Preview: Texas Tech/ Southeastern Louisiana

After starting the season 4-0, the Red Raiders look to remain unbeaten when they host the Southeastern Louisiana Lions Tuesday night at the United Spirit Arena. RaiderPower basketball analyst breaks down the game to see what Texas Tech must do to put another win in the books.

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The unbeaten Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-0) welcome the Southeastern Louisiana Lions (1-2) on Tuesday night to the United Spirit Arena. Head coach Pat Knight and his squad have pounded their opponents so far this season, winning by double digits in each of their four games.

One of the biggest factors in their success has been the ease with which first year players Nick Okorie and Darko Cohadarevic have transitioned into D-I basketball. Both players have made a seamless transition to the Red Raider squad and are making an instant impact.

Texas Tech is looking more balanced than it has in recent years, with their three starting guards averaging 15 points or more per game. As a team, the Red Raiders are averaging 108.3 points per game so far this season, a number heightened largely because of the amazing 167 points scored against East Central University last week.

Although offensively they have looked legitimate, the Red Raiders have given up 80.5 points per game against their opponents so far this season (again, a number raised by the high scoring all around in the East Central game).  Much of the higher scoring has a lot to do with the pace of the games and the run-and-gun style of offense, but Tech definitely needs to bring the opponent's scoring average down as they head closer to Big 12 play.

Alan Voskuil broke the school record for the number of three-pointers in a game on Saturday against Eastern Kentucky, with 8.  The Red Raiders defeated the Colonels 98-84, and shot 62% from the field and connected on 14 of 22 three-pointers (63.3%).

Mid- and long-range shooting appears to be substantially approved since last season, and there are three legitimate threats from three-point land: Alan Voskuil, John Roberson, and Nick Okorie.  The trio is shooting 53% combined from behind the arc (34 for 64) in the first four games of the season.  Collectively, Texas Tech currently ranks fifth in the nation in three-point shooting, at 48.9%.

Southeastern Louisiana Lions

2007-2008 Record
– Overall (17-13), Southland Conference (9-7)
2007-2008 Postseason – None
Head Coach – Jim Yarbrough (4th season)

This marks the first meeting between the two teams.


Top Returnees and 2007-2008 stats

 

Name

Pos.

Height

Weight

Yr

Ppg

Rpg

Kevyn Green

G/F

6-5

205

Sr

15.4

4.6

Warrell Span

F

6-5

215

Sr

12.2

5.4

Patrick Sullivan

C

6-9

210

Jr

10.0

6.3

Chris Cyprian

G

6-3

185

Jr

5.5

2.4

David Ndoumba

F

6-7

220

So

4.1

4.6


Southeastern Louisiana lost to Lipscomb in their last game on November 20th, 70-58.  Kevyn Green led the Lions in scoring with 26 points.

The Lions are accurate shooters and averaged 47.1% from the floor last year.  Green, the senior leader of the team, is definitely their biggest scoring threat, but Span and Sullivan provide balance to the team and have the ability to put up big numbers as well.

Southeastern Louisiana's big men are definitely the strength of their team and will test the Red Raiders defensively.  Mike Singletary and Trevor Cook must contain Span, Green, and Sullivan if the Red Raiders are going to get through the game unscathed.

Keys to the Game

1) Defending the Three:
  Southeastern Louisiana attempts a little over 18 three-pointers per game.  Playing strong defense against the three will limit opponents' ability to maintain leads and to get back into games quickly.  Eastern Kentucky became red hot from behind the arc in the 2nd half of the last game, chipping away at the Red Raiders' lead.  The Colonels finished 16 of 36 (44.4%) from three-point land.

2) Strong Rebounding:  The Red Raiders rebounded well on Saturday afternoon, with 31 rebounds over Eastern Kentucky's 23.  Look for more physical play as Tech continues to crash the boards.

3) Improve Free-Throw Shooting:  Tech showed some improvement in this category and was 12 of 16 (75%) from the charity stripe against Eastern Kentucky.  On the season, the Red Raiders are averaging 67% from the line.

The game is at 7:00 pm central and will be broadcast on the Texas Tech Television Network with John Harris and Dave Shore calling the play-by-play.

 


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