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Basketball Preview | The Things You’ll Want To Know About Texas Tech At Oklahoma

M. Hofeld

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Texas Tech at Oklahoma

Tip: 3:00 PM (Central)

Location: Llyod Noble Center (Norman, OK)

TV: ESPNU

Sliding Into Each Other

This afternoon’s game is going to be a welcomed relief for someone. Oklahoma has lost three in a row leading up to their second match with Texas Tech this season. Meanwhile, the Red Raiders have lost three consecutive road games, while being outscored by an average of 13.3 points in those games.

Series History

Oklahoma owns a 39-25 lead in the all-time series and has won eight of the last 13 meetings. The Sooners are 24-7 all time against the Raiders in Norman and have won the last four home meetings against Tech.

The Sooners are 9-6 against Tech in the Lon Kruger era. Texas Tech head coach Chris Beard is 3-2 against the Sooners while coaching the Raiders.

Second Time Around

This is just the second time Oklahoma has played against a conference opponent twice. The Sooners are looking to avenge their 66-59 loss in Lubbock last month.

Home Court Advantage

The home team has won each of the past seven meetings in this series.

Making It Rain

In the last two games (against West Virginia and Iowa State) Oklahoma’s Brady Manek has connected on eight of thirteen shots from three-point range. In those two games he produced 34 points and shot .684 from the field and .615 from behind the arc.

Crash The Boards

The Sooners are 12-1 when outrebounding their opponents. In its 15 wins, Oklahoma is winning the rebounding margin by an average of 5.3 boards.

Oklahoma is 12th in the nation in defensive rebounding with 29.4 defensive boards per game. OU’s 39.4 total rebounds per game rank 32nd in the country and second in the Big 12.

OU has three players ranked in the top 10 in rebounding in the Big 12: Christian James (sixth, 7.0), Kristian Doolittle (seventh, 6.7) and Brady Manek (10th, 6.3).

TCU is the only other school with multiple players (two) ranked in the top 10.

Team Leaders

James is the Sooners (15-8, 3-7) leading scorer and rebounder. Averaging 15.8 points and 7 boards per game, the senior from Houston, Texas is having the best season of his career.

Manek is Oklahoma’s only other player averaging double figures in scoring. He’s producing 11.6 points per and 6.3 boards per game.

Oklahoma is scoring an average of 72.7 points per game this season with opponents scoring an average of 68 points per game.

Scouting The Red Raiders

Texas Tech (18-5, 6-4) has three players averaging double figures in scoring. The Red Raiders are led in scoring and rebounding by Jarrett Culver who is producing 17.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Guards Matt Mooney and Davide Moretti are averaging 10.6 points each.

On the season Texas Tech is scoring an average of 70.8 points per game while opponents are averaging just 57.4 points per game against them.

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