Preview & GDT: Mississippi Valley State vs. Texas Tech

Game Info

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-0, 0-0)
Bad Guys: Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (0-1, 0-0)
When to Watch: Friday, November 9th @ 8:00 p.m.
Where to Watch: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, Texas
How to Watch: FSSW+
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: None

Advanced Stats

Texas Tech MVSU
KenPom 21 349
KP AdjO 36 345
KP AdjD 10 349
T-Rank 23 331
T-Rank O 56 298
T-Rank D 6 339
Haslemetric N/A N/A


POINT GUARD Davide Moretti (6-3/175) 9.0 / 3.0*
SHOOTING GUARD Matt Mooney (6-3/200) 12.0 / 6.0*
SMALL FORWARD Jarrett Culver (6-5/195) 16.0 / 3.0
POWER FORWARD Tariq Owens (6-10/205) 5.0 / 2.0
CENTER Norense Odiase (6-9/245) 4.0 / 6.0
SIXTH MAN Brandone Francis (6-5/215) 13.0 / 5.0
SEVENTH MAN Deshawn Corprew (6-5/210) 7.0 / 3.0
EIGHTH MAN Kyler Edwards (6-3/200) 10.0 / 2.0
NINTH MAN Malik Ondigo (6-10/215) 2.0 / 3.0
TENTH MAN Josh Mballa (6-7/215) 2.0 / 1.0
ELEVENTH MAN Khavon Moore (6-7/215)
POINT GUARD Tereke Eckwood (6-2/175) 4.0 / 3.0
SHOOTING GUARD Jordan Evans (6-2/165) 12.0 / 6.0
SMALL FORWARD Marcus Mitchell (6-7) 7.0 / 4.0
POWER FORWARD Dante Scott (6-4/220) 10.0 / 10.0
CENTER Emmanuel Ejeh (6-8/186) 0.0 / 1.0
SIXTH MAN Lorenzo Hunt (6-4/195) 2.0 / 4.0
SEVENTH MAN Patrick Rucker (6-0)
EIGHTH MAN Fritz Lucien (6-7)
NINTH MAN Torico Simmons (5-8) 0.0 / 2.0
TENTH MAN Michael Green (6-3)

* Assists.

Starting 5

1. Stats. I know that head coach Chris Beard is not downplaying the Delta Devils, but they are not a good team. At some point, someone is going to complain about the strength of Texas Tech’s schedule and Incarnate Word and MVSU are two teams that are really terrible statistically. The Delta Devils are literally one of the worst teams statistically in just about every metric and every category. This should be a 25+ point win. And keep in mind that the game is scheduled to go after the Lady Raiders open up their season, so approximately 35 minutes after their game, so it could be a bit after 8:00 p.m.

2. How They Match Up. Obviously, Texas Tech has an advantage in the post as MVSU doesn’t have a player above 6’8″ and so we should see guys like Owens and Odiase have big days, Odiase having a big day on the boards. It was weird grabbing stats for MVSU and Evans appears to be the best player, but his shooting was not great so as long as he doesn’t get hot, Texas Tech will be okay.

3. Keys to the Game. Pressure on defense will likely end this game pretty quickly and I think that Beard will have his team highly motivated defensively. I don’t expect Beard to allow anyone to have any sort of defensive drop-off, especially now that he knows what they are capable of doing defensively. I’d also like to maybe see the team work to get better looks from the three-point line. That comes with time, but working the offense out should help with that. Oh, and I’d like to see these guys get to the free throw line a bit more, only 13 attempts against Incarnate Word and the Cardinals and the Delta Devils are teams that you can dominate inside and at the line.

4. Reading Material. A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes about freshman guard Kyler Edwards about playing in his first game:

To say his anxiety took time to go away would be an understatement because the former Findlay Prep (Nev.) backcourt standout netted 10 points — one of four players to tally double figures — as the Red Raiders defeated the Cardinals 87-37 in front of a crowd of more than 10,000 fans inside United Supermarkets Arena.

“A lot of nerves going into the first game,” said Edwards, who scored a team-leading eight points in the first half to help the Red Raiders claim a 39-30 advantage. “But my teammates gave my opportunities, getting me open and all that good stuff. I feel like I did OK for the first game.”

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

Jarrett Culver led the Red Raiders with 16 points and now has 21 double-digit scoring performances in his career, while Tariq Owens recorded six blocked shots and Matt Mooney scored 12 and dished out six assists in their TTU debuts. Brandone Francis scored 13 points and grabbed five rebounds, while Norense Odiase led the team with seven rebounds to start their senior seasons. Davide Moretti would match a career-high with six assists and also scored nine to start his sophomore season and freshman Kyler Edwards went for 10 points in his first collegiate game. Texas Tech led by nine at halftime in the opener before holding UIW to only seven points the entire second half to cruise to the non-conference win.

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