Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (16-13, 5-11)
Bad Guys: Kansas Jayhawks (24-5, 12-4)
When to Watch: Tuesday, February 28th @ 8:00 pm
Where to Watch: Allen Fieldhouse | Lawrence, KS
How to Watch: ESPN | WatchESPN
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: Kansas -9
|THE STARTERS||Pts / Reb|
|POINT GUARD||De’Vion Harmon (6-2/205)||13.7 / 3.6*|
|SHOOTING GUARD||Richard Isaacs (6-2/170)||11.5 / 2.7*|
|SMALL FORWARD||Jaylon Tyson (6-6/210)||11.1 / 6.0|
|POWER FORWARD||Kevin Obanor (6-8/235)||14.8 / 6.5|
|CENTER||Fardaws Aimaq (6-11/245)||12.0 / 7.1|
|THE BENCH||Pts / Reb|
|SIXTH MAN||Elijah Fisher (6-6/190)||3.3 / 2.1|
|SEVENTH MAN||Lamar Washington (6-4/205)||3.3 / 1.8*|
|EIGHTH MAN||Kerwin Walton (6-5/200)||3.6 / 0.9|
|NINTH MAN||Robert Jennings (6-7/225)||2.9 / 2.1|
|TENTH MAN||D’Maurian Williams (6-3/200)||3.1 / 1.3|
|ELEVENTH MAN||KJ Allen (6-6/255)||2.5 / 2.1|
|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||Dajuan Harris, Jr. (6-1/175)||8.4 / 6.3*|
|SHOOTING GUARD||Kevin McCullar (6-6/210)||11.1 / 7.3*|
|SMALL FORWARD||Gradey Dick (6-8/205)||14.9 / 5.0|
|POWER FORWARD||Jalen Wilson (6-8/225)||19.6 / 8.4|
|CENTER||K.J. Adams, Jr. (6-7/225)||10.7 / 4.4|
|THE BENCH||Pts / Reb|
|SIXTH MAN||Joseph Yesufu (6-0/180)||3.7 / 1.1|
|SEVENTH MAN||Bobby Pettiford, Jr. (6-1/190)||2.7 / 1.3|
|EIGHTH MAN||Ernest Udeh, Jr. (6-11/250)||2.7 / 1.9|
|NINTH MAN||MJ Rice (6-5/215)||2.4 / 1.0|
|TENTH MAN||– (-/-)||– / –|
1. Stats. Some things never change and with a couple of games left, Kansas is a-top the Big 12. Kansas is a top 25 offense, but don’t necessarily do anything great, just pretty good. The Jayhawks are 66th in eFG%, 126th in turnover percentage, 140th in offensive rebounding, and 234th in free throw rate. Maybe the best thing that they do is shoot 2-point shots, 74th in 2-point shooting. Defensively, there are numbers that stick out, holding opponents to 35th in the nation in eFG% and 60th in forcing turnovers.
2. Scouting. Wilson is in the running for POTY, although I mentioned the last time these two teams played that he’s not a particularly great shooter, 46% in 2-point shooting and 34% in 3-point shooting. He is a a guy that doesn’t turn the ball over, so he gets everything out of each possession, and is a good defensive rebounder. Plain and simple, KU just feeds him the ball. Dick is without a doubt a good shooter, making 42% of his 3’s, also doesn’t turn the ball over, and is an effective defender. Adams does a lot of dirty work, he’s the guy to key on grabbing offensive rebounds and if he’s got the ball inside, he’s dunking. Harris is the point guard, has a very low usage rate (which is rare) and high assist and turnover player, but is surprisingly the best shooter, making 42% of his 3’s (he’s slightly better than Dick). Much like he did here, McCullar does a lot of things well, but one of those things is not shooting the ball well, he’s fine shooting inside the arc, 52%, but from outside, he’s making 29% of his shots.
3. How They Match Up. T-Rank has Kansas as a 9.2 point favorite and with the line settling at Kansas -9, that’s not a surprise given this will be senior night for the Jayhawks. Kansas will likely feast on Texas Tech’s turnovers at some point, this seems to be a regular occurrence. I think if you were to get rid of the costly turnovers, Texas Tech would be a much better team in pretty much all facets (fewer possessions to defend and a more efficient offense).
4. lagniappe | something given as a bonus or extra gift.
We’re still fighting. We always will.
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— Texas Tech Basketball (@TexasTechMBB) February 28, 2023
5. Official Site. The official site has their preview right here:
The final two games of the men’s basketball regular season takes Texas Tech to play against No. 3 Kansas at 8 p.m. on Tuesday in Allen Fieldhouse before hosting Oklahoma State at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the United Supermarkets Arena.
The Red Raiders (16-13, 5-11 Big 12) had a four-game winning streak end with an 83-82 loss to No. 24 TCU last Saturday, while the Jayhawks (24-5, 12-4 Big 12) extended their winning streak to six with a 76-74 win at home over West Virginia. KU won the first matchup against Tech in a 75-72 decision in Lubbock back on January 3 and has not lost inside Allen Fieldhouse since falling 80-63 to TCU back on January 21. Tech has won two straight Big 12 road games with wins at West Virginia and Oklahoma.
Texas Tech is currently at No. 54 in the NCAA NET Rankings with a 5-11 record in Quad 1 games going into the final week of the regular season. KU is currently sixth and OSU is No. 46. The Red Raiders are now 3-9 against AP Top 25 teams going into the matchup against the Jayhawks with a top-10 win over Texas when the Longhorns were at No. 6 in the national ranking two weeks ago.