Oklahoma at Texas Tech
Tip: 8:00 PM (Central)
Location: United Supermarkets Arena (Lubbock, TX)
No Safe Place In The Big 12
For the second time in a week the Sooners are on the road to face a Top 10 opponent in conference play. At 13-1 on the season and 2-0 in conference play the Texas Tech Red Raiders are the #8 team in the nation. The Sooners are 3-1 in true road games this season with the lone loss coming at Kansas last week.
Both Oklahoma and Texas Tech are in the Top 10 in opponent field goal percentage this season. The Red Raiders are the nation’s top team in the category, holding opponents to just 33.4% from the floor. Meanwhile, the Sooners are ranked ninth with opponents connecting on just 37.5% of their shots.
Oklahoma is also the top defensive rebounding team in the nation, grabbing an average of 32.7 defensive boards per game.
Attempting To Snap The Streak
Oklahoma hasn’t won in Lubbock since 2015. The Sooners are 0-3 in their last three road trips to West Texas. Owing a 39-24 overall advantage in the series, it’s worth noting that the home team has won each of the last six meetings between the two schools.
Senior guard Christian James ranks fourth in the Big 12 in scoring with an average of 17.1 points per game. Recording six double-doubles in the last seven games, James has the second most games in the conference with at least ten points and ten rebounds.
Sophomore forward Brady Manek has been on a hot streak of late. Scoring 15 points or more in four of Oklahoma’s last five games, Manek is also sixth in the Big 12 in rebounding with 7.6 boards per game.
Kristan Doolittle has scored in double figures in four consecutive games now which is the longest streak of his career. The junior forward from Edmond, OK is now averaging 8.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this season.
The Sooners are scoring an average of 75.4 points per game. Opponents are averaging 66.2 points per game against Oklahoma.
Scouting The Red Raiders
Sophomore guard Jarrett Culver leads Texas Tech in scoring with an average of 18.7 points per game. His average of 5.7 rebounds per game are also a team high.
Senior guard Matt Mooney is the Red Raiders’ only other player averaging double figures in scoring. On the season he’s posting 10.9 points and 4 rebounds per game.
Texas Tech scores an average of 73.5 points per game while allowing opponents an average of just 53.1 points per game. The Red Raiders are second in the nation in points allowed per game this season.