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    Game Day Essentials: Game #5 vs Texas Tech

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      #24 Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-0) vs Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-0)

                             ** HALL OF FAME CLASSIC **

       

      Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2018
      Time: 8:30 p.m. 
      Arena: Sprint Center

      Location: Kansas City, Mo. 

      Broadcast:  ESPN2

      Link for Live Stats

       

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    Texas Tech
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    Head Coach: Chris Beard
    Location: Lubbock, Texas
    Conference: Big 12
    Nickname: Red Raiders
    Mascot: Masked Rider, Raider Red - Due to the Masked Rider's requirement to ride a live horse, Raider Red is the preferred mascot for basketball
    Last time out: Beat USC
    Shirt not to wear: Scarlet, Black, Oakland Raiders Starters jacket

    Opening Line: Nebraska by 2

    Great moments in twitter: Tim Miles puts out this two word tweet about Tubby Smith jumping ship from Texas Tech. April 15th was the same day Tech hired Beard away from UNLV where he'd just started in March after his magical tourney run at Arkansas Little Rock

     

     

     

    Players to watch: Jarrett Culver

     

    Culver is go-to scorer on this team as the unheralded Lubbock native put himself on the NBA draft radar as a freshman last year on the Red Raider's Elite 8 team. The projected next level 3 and D player should be tasked with guarding James Palmer in what should be an interesting individual matchup.

     

     

    KenPom Helps us look at the Lineup

     

    PG SG SF PF C Pct
    1
    13 Matt Mooney
    6-3  200  Sr
    25 Davide Moretti
    6-2  175  So
    23 Jarrett Culver
    6-5  195  So
    11 Tariq Owens
    6-10  205  Sr
    32 Norense Odiase
    6-8  250  Sr
    12.9
     

     

    You might recognize Mooney and Owens from years past as Tech reloaded through grad trasnfers.  Mooney was the SG who did some damage against us for Craig Smith's South Dakota team two years ago. Tariq Owens had 6 blocks for St Johns in their beat down which included Palmer getting T'ed up after scoring on Owens and letting him know about it.  Itailian SG Davide Moretti is a 3pt sniper and Odiase is a glass cleaner who mostly scores on putbacks. Tech has a pretty shallow bench at this point that includes a couple of new faces the Huskers tried to recruit in Kyler Edwards and Deshawn Corprew after a year at JUCO. Both are capable but inexperienced scorers. Senior Brandone Francis plays minutes because he knows the system but isn't much of a threat to score.

     

    The Skinny:

     

    Nebraska has a couple of built in advantages here as they will have the home court advantage and Tech had to burn some legs to rally back against USC last night. It's probable that Beard and his packline defense will choose to protect the defensive boards as opposed to aggressively pursuing transition points as Tech attempts to grind out a win.  Nebraska's defense has been elite thus far and should also keep Tech in tabs in what Vegas believes will be a low scoring game. It's possible that Culver gets the best of Palmer in this matchup but how is Tech going to cover Roby and Copeland?  Cope has a good shot at locking down tourney MVP honors tonight. Nebraska individually has the advantage at most every position here but unlike USC is able to play defense. Tech will try and force Nebraska into a jump shooting team and once again you'll grit your teeth when 3s don't fall. It's ok...our combination of defense just means we need to be a decent shooting team and our shot chart is finally starting to look like we understand what is a good shot.  One last ace up the sleeve: this is a pretty poor FT shooting team.

     

    Look for Nebraska to bend at times but never break as they look to win their first holiday tournament since the San Juan Shootout in 2000.

     

    Prediction: Nebraska 68 - Texas Tech 62

    Edited by hhcmatt

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    Just now, 49r said:

    "#24 Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-0) vs Texas Tech Red Raiders (4-0)"

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    I noticed this too... we're actually 4-0. That's what you were talking about right? 😎

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    2 minutes ago, hskr4life said:

     

    My sarcasm game is a little off again 😂.  I think he was referring to the #24 ranking, but I could be wrong.

     

    We are #24 though. I'm using whichever ranking is higher between the coaches and AP poll

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    Just now, hhcmatt said:

     

    We are #24 though. I'm using whichever ranking is higher between the coaches and AP poll

    Dang it- I was looking at the AP.  I'm on board with this!

    Edited by hskr4life

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