Texas Tech to Take on Sam Houston State

After defeating the St. Francis Red Flash on Saturday, the Red Raiders prepares to face Sam Houston State Monday evening. RaiderPower basketball analyst Bill Hipple takes an inside look at the Bearkats and how the Red Raiders plan to avenge last year's disappointing loss.

With one win under their belt, the Red Raiders look to improve to 2-0 on the season after hosting the Sam Houston State Bearkats at the United Spirit Arena on Monday night.

The Texas Tech Red Raiders (1-0) welcome the Sam Houston State Bearkats (1-0) on Monday night to the United Spirit Arena at 7:00pm central.  The game will be broadcast on the Texas Tech Television Network with John Harris and Dave Shore calling the play-by-play.


Sam Houston State Bearkats

2007-2008 Record
– Overall (23-8), Conference (16-6)
2007-2008 Postseason – None
Head Coach – Bob Marlin (11th season)

This marks the 9th meeting between the two teams.  The series record is 6-2 in favor of the Red Raiders.  Of all the games played at Texas Tech, the Red Raiders are 5-1.  Of the games at Sam Houston State, Tech is 1-1.

Top Returnees

Name

Pos.

Height

Weight

Yr

Ppg

Rpg

DeLuis Ramirez

G

6-4

205

Sr

9.2

4.6

Ashton Mitchell

G

5-11

175

Jr

7.2

2.3

Domas Kvedys

C

6-10

235

Sr

3.2

2.5

Barkley Falkner

C

6-8

231

Sr

2.7

2.1

Josten Crow

G

6-4

204

So

1.6

1.2

 
The Bearkats were a very competitive team last season, finishing 3rd place in the Southland Conference.  A key Bearkat victory last year occurred against the Red Raiders, in which they won a close back-and-forth game, 56-54.  Tech was out-rebounded in the contest by a disappointing 42-29 margin.

On Friday night, the Bearkats opened up their season by dismantling Schreiner College 100-42 at home in Huntsville.  Sam Houston State shot 48.7% from the field and was 12 for 30 from behind the arc (40%).  Corey Allmond, a freshman guard, tied a school record for hitting the most 3-pointers in a game, with eight.

Keys to the Game

1)     Strong Rebounding:  The Red Raiders did a decent job of rebounding on Friday night, with 39 rebounds over St. Francis' 32.  As we saw last year against Sam Houston State, rebounding was an essential part of the game that led Sam Houston State to their big win over Tech.  The Red Raiders must step up in rebounding, especially since the Bearkats have quite a few big, physical players ready to crash the boards.

2)     Limit Turnovers: The Red Raiders had 15 turnovers compared to St. Francis' 23.  As mentioned before, Coach Pat Knight has tried to implement a run-and-gun type offense and at times against St. Francis, it really did look like the Red Raiders were operating on a 10-second shot clock.  Remaining efficient and valuing each possession will be key.

3)     Maintaining Good Team Chemistry:  Tech looked like they were having fun in the season opener and all players logged minutes on the floor.  Twelve of 14 Red Raiders put points up on the board and John Roberson continued to be an assist machine.  With the newcomers and returners meshing together well, look for more of the same on Monday night.

4)     Defending the Three:  Sam Houston State will attempt many 3-pointers; there is no doubt about that.  Having good defense against the three will limit opponents' ability to maintain leads and to get back into games quickly.  St. Francis started out the game against Texas Tech with a 6-0 lead, sinking two 3-pointers in a 45 second span.  The Red Raiders responded with better defense behind the arc.  St. Francis would only hit five more 3-pointers in the game and finished 7 of 21 (33%).

Guns up!


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