-6/210)||13.0 / 5.1|
|SEVENTH MAN||Jamarius Burton (6-4/205)||4.5 / 1.9|
|EIGHTH MAN||Tyreek Smith (6-7/220)||2.6 / 2.3|
|NINTH MAN||Chibuzo Agbo (6-7/215)||1.8 / 0.9|
|TENTH MAN||Clarence Nadolny (6-3/190)||2.1 / 0.9|
|ELEVENTH MAN||Vladislov Goldin (7-0/240)||2.8 / 1.5|
|TWELFTH MAN||Avery Benson (6-4/195)||1.6 / 1.0|
|THE STARTERS||Pts / Reb|
|POINT GUARD||Miles McBride (6-2/200)||15.8 / 4.6*|
|SHOOTING GUARD||Taz Sherman (6-4/190)||13.1 / 1.8|
|SMALL FORWARD||Emmitt Matthews, Jr. (6-7/215)||7.8 / 3.9|
|POWER FORWARD||Jalen Bridges (6-7/220)||4.2 / 2.0|
|CENTER||Derek Culver (6-10/255)||14.3 / 10.3|
|THE BENCH||Pts / Reb|
|SIXTH MAN||Sean McNeil (6-3/210)||10.2 / 1.7|
|SEVENTH MAN||Gabe Osabuohien (6-7/235)||1.6 / 4.6|
|EIGHTH MAN||Jordan McCabe (6-0/188)||2.5 / 1.4|
|NINTH MAN||Kedrian Johnson (6-3/180)||1.7 / 0.9|
|TENTH MAN||– (-/-)||– / –|
1. Stats. West Virginia is pretty darned elite offensively, Texas Tech fans know this as they simply could not miss in Morgantown. Much like Texas Tech, they aren’t necessarily a great shooting team, but do other things really well, for example, they don’t turn the ball over that much and they grab a ton of offensive boards. The Mountaineers are actually a really good three-point shooting team, making 37% of their shots, good for 50th in the nation, but inside the arc they are 292nd. Limiting three-point shots would be critical. Defensively, they are very good, but not elite. They do allow opposing teams to grab a ton of offensive boards, but they guard the three-point line really well and I think that’s where they’ve shined most of the year. In fact against Kansas, they forced a very good Kansas team into 7 of 20 from the three point line. Not good.
2. Scouting. McBride hit the game-winning shot against Texas Tech and he really is their best player. He’s terrific offensively, making 44% of his three-point shots and is a high-assist and low-turnover player that’s also really good defensively. Sherman continues to play well, making 40% of his three-point shots and is also low-turnover, which is why he plays so many minutes. Culver is a force in the middle, not so much a shot-blocker, but gobbles up a ton of rebounds.
3. How They Match Up. The last time these two teams met, Texas Tech had just come off of a Baylor loss on Saturday and then had to play West Virginia in Morgantown on Monday, so a really quick turnaround and the longest trip of the year (so I don’t want to hear Huggy complaining about travel). Where West Virginia excelled was on offense where they shot the ball incredibly well and was 12 of 19 from the three-point line. That’s pretty well insane and would be difficult to replicate (knocks on wood). The reason this game wasn’t a blowout in favor of WVU was that they struggled with turnovers against Texas Tech, nearly 19% of their possessions ended in turnovers. Texas Tech was very efficient on offense and didn’t turn the ball over hardly at all, only 2.8% of possessions ended in turnovers. Essentially, it took an unbelievable shooting performance from West Virginia at home and a last second shot to beat Texas Tech.
4. Tweet of the Day.
“February is a big month for us. You’ve got to continue to play better basketball. I think in a lot of ways we have been.”
— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) February 8, 2021
5. Official Site. The official site has their preview right here:
On a three-game winning streak and back in the national top-10, No. 7 Texas Tech will host No. 14 West Virginia at 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the United Supermarkets Arena.
The Red Raiders (14-5, 6-4 Big 12) are on their three-game winning streak following a 73-62 win at Kansas State last Saturday, while the Mountaineers (13-5, 6-3 Big 12) have won two straight with a 91-79 win over Kansas in their weekend matchup. WVU secured an 88-87 win over TTU on Jan. 25 in Morgantown, West Virginia in the first matchup between the two teams this season.
Tech is 4-0 at home against West Virginia under head coach Chris Beard coming into the game. Beard, who is 108-49 in his fifth season as the head coach at Texas Tech, is 71-12 in games played in Lubbock.