Preview & Game Day Thread: Texas Tech vs. Kansas

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Game Info

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (14-6, 6-5)
Bad Guys: Kansas Jayhawks (16-7, 10-5)
When to Watch: Saturday, February 20th @ 1:00 p.m.
Where to Watch: Allen Fieldhouse | Lawrence, Kansas
How to Watch: ESPN | WatchESPN
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: Kansas -2

Advanced Stats

KenPom 20 23
KP AdjO 31 58
KP AdjD 18 12
T-Rank 19 26
T-Rank O 22 63
T-Rank D 22 18
Haslemetric 20 23


POINT GUARD Mac McClung (6-2/185) 17.2 / 2.4*
SHOOTING GUARD Kyler Edwards (6-4/195) 9.9 / 2.7*
SMALL FORWARD Micah Peavy (6-7/215) 5.4 / 2.8
POWER FORWARD Kevin McCullar (6-6/195) 10.5 / 6.5
CENTER Marcus Santos-Silva (6-7/245) 8.2 / 6.2
SIXTH MAN Terrence Shannon, Jr. (6-6/210) 13.0 / 5.0
SEVENTH MAN Jamarius Burton (6-4/205) 4.4 / 2.0
EIGHTH MAN Tyreek Smith (6-7/220) 2.5 / 2.4
NINTH MAN Clarence Nadolny (6-3/190) 2.0 / 0.9
TENTH MAN Chibuzo Agbo (6-7/215) 1.7 / 0.9
ELEVENTH MAN Vladislov Goldin (7-0/240) 2.8 / 1.5
TWELFTH MAN Avery Benson (6-4/195) 1.5 / 0.9
POINT GUARD Marcus Garrett (6-5/195) 14.8 / 3.3*
SHOOTING GUARD Ochai Agbaji (6-5/210) 5.6 / 1.8
SMALL FORWARD Christian Braun (6-6/205) 17.1 / 4.3*
POWER FORWARD Jalen Wilson (6-8/215) 7.1 / 4.2
CENTER David McCormack (6-10/265) 9.4 / 8.8
SIXTH MAN Bryce Thompson (6-5/188) 10.2 / 1.7
SEVENTH MAN Mitch Lightfoot (6-8/225) 1.3 / 0.8
EIGHTH MAN Dajuan Harris (6-1/160) 5.7 / 4.3
NINTH MAN Tristian Enaruna (6-8/200) 5.2 / 4.1
TENTH MAN Gethro Muscadin (6-10/220) 1.4 / 1.1

* Assists.

Starting 5

1. Stats. Well, we’re back after a way-too-long break and of course, the first game back is Kansas. Meanwhile, part of the reason for the break has been Baylor and their conference schedule has been anything but difficult. Oh well. Kansas is good offensively, top quarter or so. The Jayhawks are very good at offensive rebounding, 60th, while they are an okay shooting team, 178th in eFG%, and top third in turnover percentage, 114th. Defensively, Kansas is still very good at limiting good shots, 63rd in eFG% and 52nd in FG% overall. Kansas also doesn’t foul opponents, which doesn’t play well into Texas Tech’s hands and how the Red Raiders like to get to the line.

2. Scouting. The best players are Agbaji and Wilson with McCormack right there too. Agbaji is a good shooter, but , very good inside the arc and better than you think. Wilson is good all over, rebounding on both ends of the court and a dangerous shooter from deep. McCormack is a superb rebounder as well and should be a better shooter inside, but he’s not. Wilson, Braun and Agbaji are the guys who will shoot. And McCormack has been fantastic of late and as Beard said during his weekly presser, that Kansas’ run has been in large part because McCormack has played exceptionally well.

3. How They Match Up. This is a terrible spot for Texas Tech, but complaining won’t help. It just stinks and the weather this week didn’t help. Of course playing basketball is secondary to the disaster that covered Texas. The advanced stats say that Texas Tech will lose this game by 1, so this isn’t expected to be a blowout. Texas Tech should be well-rested, assuming that they can get to Lawrence. Kansas is not the sharp-shooting three-point team they were in the season, but wonder if that’s different at home. Texas Tech needs to do what they do well, which includes individual players being what they are and knowing what they are not (i.e. Shannon not shooting three’s). And Santos-Silva will have to stay out of foul trouble. That’s not a suggestion, but must happen for Texas Tech to do well.

4. Tweet of the Day.

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

Let’s try this again. No. 15/11 Texas Tech is set to return to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday against No. 23/24 Kansas at the Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas before playing at Oklahoma State on Monday night following a week where two games were postponed due to weather.

The Red Raiders (14-6, 6-5 Big 12) have not played since an 82-71 loss to No. 14 West Virginia on Feb. 9 that was followed by postponements against Baylor (Covid) and two against TCU (weather). The Jayhawks (16-7, 10-5 Big 12) are on a four-game winning streak after a 59-41 win at Kansas State on Wednesday night following victories over Oklahoma State and two against Iowa State. KU is currently 10-1 at home this season, while TTU is 5-1 on the road going into the matchups in Lawrence on Saturday and then at 8 p.m. on ESPN Big Monday in Stillwater, Oklahoma.


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