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Preview & Game Day Thread: Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State

The Cowboys are up next.

Game Info

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (14-7, 6-6)
Bad Guys: Oklahoma State Cowboys (14-6, 7-6)
When to Watch: Monday, February 22nd @ 8:00 p.m.
Where to Watch: Gallagher-Iba Arena | Stillwater, Oklahoma
How to Watch: ESPN | WatchESPN
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: Texas Tech -3

Advanced Stats

TEXAS TECH OKLAHOMA STATE
KenPom 22 42
KP AdjO 31 85
KP AdjD 23 19
T-Rank 22 34
T-Rank O 28 81
T-Rank D 25 15
Haslemetric 19 53

Lineups

TEXAS TECH
THE STARTERS Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Mac McClung (6-2/185) 16.9 / 2.4*
SHOOTING GUARD Kyler Edwards (6-4/195) 9.5 / 2.6*
SMALL FORWARD Micah Peavy (6-7/215) 5.6 / 2.9
POWER FORWARD Kevin McCullar (6-6/195) 10.6 / 6.6
CENTER Marcus Santos-Silva (6-7/245) 8.4 / 6.2
THE BENCH Pts / Reb
SIXTH MAN Terrence Shannon, Jr. (6-6/210) 12.6 / 4.8
SEVENTH MAN Jamarius Burton (6-4/205) 4.7 / 2.0
EIGHTH MAN Tyreek Smith (6-7/220) 2.4 / 2.3
NINTH MAN Clarence Nadolny (6-3/190) 1.9 / 1.0
TENTH MAN Chibuzo Agbo (6-7/215) 1.7 / 0.8
ELEVENTH MAN Vladislov Goldin (7-0/240) 2.8 / 1.5
TWELFTH MAN Avery Benson (6-4/195) 1.4 / 0.9
OKLAHOMA STATE
THE STARTERS Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Isaac Likekele (6-5/215) 10.2 / 3.8*
SHOOTING GUARD Bryce Williams (6-2/180) 7.6 / 2.1
SMALL FORWARD Avery Anderson III (6-3/170) 9.6 / 4.1
POWER FORWARD Cade Cunningham (6-8/220) 18.6 / 6.1
CENTER Kalib Boone (6-9/210) 9.2 / 5.4
THE BENCH Pts / Reb
SIXTH MAN Rondel Walker (6-4/170) 9.3 / 3.0
SEVENTH MAN Ferron Flavors, Jr. (6-3/190) 4.9 / 1.0
EIGHTH MAN Bernard Kouma (6-10/240) 0.9 / 0.9
NINTH MAN Matthrew-Alexander Moncrieffe (6-7/215) 9.4 / 5.4
TENTH MAN – (-/-) – / –

* Assists.

Starting 5

1. Stats. Oklahoma State struggles on offense, but like Kansas, wonder if that’s different at home. They are a top third shooting team, 122nd in eFG% and absolutely terrible at turning the ball over, 269th in the nation. Where they clean up is offensive boards and getting to the line, both top NCAA 100 marks. Defensively, they are much better and that’s probably because of their length and quickness. They really don’t allow teams to shoot well at all, which is terrible news for Texas Tech, 56th in 3-point percentage and 35th in 2-point percentage, plus they block the hell out of some shots.

2. Scouting. Cade Cunningham is as advertised, the overwhelms defenders who are smaller and out-quicks the ones that are bigger. This would be a great game for a guy like McCullar to stick on Cunningham like he’s got zero other responsibilities. I think that’s a match-up that will be fantastic. I should mention that Likekele did not play the last two games, so everyone would just move up a spot if he doesn’t play. If he does play, then he’s the 2nd best player on the team. Kalib Boone is also really good and maybe the key to the season for OSU, he shoots well, rebounds like a madman, and blocks a ton of shots.

3. How They Match Up. This is hard and it is especially hard when your most gifted player, Shannon (best player is McClung), is out of sorts. I think he’s confused about what he wants to do offensively, teams can just play off of him and allow him to drive and he’s got to figure out that mid-range game where he can score and do some things offensively without just going to the basket or just shooting a three-point shot. Texas Tech will need to force some turnovers for this game, that’s going to be critical to beating Oklahoma State. I think that Texas Tech is uniquely situated to have guys who can guard Cunningham, but the offense needs significant work and what I’m really worried about.

4. Tweet of the Day.

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

No. 15/11 Texas Tech is ready for Round 13 of its Big 12 fight where it is set to play RV/22 Oklahoma State at 8 p.m. on Monday at the Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The Red Raiders (14-7, 6-6 Big 12) are coming off a 67-61 loss at No. 23 Kansas on Saturday afternoon after being off for 10 days due to Covid protocols in the Baylor program and weather postponements against TCU, while the Cowboys (14-6, 7-6 Big 12) had the weekend off but are on a two-game winning streak following wins over Kansas State and Iowa State. OSU is currently 4-3 at home in conference play and the Red Raiders are 4-2 on the road.

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