Preview & Game Day Thread: Texas Tech vs. Baylor

It’s the last conference game.

Game Info

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (17-8, 9-7)
Bad Guys: Baylor Bears (20-1, 12-1)
When to Watch: Sunday, March 7th @ 3:00 p.m.
Where to Watch: Ferrell Center | Waco, Texas
How to Watch: ESPN | WatchESPN
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: OddsShark

Advanced Stats

KenPom 22 2
KP AdjO 34 3
KP AdjD 17 21
T-Rank 22 2
T-Rank O 34 3
T-Rank D 17 21
Haslemetric 15 2


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
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
POINT GUARD Jared Butler (6-3/195) 16.9 / 5.0*
SHOOTING GUARD Davion Mitchell (6-2/205) 13.7 / 5.6*
SMALL FORWARD MaCio Teague (6-4/105) 14.7 / 4.2
POWER FORWARD Mark Vital (6-5/250) 5.9 / 6.0
CENTER Flo Thamba (6-10/245) 4.0 / 4.4
SIXTH MAN Matthew Mayer (6-9/225) 8.1 / 3.7
SEVENTH MAN Adam Flagler (6-3/180) 10.2 / 2.2
EIGHTH MAN Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatch (6-8/245) 7.2 / 5.7
NINTH MAN – (-/-) – / –
TENTH MAN – (-/-) – / –

* Assists.

Starting 5

1. Stats. Welp, Baylor is good at just about everything. Almost. They are one of the best shooting teams in the nation, 3rd in eFG%, 1st in 3-point percentage and 33rd in 2-point buckets. That’s stupid. They are a very good offensive rebounding team, 67th in the nation and are 5th in offensive rebounding. The one area of deficiency is free throw rate, 294th. Defensively, it is more of the same, 92th in eFG%, 3rd in forced turnovers, and strangely they are 177th in free throw rate and 282nd in opponents grabbing offensive boards.

2. Scouting. Well, Baylor is good to quite good. I’ve already mentioned this the last time that these two teams played that Butler, Mitchell, Teague, and Flagler. All guards, all scoring in double-figures, all can shoot. The worst shooter is Teague, who “only” makes 33% of his three-point shots. Tchatchoua, Mayer, and Vital are all the force inside and they are excellent at their jobs.

3. How They Match Up. The good news is that Texas Tech is rolling a bit and they are playing better than they were before this 3-game winning streak. It helps to play the bottom of the conference for two of those wins and as I was corrected, Texas Tech lost the game at TCU (not Iowa State), so technically Texas Tech’s conference record could be improved with another win that they’ll never be able to realize. Oh well. The good news is that Texas Tech looks good offensively and I’ll be glad to see how this team plays offensively against the buzz saw that is the Baylor defense and how Texas Tech closes out on those three-point shots.

4. Tweet of the Day.

5. Official Site. I am out of town for the weekend, completely without internet and most likely driving home from where I’m at. As a result, I can’t post the link to the game because I do not have a time machine (yet) and so I’ll point you to the schedule where you can scroll to the the final conference game and click on that preview.


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