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Preview & GDT: Northern Colorado vs. Texas Tech

A second set of Bears.

Game Info

Good Guys: Texas Tech Red Raiders (5-0, 0-0)
Bad Guys: Northern Colorado Bears (3-0, 0-0)
When to Watch: Saturday, November 24th @ 4:30 p.m.
Where to Watch: United Supermarkets Arena | Lubbock, Texas
How to Watch: FSSW | FOXSportsGo
How to Listen: 97.3 FM | Affiliates | TuneIn App
The Line: Texas Tech -16.5 (OddsShark)

Advanced Stats

Texas Tech Northern Colorado
KenPom 13 157
KP AdjO 42 144
KP AdjD 3 175
T-Rank 16 149
T-Rank O 64 159
T-Rank D 3 157
Haslemetric N/A N/A

Lineups

TEXAS TECH
THE STARTERS Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Davide Moretti (6-3/175) 11.8 / 3.0*
SHOOTING GUARD Matt Mooney (6-3/200) 11.8 / 4.4*
SMALL FORWARD Jarrett Culver (6-5/195) 18.6 / 4.0*
POWER FORWARD Tariq Owens (6-10/205) 8.0 / 4.6
CENTER Norense Odiase (6-9/245) 4.6 / 6.4
THE BENCH Pts / Reb
SIXTH MAN Kyler Edwards (6-3/200) 4.8 / 2.2
SEVENTH MAN Brandone Francis (6-5/215) 5.0 / 3.2
EIGHTH MAN Deshawn Corprew (6-5/210) 6.0 / 4.2
NINTH MAN Malik Ondigo (6-10/215) 2.8 / 2.4
TENTH MAN Josh Mballa (6-7/215) 0.5 / 0.8
ELEVENTH MAN Khavon Moore (6-7/215)
NORTHERN COLORADO
THE STARTERS Pts / Reb
POINT GUARD Jordan Davis (6-2/185) 23.0 / 5.3*
SHOOTING GUARD Jonah Radebaugh (6-3/185) 13.7 / 2.3*
SMALL FORWARD Jalen Sanders (6-5/190) 10.0 / 5.0
POWER FORWARD Bodie Hume (6-6/190) 9.7 / 5.0
CENTER Kai Edwards (6-9/225) 4.0 / 5.0
THE BENCH Pts / Reb
SIXTH MAN Sam Masten (6-2/175) 11.7 / 2.3
SEVENTH MAN Trent Harris (6-1/160) 17.7 / 1.7
EIGHTH MAN Cole Bergan (6-7/220) 6.3 / 6.3
NINTH MAN Johnathan Reyes (5-11/175) 3.0 / 1.0
TENTH MAN Matej Drgon (6-9/230) 5.0 / 3.3

* Assists.

Starting 5

1. Stats. Texas Tech made a pretty nice jump in the KenPom rankings. Both KenPom and T-Rank think that Texas Tech has an elite defense and holding USC and Nebraska to below their season averages will certainly help. Texas Tech seems to be very cohesive on defense and they seem to get concepts that maybe other teams aren’t grasping until after the break. Northern Colorado is sorta the same on offense and defense, top half of the country, but not great by any metric.

2. Scouting. Radenbaugh, Harris and Davis are the teams’ best players with Harris doing his damage off the bench. Davis has a high usage rate and has the ball in his hands quite a bit, while Radenbaugh and Harris are just trying to score. All three players shoot very well from the three-point line, 55% for Davis, 71% for Harris and 50% for Radenbaugh. And even Masten off the bench shoots very well, 56% from beyond the three-point line. And watch out for Hume, he doesn’t shoot as well but he likes to throw up the three-point shot. Northern Colorado should definitely limit that and let those other guys fill it up, but that doesn’t appear to be what’s happening.

3. How They Match Up. A very guard-heavy team with the Bears and so we’ll probably see a similar lineup to what we saw against USC and Nebraska, a lot of Owens in the middle and lots of guards. Unless of course Beard wants to go heavy in the middle and since it is so early in the season, I’d be fine with seeing what continues to work and what doesn’t.

4. Reading Material. A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. previews the game:

The Red Raiders will look to do both when they host a potent Northern Colorado at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the second part of a doubleheader inside United Supermarkets Arena.

“It’s a game that we scheduled on purpose, knowing that this is a great opponent,” Bead said of the Bears, who won the CollegeInsiders.com Tournament and enjoyed a 26-12 campaign last season. “Think it will be an RPI game for us later. … We’re on edge around here because we think this is a team that can come in here and beat us if we’re not at our best.”

Texas Tech, winners of its last 41 non-conference home games, will face off against an offensive-minded Bears squad averaging 101.3 points per contest.

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

“This is possibly the best team that will come here in our non-conference schedule,” Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. “This is a game that we scheduled on purpose knowing that it is a great opponent. I think it will be an RPI game later. It’s a team that won 26 games last season and a postseason tournament and have picked up right where they left off last year. We are going to have to play well. Our guys understand this. We are on edge right now because we know that this is a team that can beat us if we are not at our best.”

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