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Preview & Game Day Thread: Texas vs. Texas Tech – Big 12 Tournament

The post-season begins.

Game Info

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (17-9, 9-8)
Bad Guys: Texas Longhorns (17-7, 11-6)
When to Watch: Thursday, March 11th @ 8:30 p.m.
Where to Watch: T-Mobile Center | Kansas City, Missouri
How to Watch: ESPN/ESPN2 | WatchESPN
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: Texas Tech -1.5

Advanced Stats

TEXAS TECH TEXAS
KenPom 20 26
KP AdjO 31 29
KP AdjD 23 31
T-Rank 20 21
T-Rank O 26 22
T-Rank D 24 27
Haslemetric 16 26

Lineups

TEXAS TECH
THE STARTERS Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Mac McClung (6-2/185) 16.1 / 2.3*
SHOOTING GUARD Kyler Edwards (6-4/195) 10.2 / 2.7*
SMALL FORWARD Micah Peavy (6-7/215) 5.8 / 3.2
POWER FORWARD Kevin McCullar (6-6/195) 10.1 / 6.2
CENTER Marcus Santos-Silva (6-7/245) 8.5 / 6.4
THE BENCH Pts / Reb
SIXTH MAN Terrence Shannon, Jr. (6-6/210) 12.5 / 4.1
SEVENTH MAN Jamarius Burton (6-4/205) 4.7 / 2.0
EIGHTH MAN Tyreek Smith (6-7/220) 2.8 / 2.6
NINTH MAN Clarence Nadolny (6-3/190) 1.9 / 1.0
TENTH MAN Chibuzo Agbo (6-7/215) 2.0 / 0.8
ELEVENTH MAN Vladislov Goldin (7-0/240) 1.9 / 1.0
TWELFTH MAN Avery Benson (6-4/195) 1.3 / 0.7
TEXAS
THE STARTERS Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Courtney Ramey (6-3/185) 13.6 / 4.1*
SHOOTING GUARD Matt Coleman III (6-2/180) 12.4 / 4.2*
SMALL FORWARD Andrew Jones (6-4/192) 14.9 / 4.8
POWER FORWARD Greg Brown (6-9/205) 10.3 / 6.7
CENTER Jericho Sims (6-10/245) 8.6 / 6.6
THE BENCH Pts / Reb
SIXTH MAN Kai Jones (6-11/218) 8.4 / 4.8
SEVENTH MAN Jase Febres (6-5/195) 4.6 / 1.7
EIGHTH MAN Royce Hamm, Jr. (6-9/225) 2.1 / 2.5
NINTH MAN Brock Cunningham (6-5/204) 1.5 / 3.0
TENTH MAN Donovan Williams (6-6/190) 3.5 / 1.1

* Assists.

Starting 5

1. Stats. Well, we’re back in the saddle again and glad to be in it. The Texas offense is a good shooting team, 66th in eFG%, particularly good shooting from inside the arc at 72%. Again, not a great possession team, turning the ball over at a rate of 19.7% and 209th in the nation. Generally speaking, they are fine on offense. Defensively, they are fine too, they have been elite in limiting 2-point shots, 25th in the nation, and that will give you a great defense. The biggest fault of the defense is that they allow teams to shoot a ton of free throws, 295th in the nation.

2. Scouting. As mentioned the last time these two teams played at the end of February, this team is driven by Coleman, Ramey, and Jones from the guard positions. Ramey is purely a three-point shooter, or he should be, making 45% of three’s and 38% of two’s. Inside, Jones and Sims are terrific at doing what they do, which is to grab boards, block shots, and get to the line. Febres has been injured for the better part of the year and he is back and we’ll see how he integrates, but he’s very good.

3. How They Match Up. Both teams are a three-guard team with Texas opting for a longer center, while Texas Tech doesn’t really have that on the roster. To me, these teams are more similar than not in terms of how they play and how they match-up. I’d also add that I’m not sure how important this game actually is to either team. Both teams are headed to the NCAA Tournament. Neither team is on the bubble. Other than winning the game in front of them, there is no reason why either team should be overly motivated to win this game because it most likely won’t affect them a ton. Don’t get me wrong, if either team goes on a run, they could increase their possible seeding position.

4. Tweet of the Day.

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

No. 20 Texas Tech is set to play No. 13 Texas in the 2021 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday in a quarterfinal matchup at the T-Mobile Center in Kansas City. Tech is the six seed in the tournament and will look to knock off the third-seeded Longhorns for the third time this season to advance.

The Red Raiders (17-9, 9-8 Big 12) had won three in a row before finishing the regular season with a loss at No. 2 Baylor on Sunday, while the Longhorns (17-7, 11-6 Big 12) have won three straight following road wins at Iowa State, Oklahoma and TCU. Tech is 2-0 against Texas this season and has won seven of the last eight games in the series after a 68-59 win on Feb. 27 in Lubbock and a 79-77 victory in Austin on Jan. 13.

The TTU-UT winner advances to the semifinals where they will play at 8:30 p.m. on Friday against either Oklahoma, Iowa State or Kansas. The Jayhawks are the No. 2 seed in the tournament and will face the OU-ISU winner at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday in the quarterfinals. The Big 12 Championship final is set for 5 p.m. on Saturday on ESPN. Baylor is the top seed in the tournament after winning the 2021 Big 12 regular-season championship for the first time in program history.

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