Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (16-12, 5-10)
Bad Guys: TCU Horned Frogs (18-10, 7-8)
When to Watch: Saturday, February 25th @ 11:00 am
Where to Watch: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, TX
How to Watch: ESPN2 | WatchESPN
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: Texas Tech -2.5
|THE STARTERS||Pts / Reb|
|POINT GUARD||De’Vion Harmon (6-2/205)||13.5 / 3.5*|
|SHOOTING GUARD||Richard Isaacs (6-2/170)||11.7 / 2.6*|
|SMALL FORWARD||Jaylon Tyson (6-6/210)||11.1 / 6.0|
|POWER FORWARD||Kevin Obanor (6-8/235)||14.7 / 6.4|
|CENTER||Fardaws Aimaq (6-11/245)||11.0 / 7.3|
|THE BENCH||Pts / Reb|
|SIXTH MAN||Kerwin Walton (6-5/200)||3.8 / 0.9|
|SEVENTH MAN||Lamar Washington (6-4/205)||3.4 / 1.9*|
|EIGHTH MAN||Elijah Fisher (6-6/190)||3.1 / 2.1|
|NINTH MAN||Robert Jennings (6-7/225)||3.0 / 2.1|
|TENTH MAN||D’Maurian Williams (6-3/200)||3.1 / 1.3|
|ELEVENTH MAN||KJ Allen (6-6/255)||2.6 / 2.2|
|TWELFTH MAN||Daniel Batcho (6-11/235)||8.1 / 6.0|
|THIRTEENTH MAN||CJ Williams (6-1/155)||1.2 / 0.5|
|THE STARTERS||Pts / Reb|
|POINT GUARD||Mike Miles, Jr. (6-2/195)||17.7 / 2.9*|
|SHOOTING GUARD||Damion Baugh (6-4/194)||12.9 / 5.8*|
|SMALL FORWARD||Micah Peavy, Jr. (6-7/215)||7.9 / 3.3|
|POWER FORWARD||Emanuel Miller (6-7/215)||12.6 / 6.2|
|CENTER||Eddie Lampkin, Jr. (6-11/263)||6.4 / 6.0|
|THE BENCH||Pts / Reb|
|SIXTH MAN||JaKobe Coles (6-7/216)||8.5 / 4.0|
|SEVENTH MAN||Shahada Wells (6-0/183)||6.5 / 2.4|
|EIGHTH MAN||Xavier Cork (6-9/230)||4.7 / 2.5|
|NINTH MAN||Chuck O’Bannon, Jr. (6-6/215)||7.1 / 3.3|
|TENTH MAN||Rondel Walker (6-5/180)||2.1 / 1.7|
1. Stats. TCU is a different team without Miles and he appears to be back. TCU would be a great offensive team IF they could shoot from beyond the 3-point line. They are 66th in offensive rebounding, 76th in free throw rate, 88th in turnover rate, etc. In fact, they are 55th in 2-point percentage and this is where it gets tricky, they are 352nd in 3-point shooting. That’s what’s holding them back. On defense, they are elite, 55th in eFG%, 23rd in turnover percentage for opponents, with the one item that’s a bit down is 277th allowing opponents to grab offensive boards.
2. Scouting. Miles is very good and Baugh is also really good, but he just doesn’t shoot that well. Miles has a high usage rate, gets to the line and is offensively very efficient. Baugh is an elite passer, but is only making 29% of far 2-point shots and 29% of 3-point shots. He probably falls in love with shooting outside too much. Lampkin and Miller are terrific rebounders and Coles does as as well, but is probably a better all-around player, but isn’t getting the minutes.
3. How They Match Up. Texas Tech is favored by 1 point, so basically a toss-up game. The turnover issue for Texas Tech, sitting 297th in turnover percentage while TCU is great at turning teams over. TCU is 277th in defensive rebounding so that might be a place to exploit. The emergence of Tyson for Texas Tech as a consistent threat to score is an absolute joy to watch. He does so many things well, rebounding and has a relatively high steal rate. Tyson is shooting 54% for his 2-point shots and 41% from deep. That’s a threat.
4. lagniappe | something given as a bonus or extra gift.
— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) February 25, 2023
5. Official Site. The official site has their preview right here:
A surging Texas Tech basketball team returns home from sweeping a two-game road trip to host No. 24 TCU at 11 a.m. on Saturday at a sold-out United Supermarkets Arena.
The Red Raiders (16-12, 5-10 Big 12) are on a four-game winning streak that continued with a 74-63 win at Oklahoma on Tuesday, while the Horned Frogs (18-10, 7-8 Big 12) are coming off a 63-58 loss at No. 3 Kansas on Monday in Fort Worth. Tech has won 6 of its last eight games, including three straight home wins over ranked opponents. Left for dead after an eight-game losing streak, Texas Tech is currently at No. 49 in the NCAA Net Rankings with a 5-10 record in Quad 1 games with three regular season contests remaining. TCU is at No. 22 with a 5-9 record in Quad 1 games.
“TCU has all the pieces for a great team,” Texas Tech coach Mark Adams said. “They’ve struggled as of late is because their best player (Mike Miles) has been hurt. Now that he’s back, they’re a team that could make a long run into the NCAA Tournament. They have a lot of experience and a very good coach. They do everything well, especially pushing the ball extremely well. They are a team atop the Big 12 in attacking the basket and initiating. They hurt us last time in their fastbreak and how fast they can get from one end of the floor to the other. They have size, athleticism, and are a very good defensive team. We’ll have to play one of our best games to compete with them.”