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PREVIEW: Tech, Lamar set for Saturday showdown

PREVIEW: Tech, Lamar set for Saturday showdown
LUBBOCK, Texas – A post-Thanksgiving basketball matchup between Texas Tech and Lamar is set for 3 p.m. on Saturday on the United Supermarkets Arena earlier than the Red Raiders spend the subsequent two weeks on the street with a pair of video games in opposition to Providence College and No. 15 Tennessee.

The Red Raiders (5-0) are coming off a 96-40 win over Omaha on Tuesday evening, whereas Lamar (1-5) misplaced 79-73 at UTSA on Wednesday afternoon in San Antonio. Tech’s 56-point win was the fifth largest margin of victory in program historical past and takes the workforce’s scoring margin of victory to 30.8 via 5 video games which leads the Big 12 and is sixth nationally. TTU is presently 4-0 at dwelling this season and on a 10-game profitable streak at dwelling in opposition to non-conference opponents.

Terrence Shannon, Jr. led the Red Raiders with 18 factors with three 3-pointers within the win over Omaha, whereas Davion Warren went for 14 and Adonis Arms added 10 in a recreation the place all 12 gamers who had been suited up scored. Tech completed the sport capturing 58.7 p.c from the sector and held UNO to solely 26.6 p.c. Daniel Batcho led the Red Raiders with 10 rebounds and 6 assists in 16 minutes of motion and Mylik Wilson had 4 assists, three steals and no turnovers to take his season whole to 21 assists and solely two turnovers via 5 video games.

The 5-0 begin is the thirteenth time in 97 seasons that the Red Raiders have opened a marketing campaign with 5 straight wins and head coach Mark Adams is the primary coach in program historical past to start his tenure with 5 straight victories. Tech’s longest profitable streak to start out a season is 12-0 which got here again within the 1929-30 season and most just lately a 10-0 begin within the 2018-19 season earlier than a loss to Duke in a yr that ended on the ultimate evening of the school basketball season on the Final Four.

The Red Raiders come into the matchup in opposition to Lamar having gained 10 straight non-conference dwelling video games and are 64-1 in these video games since a win over Saint Mary’s on Dec. 30, 2013 which started a 54-game streak that ended with a 76-74 extra time loss to No. 15 Kentucky on Jan. 25, 2020. Tech is 3-1 all-time within the sequence in opposition to Lamar with Nick Okorie going off for 19 factors and D’walyn Roberts recording 15 factors and 9 rebounds to steer the Red Raiders to a 77-54 win over Lamar on Nov. 21, 2009 within the final matchup between the 2 packages.

Tech out-rebounded Omaha by a 45-26 margin within the win on Tuesday and is presently main the nation with 17.6 offensive rebounds per recreation and is second nationally with a 17.4 rebounding margin via its 5 video games. The Red Raiders are averaging 42.2 rebounds per recreation whereas opponents are at 24.8. Last season, Tech averaged 34.9 rebounds per recreation.

The 56-point win was the biggest since a 62-point win over South Carolina State on Dec. 17, 2014 and behind margins of 64 (UNC-Ashville – 2004), 65 (Houston Baptist – 1992) and the all-time margin of 72 in opposition to Nicholls State in a 107-35 in on Dec. 7, 2002. Tech’s final 50-plus margin got here within the 2018-19 season opener with an 87-37 win over Incarnate Word.

The recreation shall be streamed on ESPN+ and carried on the Texas Tech Sports Network. Chris Sylvester and Chris Level may have the tv name, whereas Geoff Haxton and Clark Lammert are on the radio facet of the protection. Fans can observe the workforce via social media @TexasTechMBB.

UP NEXT: Texas Tech will play its first true street recreation of the season in opposition to Providence College on Wednesday, Dec. 1 within the Big 12-BIG EAST Battle in Rhode Island. Tech is 0-1 in opposition to Providence College with the one different matchup coming in Hawaii in 1977. The Red Raiders will then play No. 15 Tennessee on the Jimmy V Classic on Tuesday, Dec. 7 in New York earlier than coming again dwelling to host Arkansas State on Dec. 14 on the USA.

RANKINGS: Texas Tech is receiving votes within the Associated Press and USA TODAY Coaches Poll, however stays unranked this season after spending your entire 2020-21 season within the rankings for the primary time in program historical past. TTU was as excessive as No. 7 final season and completed the yr at No. 21. While not within the polls, the Red Raiders are presently No. 13 within the Kenpom.com rating and No. 8 within the web site’s adjusted defensive effectivity rating. Over the previous 4 years Tech has ranked within the KENPOM.COM: Adjusted defensive effectivity… No. 17 (2021), No. 9 (2020), No. 1 (2019).

STAT RANKINGS: It’s early and video games performed/opponents fluctuate all through the NCAA, however let’s have some enjoyable with nationwide stat rankings. With a 5-0 file, TTU is tied for the nation’s finest won-lost proportion together with 36 different groups. Tech leads the nation with 17.6 offensive rebounds per recreation and is second with a 17.4 rebounding benefit. Offensively, Tech leads the Big 12 and is thirteenth nationally by scoring 88.2 factors per recreation. Mylik Wilson leads the nation with a ten.5 assist-to-turnover ratio with 21 assists and solely two turnovers, whereas Bryson Williams is twenty first nationally with a 65.9 capturing proportion and Marcus Santos-Silva is second within the Big 12 with 3.2 offensive rebounds per recreation.

RED RAIDER REPORT: Shannon returned to the lineup final weekend and is averaging 17.0 factors and three.0 assists per recreation after his 18-point efficiency in opposition to Omaha. A junior from Chicago, Shannon is in his third season with the Red Raiders and returned after going via the NBA Draft course of however electing to play his junior season at Tech. He has scored 678 factors via 59 profession video games and got here into this season on the watch lists for the Wooden, Naismith and West awards. Shannon was additionally named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team after incomes All-Big 12 Third Team honors final season. After going for 16 in opposition to UIW after which 18 in opposition to Omaha, he is now scored in double figures in 38 video games in his profession and has led Tech in scoring 10 video games.

Williams is averaging 14.2 factors and 6.6 rebounds per recreation in his first season at Tech. A brilliant senior from Fresno, California, Williams performed two seasons at Fresno State after which two at UTEP earlier than transferring to Tech this summer season. He scored a season-high 22 factors within the opener in opposition to North Florida and had 9 rebounds within the wins over Grambling and Omaha. Williams has performed in 126 collegiate video games and has 1,698 factors, 778 rebounds and 85 blocks on his resume. He’s scored in double figures in 83 video games coming into the matchup in opposition to Lamar.

Wilson had 4 assists and no turnovers within the win over Omaha to take his assist-to-turnover ratio to 10.5 which leads the nation. A junior who’s in his first season at Tech after enjoying two years at Louisiana, Wilson has 21 assists, 11 steals and solely two turnovers via 5 video games. He additionally scored a season-high eight factors within the win over Omaha and has now scored 693 factors and has 189 assists via 60 video games in his collegiate profession. Wilson has began 4 of 5 video games for the Red Raiders and is averaging 4.8 factors, 4.2 assists and a pair of.2 steals per recreation.

Warren has scored in double-figures in 4 of 5 video games after going for 14 factors within the win over Omaha and is now averaging 14.2 factors per recreation this season. A brilliant senior from Buffalo, New York, Warren averaged 21.2 factors per recreation as a senior at Hampton final season which was the thirteenth finest within the nation. He is coming off a recreation in opposition to UNO the place he was 4-for-4 on the free-throw line and is presently 12-for-13 (92.3 p.c) for the season after additionally going 7-for-7 on the line in his season-high 19-point efficiency in opposition to Grambling. Along together with his scoring, Warren is averaging 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and a pair of.0 steals via 5 video games. Arms is now at 7.8 factors per recreation after scoring in double figures the previous two video games with 12 in opposition to UIW and 10 within the win over Omaha. A brilliant senior who performed at Winthrop final season, Arms has hit two three 3-pointers in every of the final three video games and is capturing 7-for-15 on 3-pointers (46.7 p.c) and can also be averaging 2.6 assists per recreation with a season-high 5 in opposition to PVAMU. A Milwaukee native, Arms is at his fourth faculty after starting his profession at Mesa Community College, Northwest Nazarene and Winthrop the place he performed within the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

McCullar missed Tuesday’s recreation in opposition to Omaha with a non-COVID sickness after main Tech with 17 factors in opposition to UIW in South Padre the place he set a brand new single-game excessive by flattening 4 3-pointers (4 of 6). McCullar is second for the Red Raiders with 6.3 rebounds per recreation this season with a season-high of 9 in opposition to Grambling the place he additionally established a brand new career-high with 24 factors. In his fourth season at Tech, McCullar is the one participant who was on the Final Four workforce the place he was a redshirt who joined mid-year after graduating highschool early. He has now performed in 53 video games (29 begins) and has 443 factors and 243 profession factors. McCullar, who earned All-Big 12 Honorable Mention final season, is averaging 15.3 factors, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per recreation this season.  

Marcus Santos-Silva leads Tech with 16 offensive rebounds this season and is averaging 6.8 factors and 4.4 rebounds in his second yr with this system. A Taunton, Mass. native, Santos-Silva transferred to Tech after three years at VCU and completed final season averaging 8.3 factors and 6.4 rebounds per recreation as a Red Raider. He scored a season-high 13 factors in opposition to North Florida within the opener and is coming off going for 9 factors and 7 rebounds in opposition to Omaha. Santos-Silva already has two video games with 4 offensive rebounds and has had three or extra offensive rebounds in 4 of the 5 video games. He comes into Saturday’s recreation with 828 rebounds and 1,103 factors in his profession.

Batcho is averaging 9.0 rebounds over the previous two video games after having eight in opposition to UIW final weekend in South Padre after which securing 10 within the win over Omaha. He is the primary Red Raider to have a double-digit rebounding efficiency this season. A freshman from France, Batcho started his profession at Arizona final season however redshirted with an harm. He’s presently averaging 3.2 factors and 5.0 rebounds this season. Along together with his rebounding, he had a career-high six assists in opposition to Omaha in solely 16 minutes of play. He had just one help via the primary 4 video games earlier than main the workforce with six in that win.

Kevin Obanor comes into Saturday’s recreation in opposition to Lamar averaging 8.4 factors and 4.2 rebounds per recreation this season. A senior who performed three seasons at Oral Roberts, Obanor is in his first yr at Tech and has posted 1,348 factors and 705 rebounds via 91 collegiate video games. He scored a season-high 17 factors within the opener in opposition to North Florida and has two video games with six rebounds. Obanor is coming off a season at ORU the place he had 15 double-doubles and has 30 double-doubles in his profession – together with having three within the 2021 NCAA Tournament to assist ORU attain the Sweet 16.

Sardaar Calhoun had a season-high eight factors within the win over Omaha after going 3-for-4 from the sector with two 3-pointers, whereas Chibuzo Agbo scored a career-high seven factors within the win. Agbo, who’s in his second season at Tech, had a earlier excessive of six factors coming in opposition to Arkansas final season within the second spherical of the NCAA Tournament after which once more with six factors in opposition to PVAMU. He was 3-for-4 from the sector with a 3-pointer in opposition to Omaha. KJ Allen additionally had a season-high with six factors in opposition to Omaha after going 3-for-3 from the sector. A sophomore from Los Angeles, Allen is in his first season at Tech after enjoying at East Los Angeles College throughout the 2019-20 season. His workforce was unable to play final yr due to COVID. At ELAC, Allen averaged 18.5 factors and 9.3 rebounds per recreation in his freshman season that was documented on Netflix’s sequence Last Chance U: Basketball. Calhoun can also be in his first season at Tech after enjoying final yr at Florida State the place he had a career-high 16 factors in a win over Miami. Calhoun and the Seminoles superior to the 2021 Sweet 16 final season.

LAMAR CARDINALS (1-5): Lamar travels to Lubbock on a five-game dropping streak after falling 79-73 at UTSA and 82-75 at Southern Mississippi in its final two video games. The Cardinals started the season with a 67-50 win over Wiley at dwelling in Beaumont however has since dropped video games in opposition to Miami (Ohio), Georgia Tech, Stetson, USM and UTSA. Lamar is being held to 69.2 factors per recreation and is capturing 43.5 p.c from the sector and 36.1 p.c on 3-pointers. While Tech has owned the glass in opposition to its opponents, Lamar is down 212-217 in opposition to its opponents within the rebounding class. Jordyn Adams leads Lamar with 12.8 factors per recreation, whereas Davion Buster is at 11.7 ppg., CJ Roberts has scored 10.8 and Kasen Harrison is averaging 10.0 to offer the Cardinals 4 double-figure scorers via six video games on their schedule. Buster led Lamar with 22 factors in opposition to UTSA the place he was 5-for-10 on 3-pointers, whereas Roberts dropped 17 factors in opposition to the Roadrunners the place he was 7-for-9 from the free-throw line.

Lamar will play at Mississippi State on Thursday, Dec. 2 in Starkville, Mississippi after taking up the Red Raiders this weekend in Lubbock.




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