Preview: Tech Tries to Stay Perfect At Home

Billy Gillispie's Red Raider squad tries to take down Southeastern Louisiana to remain flawless at home.

Billy Gillispie's squad has been up and down during the non-conference schedule, but there has been one thing the Red Raiders have been consistent with – winning at home.

Texas Tech (6-5) looks to remain perfect at home with a win against Southeastern Louisiana tonight inside the United Spirit Arena.

"They're very athletic all the way around," Gillispie said about Southeastern Louisiana. "They can get hot and shoot it, they rebound it well, they run two or three defenses. It's probably the most athletic team we've faced (all season), they play a lot of guys and they have a lot of capability."

The Lions (5-5) are coming off back-to-back losses to SEC members Arkansas and South Carolina, but comes to Lubbock looking for their first win against a member of the Big 12 Conference.

Senior guard Brandon Fortenberry, who is leading the team averaging 17.6 points per game, leads Southeastern Louisiana's offensive charge along with Elgin Bailey (11.3 points per game) and Roosevelt Johnson (10.0 points per game).

Bailey, who has 15 offensive rebounds in just three games played, is definitely one of the best post players that Tech has had to face and the matchup to defend him will most likely fall to the Red Raider's big man freshman Jordan Tolbert.

On defending him Tolbert said he was ready for the completion and it will be a good test for him before conference play gets here.  

Tolbert is not a player either that the Lions can fall asleep on as the newcomer is leading the team averaging 15.8 points per game.

The Fort Worth native is coming off another 20-point performance, scored 27 against CSU-Bakersfield, which tied a career-high, and it marked his fourth consecutive game with 20 or more points.

Lone senior Robert Lewandowski is starting to play like his old self again after scoring a total of 10 points during the Old Spice Classic, has reached double-digits in the last three games including 10 against the Roadrunners on Tuesday night.

This will be the final non-conference game for the Red Raiders before Big 12 Conference play begins on Wednesday on the road against Oklahoma State.

Tonight's game tips off at 8 p.m. inside the United Spirit Arena and can be seen on ESPNU.


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