The Cowboys fought hard but faded again down the stretch against a good KU team their last time out. They return home for another test of their resolve against a good Texas Tech team (KenPom No. 12).
Who: Texas Tech (19-5, 7-4 Big 12)
Where: Gallagher-Iba Arena - Stillwater, OK
When: Wednesday Feb. 13, 2019 - 8:00 p.m. CST
Web Stream: WatchESPN
Live Stats: okstate.statbroadcast.com
Trey Reeves: Out for season (Foot)
Khavon Moore: Out (Medical)
G Matt Mooney (Sr), G Jarrett Culver (So), G David Moretti (So), F Tariq Owens (Sr), C Norense Odiase (Sr)
Texas Tech comes into this game having just beat the other half of Bedlam on Saturday in Oklahoma. They complete their Oklahoma road trip in Stillwater on Wednesday.
Tech has won games with stifling defense (KenPom no. 1 defensive efficiency nationally) and adequate offense (no. 107 offensive efficiency). The Cowboys are 123 and 73 defensively and offensively in comparison. Tech creates turnovers at a high rate and guards at a high level on the perimeter and in the paint. The Red Raiders allow an average of a meager 57.3 points per game.
Chris Beard is in his third season with Texas Tech. After a mediocre first season, Tech exploded for their best postseason appearance ever as they made it to the Elite Eight. They’re in a good position to get another top four seed and make another run this season.
Three Things to Watch For:
- Can the Cowboys score?:
Based off the defensive stats above, it’s not going to come anywhere near easy. The Cowboys will have to find some consistency and will need to create some transition opportunities to keep this one close.
Since Chris Beard took over for the Red Raiders, they have dropped three of four to the Pokes. The Cowboy’s one loss was a five-point defeat in Lubbock last year where the Cowboys blew a big lead. Can the Cowboys continue to succeed in this series despite the down year?
3. Breaking the slide:
Oklahoma State is coming into this game on a six game conference losing streak. They’ll have to find a way to finish with their limited roster if they want to break the skid against a potent Tech squad.