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Preview & Game Day Thread: Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State

Last one on the road.

Game Info

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (23-7, 12-5)
Bad Guys: Oklahoma State Cowboys (14-15, 7-10)
When to Watch: Saturday, March 5th @ 2:00 pm
Where to Watch: Gallagher-Iba Arena | Stillwater, Oklahoma
How to Watch: ESPN+
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: Texas Tech -2.5

Advanced Stats

TEXAS TECH STAT OKLAHOMA STATE
9
KenPom
38
44
KP AdjO
162
2
KP AdjD
9
9
T-Rank
36
50
T-Rank O
162
3
T-Rank D
8
13
Haslemetric
38

Lineups

TEXAS TECH
THE STARTERS Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Kevin McCullar (6-6/210) 10.0 / 3.1*
SHOOTING GUARD Davion Warren (6-6/215) 10.3 / 3.0
SMALL FORWARD Terrence Shannon, Jr. (6-6/215) 10.6 / 2.8
POWER FORWARD Kevin Obanor (6-8/235) 9.6 / 4.8
CENTER Bryson Williams (6-8/240) 14.1 / 4.4
THE BENCH Pts / Reb
SIXTH MAN Marcus Santos-Silva (6-7/250) 4.8 / 4.2
SEVENTH MAN Adonis Arms (6-5/200) 8.4 / 4.1
EIGHTH MAN Mylik Wilson (6-3/175) 3.2 / 1.9*
NINTH MAN Daniel Batcho (6-11/235) 2.7 / 3.1
TENTH MAN Clarence Nadolny (6-3/200) 4.0 / 1.3
ELEVENTH MAN Chibuzo Agbo (6-7/220) 1.2 / 1.1
TWELFTH MAN KJ Allen (6-6/255) 2.3 / 2.1
THIRTEENTH MAN Austin Timperman (6-9/190) 0.0 / 0.0
OKLAHOMA STATE
THE STARTERS Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Isaac Likekele (6-5/215) 7.1 / 3.5*
SHOOTING GUARD Avery Anderson III (6-3/170) 12.2 / 3.1
SMALL FORWARD Bryce Thompson (6-5/195) 10.6 / 2.2
POWER FORWARD Tyreek Smith (6-7/220) 3.4 / 2.7
CENTER Moussa Cisse (6-10/225) 7.4 / 6.4
THE BENCH Pts / Reb
SIXTH MAN Keylan Boone (6-8/200) 6.1 / 3.4
SEVENTH MAN Rondel Walker (6-4/170) 4.6 / 2.4
EIGHTH MAN Bryce Williams (6-2/180) 8.6 / 3.2*
NINTH MAN Matthew Moncrieffe (6-7/215) 4.3 / 4.0
TENTH MAN Kalib Boone (6-9/210) 5.9 / 2.4

* Assists.

Starting 5

1. Stats. Oklahoma State’s offense is what is holding them back. And it’s a couple of things that are an issue. First, OSU is a turnover machine, 326th in the nation in turnover percentage, over 21% of possessions result in turnovers. Then they are also a terrible 3-point shooting team, 330th in the nation. Finally, they are 331st in free throw percentage, so they simply don’t make the easy ones. What saves them offensively is that they are 58th in offensive rebounds, so they have more possessions than most, which makes the offense not as terrible if it weren’t for that. Defensively, they don’t turn teams over, 330th in forcing turnovers, but are great at defending 2-point shots, 12th in the nation, and are 8th in the nation in blocked shots. The Cowboys also force opponents into turnovers, 19th in the nation.

2. Scouting. Likekele gets most of the minutes, but he struggles with everything other than his assist rate. Anderson is a high usage player, steals the ball at a high rate and is probably their best shooter and I’d probably not let him beat you. Cisse is a ferocious rebounder and blocks a ton of shots. Walker is not good at almost everything, but continues to get a lot of minutes. The Boone brothers and Smith are quality forwards and they shoot well inside.

3. How They Match Up. Texas Tech’s biggest issue is turnover percentage and of late, that has been an issue. Interestingly, that coincides with McCullar being out and it’s not necessarily because of Arms who had issues early in the year, but because it forces other players to handle the ball more like Warren and Shannon. Solve the turnover problem and Texas Tech probably wins this game. Both teams are terrific defensively and Oklahoma State is much more challenged offensively. Texas Tech is 3-6 away from home, 5-4 against the spread on the road, and 3-6 on the over/under on the road. As a favorite, Texas Tech is 19-4, so

4. lagniappe | something given as a bonus or extra gift.

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

No. 12 Texas Tech will close out the regular season against Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. on Saturday at the Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

The Red Raiders (23-7, 12-5 Big 12) enter the final weekend of the regular season one game behind No. 6 Kansas and No. 3 Baylor in the Big 12 standings and still maintain an opportunity to claim a share of the regular-season title. Tech stayed in the championship race by earning a 73-68 win over Kansas State on Monday to complete an 18-0 home record, while the Cowboys (14-15, 7-10 Big 12) are coming into their final game of the season after securing a 53-36 win at Iowa State.

“This will be a challenging road game for us,” Texas Tech coach Mark Adams said. “This is their last game as a team together and they know it. We know we’re about to get their best shot, both mentally and physically. They’ll be ready to play. It’s a huge challenge for us.”

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