Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (10-3, 0-1)
Bad Guys: Kansas Jayhawks (12-1, 1-0)
When to Watch: Saturday, January 8th @ 3:00 pm
Where to Watch: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, Texas
How to Watch: ESPN3 | ESPN+
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: Kansas -5
|THE STARTERS||Pts / Reb|
|POINT GUARD||Kevin McCullar (6-6/210)||13.5 / 3.5*|
|SHOOTING GUARD||Adonis Arms (6-5/200)||8.3 / 3.6|
|SMALL FORWARD||Davion Warren (6-6/215)||11.3 / 2.8|
|POWER FORWARD||Kevin Obanor (6-8/235)||8.7 / 5.2|
|CENTER||Bryson Williams (6-8/240)||11.2 / 4.6|
|THE BENCH||Pts / Reb|
|SIXTH MAN||Marcus Santos-Silva (6-7/250)||5.2 / 3.8|
|SEVENTH MAN||Clarence Nadolny (6-3/200)||3.4 / 1.5*|
|EIGHTH MAN||Daniel Batcho (6-11/235)||3.8 / 4.9|
|NINTH MAN||Chibuzo Agbo (6-7/220)||2.1 / 1.8|
|TENTH MAN||KJ Allen (6-6/255)||2.3 / 1.7|
|ELEVENTH MAN||Sardaar Calhoun (6-6/210)||3.5 / 0.9|
|TWELFTH MAN||Terrence Shannon, Jr. (6-6/215)||14.3 / 3.2|
|THIRTEENTH MAN||Mylik Wilson (6-3/175)||4.1 / 3.3*|
|FOURTEENTH MAN||Austin Timperman (6-9/190)||0.0 / 0.0|
|THE STARTERS||Pts / Reb|
|POINT GUARD||Remy Martin (6-0/175)||10.4 / 3.3*|
|SHOOTING GUARD||Dajuan Harris (6-1/170)||4.6 / 3.9*|
|SMALL FORWARD||Ochai Agbaji (6-5/215)||20.2 / 4.5|
|POWER FORWARD||Christian Braun (6-6/218)||16.8 / 6.2|
|CENTER||Mitch Lightfoot (6-8/225)||5.9 / 3.3|
|THE BENCH||Pts / Reb|
|SIXTH MAN||Jalen Wilson (6-8/225)||5.5 / 6.8|
|SEVENTH MAN||David McCormack (6-10/250)||9.0 / 6.1|
|EIGHTH MAN||Jalen Coleman-Lands (6-4/190)||5.3 / 0.4|
|NINTH MAN||– (-/-)||– / –|
|TENTH MAN||– (-/-)||– / –|
1. Stats. Kansas is elite (again) on offense, going with a 4-guard lineup, they’ve just upped everything offensively. The Jayhawks are 8th in eFG%, 56th in the nation in turnover percentage and 22nd in offensive rebounds grabbed. To go a bit further on the shooter aspect, they are 37th in the nation in 3-point shots made and 11th for 2-point percentage. Defensively, I think it is safe to say that most Kansas teams are going to be very good defensively, which this team is, but this year this team is not elite defensively. They are terrific at forcing turnovers, 41st in the nation and 68th in the nation in block percentage. Other than that, teams can score against Kansas.
2. Scouting. Agbaji has really developed, as has Braun, and become excellent scorers and offensive players. Agbaji is showing his range, making 45% of his 3-point shots and 59% of 2-point shots while almost never turning the ball over. Braun is making 66% of his 2-point shots and just 37% of 3-point shots, while rebounding the ball really well and also blocking a few shots. McCormick is the best inside presence despite not starting and Martin is another dangerous shooter, as is Coleman-Lands.
3. How They Match Up.
This is where I usually write about how Texas Tech looks against the opposing team and I’m not sure what Texas Tech team will show up. The Big 12 changed their protocols for individuals who were boosted, basically stating that they don’t have to quarantine at all so we’ll maybe find out who is boosted. My guess is that some guys will be back. In the video below, Kevin McCullar and Mylik Wilson make an appearance. Head coach Mark Adams said that Terrence Shannon is further behind. The offensive team that showed up against Iowa State probably won’t do it against Kansas, no matter how good the defense is. I think that Kansas is that good offensively. I would love for Texas Tech to be fully loaded for this game, but those are the breaks.
4. lagniappe | something given as a bonus or extra gift.
We host Kansas tomorrow. That’s the tweet. pic.twitter.com/XmfFkJaJEV
— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) January 8, 2022
5. Official Site. The official site has their preview right here:
Round two of the Big 12 fight for No. 25 Texas Tech brings No. 6 Kansas into Lubbock this weekend for a 3 p.m. game on Saturday at the United Supermarkets Arena.
The Red Raiders (10-3, 0-1 Big 12) are coming off a 51-47 loss at No. 11 Iowa State on Wednesday, while the Jayhawks (12-1, 1-0 Big 12) extended an eight-game winning streak with a 74-63 victory at Oklahoma State on Tuesday in Stillwater. TTU is currently 8-0 at home this season and KU is 2-0 in true road games.
Tech played its game against Iowa State with only seven available players due to a combination of injuries along with health and safety protocols. Information regarding availability will not be announced until Saturday.
The matchup is one that features one of the top defenses in the conference and the top offense with the Red Raiders limiting opponents to only 37.1 percent shooting which ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 and eighth nationally. ISU shot only 30.6 percent on Wednesday to become the eighth team to shoot under 40 percent against Tech this season. KU leads the Big 12 by shooting 50.7 percent from the field and scoring 84.3 points per game.