Preview and GDT: Long Island vs. Texas Tech

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Game Info

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-0, 0-0)
Bad Guys: Long Island Sharks (1-4, 0-0)
When to Watch: Sunday, November 24th @ 1:00 p.m.
Where to Watch: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, Texas
How to Watch: FSSW+ | FOXSportsGo
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: Not available.

Advanced Stats

KenPom 17 267
KP AdjO 37 248
KP AdjD 10 284
T-Rank 18 241
T-Rank O 65 186
T-Rank D 3 286
Haslemetric N/A N/A


POINT GUARD Davide Moretti (6-3/180) 14.3 / 3.8*
SHOOTING GUARD Kyler Edwards (6-4/200) 10.0 / 4.0*
SMALL FORWARD Jahmi’us Ramsey (6-4/195) 17.5 / 6.5
POWER FORWARD Terrence Shannon, Jr. (6-6/210) 9.3 / 3.3
CENTER TJ Holyfield (6-8/225) 16.0 / 4.0
SIXTH MAN Chrks Clarke (6-6/220) 2.0 / 6.5*
SEVENTH MAN Kevin McCullar (6-6/195) 5.0 / 2.3
EIGHTH MAN Clarence Nadolny (6-3/195) 4.5 / 1.5*
NINTH MAN Russel Tchewa (7-0/260) 2.8 / 1.5
TENTH MAN Andrei Savrasov (6-7/225) 0.0 / 2.3
ELEVENTH MAN Avery Benson (6-4/200) 3.5 / 1.3
TWELTH MAN Tyreek Smith (6-7/215) – / –
POINT GUARD Jashaun Agosto (5-11/150) 10.8 / 4.4*
SHOOTING GUARD Julian Batts (5-11/175) 7.0 / 2.8
SMALL FORWARD Virshon Cotton (6-2/165) 8.0 / 2.6*
POWER FORWARD Raiquan Clark (6-6/190) 20.5 / 6.0
CENTER Tyrn Flowers (6-9/200) 16.4 / 13.2
SIXTH MAN Ashtyn Bradley (6-4/185) 9.4 / 1.8
SEVENTH MAN Jermaine Jackson, Jr. (5-10/172) 4.3 / 1.0
EIGHTH MAN Ousmane Ndim (7-0/235) 1.5 / 2.3
NINTH MAN Jack Ballantyne (6-9/240) 3.0 / 3.5

* Assists.

Starting 5

1. Stats. I initially thought that there were no statistics for Long Island, but they recently changed their name from the Long Island University-Brooklyn Blackbirds to the Long Island University Sharks. Their advanced stats are still under LIU-Brooklyn or just LIU. As an aside, LIU has over 15,000 students, has a Brooklyn campus and a Brookville campus. This is somewhat of the last absolutely terrible opponent for Texas Tech, thankfully. Up next is Iowa, then DePaul, and Louisville. Back to Long Island, there’s a bit of disparity in terms of some of the stats, I’ll trust T-Rank for whatever reason and tell you that LIU can be a good offensive team, but are not a good defensive team.

2. Scouting. Flowers is probably the team’s most important player and for sure the team’s best rebounder. I should also add that Flowers also averages something like 3 assists, so he can somewhat do it all for LIU. He’s just not a very good shooter overall, or I should add that he’s very good from 2-point range, but is shooting 24% from the 3-point line and he’s jacked up 45 shots and only made 11. So he’s shooting from deep, but not making them. He should not be doing this, or he should continue to do this agains Texas Tech and then stop doing it after this game. Clark is probably the team’s best shooter and should probably shoot more, but he takes almost all of his shots mid-range.

3. How They Match Up. Not a very big team, two starting guards are under 6’0″, but Flowers, Agosto, Clark, and Bradley all shoot very well inside the arc, in fact, in order, their shooting percentages are 57%, 65%, 60%, and 60%, so yeah they all shoot very well, their problem is that they can’t hit anything outside to speak of. Bradley is the team’s best shooter from deep and he’s hitting 32% of his 3-point shots. So, let the Sharks shoot from the outside and pack it the heck in defensively and contest any and all mid-range shots.

4. Reading Material. Avalanche-Journal’s Carlos Silva, Jr. – Red Raiders set to close out homestand:

“I think we’re going the right way,” Texas Tech junior guard Davide Moretti said of how the Red Raiders are coming together. “Games like this, they’re going to help you because we faced some adversity in this game and I think we bounced back in a positive way. Of course, we had a lot of mistakes, and we’re going to work on it (Friday). But I think we responded pretty good.”

In the contest, the Red Raiders struggled to find their offensive rhythm for several reasons — one being the lack of TJ Holyfield on the floor due to the graduate transfer from Stephen F. Austin picking up his first foul in the first two minutes of the contest.

The 6-foot-8 forward was assessed his second foul under the 14-minute mark of the first half and was relegated to the bench for what amounted to five minutes of playing time.

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

All of No. 12 Texas Tech’s attention is on Long Island University as it prepares to host the Sharks at 1 p.m. on Sunday for a Continental Tire Las Vegas campus game at the United Supermarkets Arena. The first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a limited edition commemorative Final Four poster and Raising Canes will be outside the student entrance to provide free food, coupons and swag while supplies last.

The Red Raiders (4-0) extended a 50-game non-conference home winning streak with a 72-57 win over Tennessee State on Thursday in the first game of the multi-team event that will continue next week in Las Vegas. Tech, which started last year with a 10-0 record, is unblemished through four games for the third straight season and the 18th time in program history. Under head coach Chris Beard the Red Raiders are now 53-5 in home games and 80-31 overall.


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