Jan 23, 2013; Lubbock, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders guard Toddrick Gotcher (20) drives against Iowa State Cyclones forward Melvin Ejim (3) in the second half at the United Spirit Arena. Texas Tech defeated Iowa State 56-51. Mandatory Credit: Michael C. Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Basketball Preview: Texas Tech Red Raiders

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Trying to bounce back from an 0-5 Big 12 start, the Texas Longhorns welcome the Texas Tech Red Raiders into the Drum to try and notch their first conference win of the season.

Both teams don’t do much well, actually they don’t do anything well. At least Texas Tech has a good conference win against Iowa State. In 3 of the 5 conference games, Texas had a chance to win the game late and couldn’t do it. Texas Tech is 2-4 in the Big 12 conference with wins over Iowa State and TCU. TCU is expected to be the worst Big 12 team. Now Texas has to establish itself as a middle tier conference team.

Texas Tech’s leading scorer is Jaye Crockett, a junior forward from New Mexico who is averaging 13 points a game. 3 of their top 4 scorers are their big men so Texas Tech likes to send the ball in down low and get easy buckets. Texas needs great guard play to match that. If the Longhorn guards can score from the perimeter and by driving to the basket, then Texas Tech will have to take more perimeter shots which are not what the Red Raiders do well.

This is a big game that can determine the fate of Rick Barnes. You just don’t lose to Texas Tech in basketball.

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