Tubby Smith brings his 2-0 Red Raiders into Tuscaloosa for the return matchup from our trip to Lubbock last year where we held off a really bad squad for the road win.
Texas Tech beat Houston Baptist on 11/8 and Northern Arizona on 11/11. Make of those wins as you will.
Below are some stats if you don't feel like looking at the link above:
- FG: 51.9%
- 3pt FG: 38.5%
- FT: 62.5%
- Rebound margin: +9.5
Snippet from MS's November preview of Texas Tech:
Texas Tech - Thursday, November 14th - Alabama returns to
Tuscaloosa for their home opener against another Big 12 school in Texas
Tech. It's a return trip for Tech after Bama traveled to Lubbock a year
ago. ESPN decided to be lazy and shoehorned it into the SEC/Big 12
Challenge slate of games. Tech made one of the more interesting coaching
hires of the offseason by plucking Tubby Smith following Smith's
head-scratching firing at Minnesota on the heels of an NCAA appearance
in which Smith led his team to a first round win over UCLA before losing
to Florida. It is the hope in Lubbock that Tubby will bring some much
needed momentum to a program that hasn't had much to cheer about since
Bobby Knight retired in 2008.
The biggest challenge for Bama could be the inside trio of Jaye
Crockett, Jordan Tolbert and Dejan Kravic, who totaled 30.5 ppg and 17.3
rpg last season. Also of note is Dusty Hannahs, a 6'4 guard who will be
Tech's primary deep threat. The most important newcomer appears to be a
JC recruit, Robert Turner, who is slated to be the starting PG. I have a
tremendous amount of respect for Tubby Smith - his teams are usually
well-prepared and give great effort - but this Tech team is projected to
finish near the bottom of the Big 12 and probably needs a couple of
good recruiting classes before it makes a significant jump in their
It's early, but it looks like Tubby is rotating 10 guys in with no one so far logging more than 30 minutes a game.
I don't have a real feel for this game. In theory we should win because talent-wise we are better and it is a home game, but I suspect a crowd not much bigger than the neutral site OU game to be in Coleman so is that really home court advantage? If Releford (and the rest of the team) can stay out of foul trouble and we can find someone to hit the occasional 3 ball I say we win by 8. If not, I could see Tech pulling the upset. I'm going to be positive and go with the 8 point win.
Game time on 11/14 is 9PM EST (8PM CST) on ESPN2. Plenty of tickets available for the game so if you're in or around town I think the team would appreciate your support.