Texas Tech @ Texas: Keys to the Game

The Red Raiders are back on track. After a thrilling victory over the #6 Texas A&M Aggies in College Station last Tuesday, Texas Tech came back to Lubbock and completely dismantled Colorado to the tune of 95-74. The Red Raider show hits the road again to face another in-state foe in the Texas Longhorns. RaiderPower.com breaks down the keys to the game of this important matchup.

1.)  Take it to the rack – The Red Raider guards have a size advantage over the Longhorns and they need to make sure they use it to their advantage.  Texas Tech's starting 3 guards are 6'1" Charlie Burgess, 6'2" Jarrius Jackson, and 6'5" Martin ZenoTexas' guards on the other hand are 5'11 AJ Abrams, 5'11" D.J. Augustin, and 6'2" Justin Mason.

The Red Raiders excel from the foul line, having their guards driving to the basket will send them to the free throw line often.

2.)  The 3rd Man – It is a given that Jackson and Zeno will be the main offensive threats in the game for Texas Tech.  With Texas' defense mainly focused on these two stars, it opens up the door for another player to have a big game.

Against Colorado it was Charlie Burgess and against Texas A&M it was Decensae White.  Who will it be against the Longhorns?  Who knows, but it needs to be someone if the Red Raiders want to walk out of the Erwin Center with a W.

3.)  Shutdown the supporting cast – It's no secret that Kevin Durant will be the most lethal weapon on the court.  He is nearly impossible to stop, so the main focus will be to slow down his supporting cast.  Kevin Durant is going to get his points, so slowing down Augustin and Abrams is a necessity for the Red Raiders.

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