Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (6-2, 0-0)
Bad Guys: Eastern Washington Eagles (4-6, 0-0)
When to Watch: Tuesday, December 13th @ 7:00 pm
Where to Watch: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, TX
How to Watch: ESPN+
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: Texas Tech -17.5
|TEXAS TECH||STAT||EASTERN WASHINGTON|
|THE STARTERS||Pts / Reb|
|POINT GUARD||De’Vion Harmon (6-2/205)||10.1 / 3.8*|
|SHOOTING GUARD||Richard Isaacs (6-2/170)||10.3 / 3.0*|
|SMALL FORWARD||Jaylon Tyson (6-6/210)||10.4 / 4.9|
|POWER FORWARD||Kevin Obanor (6-8/235)||14.0 / 5.8|
|CENTER||Daniel Batcho (6-11/235)||13.0 / 8.3|
|THE BENCH||Pts / Reb|
|SIXTH MAN||Kerwin Walton (6-5/200)||2.4 / 1.4|
|SEVENTH MAN||Elijah Fisher (6-6/190)||2.6 / 1.1|
|EIGHTH MAN||Lamar Washington (6-4/205)||2.9 / 2.4*|
|NINTH MAN||KJ Allen (6-6/255)||1.6 / 2.1|
|TENTH MAN||D’Maurian Willaims (6-3/200)||4.1 / 1.1|
|ELEVENTH MAN||Robert Jennings (6-7/225)||2.6 / 1.9|
|TWELFTH MAN||CJ Williams (6-1/155)||1.0 / 1.0|
|THIRTEENTH MAN||Fardaws Aimaq (6-11/245)||– / –|
|THE STARTERS||Pts / Reb|
|POINT GUARD||Angelo Allegri (6-7/215)||10.0 / 3.1*|
|SHOOTING GUARD||Tyreese Davis (6-6/210)||9.2 / 3.2*|
|SMALL FORWARD||Steele Venters (6-7/195)||13.6 / 2.7|
|POWER FORWARD||Casey Jones (6-6/220)||7.2 / 6.9|
|CENTER||Ethan Price (6-10/230)||8.4 / 5.2|
|THE BENCH||Pts / Reb|
|SIXTH MAN||Dane Erikstrup (6-10/240)||3.7 / 2.7|
|SEVENTH MAN||Cedric Coward (6-6/205)||6.5 / 4.4|
|EIGHTH MAN||Deon Stroud (6-5/200)||6.2 / 2.6|
|NINTH MAN||Ty Harper (6-3/175)||3.0 / 1.3|
|TENTH MAN||– (-/-)||– / –|
1. Stats. EWU hasn’t been good offensively, largely for a few reasons. They are a high turnover team, 233rd int he nation, don’t rebound the ball on the offensive end and good for 278th in the nation, and 3-point shooting ranked 298th in the nation. Not surprisingly, they are good shooting inside the arc, 107th in the nation overall and don’t have their shots blocked really all that often. Defensively, the Eagles are 16th in the nation in limiting offensive boards, but that’s the biggest statistic. They are 270th in defending the 3-point line, and decent in free throw rate, 143rd and turning teams over, 166th in the nation.
2. Scouting. Coward is maybe the best player, but not playing as much as others. By far the best shooter on the team, although Davis is right there too as well as Price. And Coward is a high end rebounder on both ends, doesn’t turn the ball over, and is great on steals and getting to the line. Price is maybe the best 3-point shooter, so Texas Tech will have to guard him outside and to be honest, the entire lineup will shoot from deep. Allegri and Venters are the highest volume shooters, but shoot 26% and 31% respectively.
3. How They Match Up. This is a big team they’ve beaten a Power 5 team in Cal by 2 on the road, 50-48. When they do win, they are turning teams over and limiting teams shooting free throws. For Texas Tech, I think everything is going pretty well except for a few things. the turnover percentage is something to continue to be concerned about and are also not doing great in terms shots blocked, 272nd. On defense, the biggest issue is that teams are making their free throws and that’s probably kept teams closer than normal, 273rd in the nation.
4. lagniappe | something given as a bonus or extra gift.
Adams said that Daniel Batcho may not play tonight as he is dealing with an ankle issue, a 50/50 chance of playing. Jaylon Tyson is likely to play. It Batcho doesn’t play, it is going to be very difficult to match-up with the Eagles, they are huge across the board, the team just isn’t very big without Batcho. Fardaws Aimiq is also apparently out of his boot, so that’s great news. That’s a big step and most likely they don’t let him out of that boot without being sure the break is fully healed. Now it is about strengthening the muscles in the leg that have maybe atrophied.
Texas Tech with a spotlight on Richard “Pop Pop” Isaacs, including how he got his name and how he recovered from his offseason surgery, which sounded a lot more grueling than what you might think.
I think I’m supposed to write about Chris Beard. News of his situation broke after I had left to go to work and a friend texted me. Everything about being abusive to another person is terrible because there are multiple victims. That’s a full stop. I don’t wish bad things on anyone, it is never appropriate. This is one of those rare situations where I get to mention it here, but I don’t really have to write about it in the sense that I have to make sense about it and dig into the details and I’m glad for that.
5. Official Site. The official site has their preview right here:
Texas Tech will look to extend a 26-game home winning streak this week when it hosts Eastern Washington at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in a non-conference matchup at the United Supermarkets Arena before playing Jackson State at the Coaches vs. Racism HBCU Roundball Classic on Saturday in Houston. Along with the games, Red Raider Basketball with Mark Adams will have its second edition at 6 p.m. on Monday at Rudy’s BBQ to preview the week.
The Red Raiders (6-2) are coming off a 78-71 win over Nicholls last Wednesday with Pop Isaacs hitting five 3-pointers and finishing with a career-high 24 points while leading scorer Kevin Obanor had a season-high 20 points. EWU (4-6) took a 77-76 loss against South Dakota State on Saturday night in Brookings, South Dakota following a 50-48 win over Cal last week in Berkley. Ethan Price led the Eagles with 16 points in the defeat in South Dakota in a game where all five of their starters scored in double figures.
Tech will return to competition this weekend by traveling to Houston to play against Jackson State in the HBCU Roundball Classic. The game is set for 3 p.m. on Saturday at the Delmar Fieldhouse and will be available through a stream on HBCUGO.tv.