Preview and Game Thread: High Point vs. Texas Tech

Game Details:

Date: Friday, November 13th
Time: 8:00 pm
Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (0-0, 0-0)
Bad Guys: High Point Panthers (0-0, 0-0)
Location: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, TX
TV/Stream: FOX College Sports
Radio/Stream: Broadcast Affiliates and TuneIn App

Starting Lineup

POINT GUARD Kennan Evans (6-3/180) 5.8 / 1.4*
SHOOTING GUARD Devaugntah Williams (6-4/205) 10.5 / 2.9
SMALL FORWARD Toddrick Gotcher (6-4/210) 7.3 / 2.7
POWER FORWARD Zach Smith (6-8/215) 6.2 / 4.9
CENTER Norense Odiase (6-9/260) 7.0 / 4.7
POINT GUARD Haiishen McIntyre (6-2/180) 4.2 / 2.7*
SHOOTING GUARD Adam Weary (6-3/205) 9.3 / 2.7*
SMALL FORWARD Tarique Thompson (6-5/215) 5.1 / 2.6
POWER FORWARD John Brown (6-8/210) 19.3 / 6.0
CENTER Lorenzo Cugini (6-7/225) 9.8 / 4.8

* Assists.

Three Point Preview:

1. Scouting the Panthers. High Point is picked to win the Big south, which consists of Costal Carolina and Winthrop, Longwood, etc. they are helped by having the best player in the conference, John Brown, return. Brown was the 3rd leading scorer last year, and as you’ll note above, he averaged nearly 20 points a game. And per this release from High Point, they are the winningest program in the Big South over the past three seasons.

Oh, and maybe most importantly, High Point is Tubby Smith’s alma mater. This is a pretty nice¬†tip of the cap to High Point, where Tubby got his start.

2. Stats. High Point was the 148th best team last year according to KenPom, 101st in adjusted offense and 236th in adjusted defense. They’re quite the offensive team and it appears that Brown is the catalyst behind most, if not all of the scoring. He appears to be quite the scorer inside the arc, attempting only 6 three-point attempts all year (making none).

For comparison purposes, Texas Tech finished the year 113th in adjusted offense and 84th in adjusted defense.

*AdjO and AdjD via KenPom.

3. Matching Up. Brown scores on a variety of inside moves and he dunks. A lot.

A ton of his stuff is in transition and he can jump out of the gym and has a variety of ways he can finish, complete with a nice little jump shot. As athletic as Zach Smith is, Brown I think has the edge, but Smith should prove to be a tough defensive match-up for Brown, especially with Smith’s ability to block shots. Reading up on Brown, he appears to be a good kid, the first in his family to attend college, after attending prep school for two years to get eligible for the NCAA (he had a learning disability) and his mother passed away before he could attend High Point. Cugini, the post player, shot 122 3-point shots, so whoever guards him will need to be wary of his ability to go deep. Weary is a big guard and although he didn’t average big points, he also has the ability to hit beyond the arc and it’s good that an off-guard has the ability to be so good distributing the ball.

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