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Preview & Game Day Thread: TCU vs. Texas Tech

Another home game.

Game Info

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (15-8, 7-7)
Bad Guys: TCU Horned Frogs (12-10, 5-8)
When to Watch: Tuesday, March 2nd @ 6:00 p.m.
Where to Watch: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, Texas
How to Watch: ESPN+
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: Texas Tech -13.5

Advanced Stats

TEXAS TECH TCU
KenPom 23 125
KP AdjO 35 99
KP AdjD 19 164
T-Rank 23 97
T-Rank O 29 87
T-Rank D 24 124
Haslemetric 18 126

Lineups

TEXAS TECH
THE STARTERS Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Mac McClung (6-2/185) 16.8 / 2.3*
SHOOTING GUARD Kyler Edwards (6-4/195) 9.3 / 2.7*
SMALL FORWARD Micah Peavy (6-7/215) 5.5 / 2.9
POWER FORWARD Kevin McCullar (6-6/195) 10.6 / 6.5
CENTER Marcus Santos-Silva (6-7/245) 8.4 / 6.5
THE BENCH Pts / Reb
SIXTH MAN Terrence Shannon, Jr. (6-6/210) 12.8 / 4.6
SEVENTH MAN Jamarius Burton (6-4/205) 4.7 / 2.0
EIGHTH MAN Tyreek Smith (6-7/220) 2.3 / 2.3
NINTH MAN Clarence Nadolny (6-3/190) 1.8 / 1.0
TENTH MAN Chibuzo Agbo (6-7/215) 1.8 / 0.8
ELEVENTH MAN Vladislov Goldin (7-0/240) 2.4 / 1.3
TWELFTH MAN Avery Benson (6-4/195) 1.4 / 0.8
TCU
THE STARTERS Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Mike Miles (6-1/195) 14.3 / 3.3*
SHOOTING GUARD PJ Fuller (6-4/175) 5.7 / 1.9
SMALL FORWARD RJ Nembhard (6-5/200) 16.9 / 4.1*
POWER FORWARD Chuck O’Bannon, Jr. (6-6/215) 6.8 / 3.9
CENTER Kevin Samuel (6-11/255) 9.2 / 8.4
THE BENCH Pts / Reb
SIXTH MAN Taryn Todd (6-5/180) 4.7 / 1.5
SEVENTH MAN Jaedon LeDee (6-9/240) 5.3 / 3.6
EIGHTH MAN Kevin Easley (6-7/225) 4.4 / 3.7
NINTH MAN Terren Frank (6-8/235) 2.2 / 0.9
TENTH MAN – (-/-) – / –

* Assists.

Starting 5

1. Stats. TCU is a top third team offensively, so they aren’t terrible. They kinda just do everything about at that top third rating. They’re 139th in eFG%, 146 in offensive rebounding, and 144th in free throw rate. The one thing that drags the offense down? The turnover rate where the Frogs are 223rd. Defensively, you could say the same thing, but definitely fading into the top two-third area, 182n in eFG%, 195th in allowing offensive boards, and 130th in free throws allowed, while the turnover issue is a problem here as they just don’t force very many, 298th in the nation.

2. Scouting. Nembhard is really good, he’s a really good 3-and-D player, can score, has the ball in his hands, has a really high assist rate (26%), and is a decent shooter, but that’s probably the one area where he could improve. Miles is also good, a better shooter (so maybe he should shoot more) and another high assist rate. Samuel is the muscle inside, really great numbers on the boards and is a fantastic offensive rebounder and blocks a ton of shots. LeDee is sneaky good inside, although he doesn’t play a ton of minutes.

3. How They Match Up. It was nice to get off of that 3-game losing streak. The things that the players do well is exactly what they did. Shannon drove to the basket and found success. Edwards was an early catalyst shooting the ball and should continue to shoot more. Putting it all together will need to be getting Mac McClung back on track as he’s had a couple of bad shooting games.

4. Tweet of the Day.


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

Not to jinx it, but No. 18 Texas Tech and TCU are set to play at 6 p.m. on Tuesday at the United Supermarkets Arena in a game that was added last week following multiple postponements throughout the season due to Covid protocols and weather issues.

The Red Raiders (15-8, 7-7 Big 12) are coming off a 68-59 win over Texas last Saturday, while TCU (12-10, 5-8 Big 12) secured a 76-72 win at Iowa State. Both teams snapped three-game losing streaks with their Saturday afternoon wins. TTU and TCU were originally scheduled to play their first matchup against each other on Jan. 20 in Fort Worth before a Covid postponement and had their Feb. 17 game in Lubbock postponed due to weather that did not allow for travel. This will be the only game between the two programs in the regular season.

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