Texas Tech (5-2) vs. UT-San Antonio (1-5)
When: Friday, 7 p.m. CT
Where: Lubbock, Texas, United Spirit Arena
TV: Fox College Sports Pacific, Suddenlink (511), AT&T U-Verse (649), DirecTV (626)
Radio: Texas Tech Sports Network from Learfield Sports
The Matchup: There's no really nice way of saying it: the UTSA Roadrunners are in a world of hurt right now. Not only is UTSA 1-5, but a few of the losses look downright ugly. UTSA has home losses to UT-Pan American (by 15) and McMurry, and most recently, a six-point road loss to Nicholls State. UTSA has also lost to Northern Arizona and Houston, two teams Texas Tech defeated decisively.
Key problems for UTSA right now are defense and turnovers. Opponents are shooting 50 percent from the floor and 44 percent from three-point territory. And it is probable that turnovers have led to easy transition buckets given that every player but one (center Lucas O'Brien who has played in one game) on the UTSA roster has more turnovers than assists.
Guard Keon Lewis leads the Roadrunners in scoring with 16 points per contest; six-foot-seven Bahamian Edrico McGregor leads the team in rebounds pulling down 6.5 a game.
Texas Tech is off to a solid start and has been competitive in every game they've played except for a 23-point loss to a superb Pittsburgh team. The Red Raiders shoot 49 percent from the floor and are holding their opponents to 41 percent shooting. Tech also outrebounds the opposition by four per game.
Senior forward Jaye Crockett, who shoots 66 percent from the field, leads Tech both in scoring and rebounding with 14 and seven. Jordan Tolbert's numbers are almost identical, although he has been a bit foul-prone. Point guard Robert Turner, in addition to having a 2/1 assist-to-turnover ratio, can score. He averages 12 points per outing.
Tech Player to Watch: Three players, Dusty Hannahs, Jamal Williams and Toddrick Gotcher see minutes at the two guard, but it was Gotcher who played particularly well in Tech's recent victory over Houston. He averages six points and three boards per game, does a good job of distributing and valuing the ball, and plays good on-the-ball defense.
UTSA Player to Watch: 6-foot-2 guard Keon Lewis is probably the Roadrunner to watch at this moment. In addition to his 16 points per night, he chips in a couple of boards per game, shoots a good 47 percent from the field, and hits 86 percent from the free throw line.
Notable: UTSA's most notable basketball alumnus is Derrick Gervin. The younger brother of NBA Hall of Famer George Gervin was a huge scorer for the Roadrunners and played a couple of years for the New Jersey Nets.
Quotable: "The Big 12 is a long ways away. We have a lot of games between now and the Big 12. There are some things that we learned and have to clean up. We need to execute the basic fundamentals. We were doing too much and we tried to simplify things for our players. We just gave them two or three offenses to run and I thought we executed them pretty well. I think we need to tweak some things we have in our arsenal and go from there. The Big 12 is pretty good and we have a long way to go to compete with some of the upper echelon teams in the Big 12"—Tubby Smith.
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