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Preview & Game Day Thread: West Virginia vs. Texas Tech

Game Info

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

Advanced Stats

TEXAS TECH WEST VIRGINIA
KenPom 15 19
KP AdjO 30 13
KP AdjD 13 48
T-Rank 17 21
T-Rank O 32 14
T-Rank D 15 54
Haslemetric 17 26

Lineups

TEXAS TECH
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
WEST VIRGINIA
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 – (-/-) – / –

* Assists.

Starting 5

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.

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.

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