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Previewing Texas Tech

The way the 2008-`09 season is going you have to wonder how much longer Texas Tech will put up with the Knight family. Obviously with Pat the apple didn't fall far from the tree.

 

Oklahoma began the season with 12 consecutive wins before dropping a disappointing loss at Arkansas. Now they've reeled off 12 more wins and now have a home game against Texas Tech. On first take you would think that breaking the 13 consecutive win barrier this season is going to be a cinch but then again these are the type of games that can go terribly wrong.

Texas Tech is a long way from being a contender in the Big 12 but that doesn't mean they don't have enough talent pull off a road upset. The Red Raiders are 12-12 on the season with a 2-7 mark in conference play. What has to be most alarming to their fans is that they've only gone 2-10 since starting the season out 10-4. Tech is 0-8 on the road this season with a 14-point average margin of loss. They rank 8th in the conference in scoring (70 ppg), 4th in field goal percentage (44%) and 10th in defense allowing 77 points per game.

Texas Tech has three players who score in double figures led by guard John Roberson's 14.6 points. Roberson also dishes out 6.5 assists per game. Alan Voskuil leads the Big 12 in three-point shooting (45%) and scores 14.2 points per game. Mike Singletary leads the team in rebounds per game with a 5.3 per game average and adds another 10 points per contest.

Texas Tech would have no business being in this game being held in Norman. The question on every Oklahoma fan's mind is how this Sooner team will be mentally when they take the floor Saturday afternoon. At some point sleepwalking is going to get this team beat so it's a habit that they will have to break. They were focused on the road at Baylor Wednesday night. Hopefully this is the game where they break the trend of losing focus after jumping in front of a lesser team at home.  

Texas Tech Scores & Schedule

 

 

 

Date

Opponent

Result

 

Fri, Nov 14

St. Francis (PA)

W 81-47

 

Mon, Nov 17

Sam Houston St.

W 87-76

 

Thu, Nov 20

East Central

W 167-115

 

Sat, Nov 22

Eastern Kentucky

W 98-84

 

Tue, Nov 25

SE Louisiana

W 74-63

 

Fri, Nov 28

(4) Pittsburgh

L 67-80

 

Sat, Nov 29

at Mississippi St.

W 77-73

 

Wed, Dec 3

Wichita St.

W 72-69

 

Sat, Dec 13

at Lamar

L 79-85

 

Wed, Dec 17

at UTEP

L 78-96

 

Sat, Dec 20

New Mexico

W 86-78

 

Tue, Dec 23

Centenary

W 67-53

 

Sun, Dec 28

at Stanford

L 66-111

 

Thu, Jan 1

Stephen F. Austin

W 69-55

 

Tue, Jan 6

TCU

L 80-85

 

Sat, Jan 10

at (23) Baylor

L 61-73

 

Sat, Jan 17

(11) Texas

L 49-71

 

Tue, Jan 20

Colorado

W 63-55

 

Sat, Jan 24

at Missouri

L 86-97

 

Wed, Jan 28

at Texas A&M

L 70-79

 

Sat, Jan 31

Nebraska

L 69-82

 

Wed, Feb 4

at Oklahoma St.

L 80-81

 

Sat, Feb 7

Baylor

W 83-76

 

Wed, Feb 11

at Kansas St.

L 73-85