Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Know Your Enemy- Texas Tech

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.

Season stats
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 conference.

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.


Msmilie said...

In other words: if you're in the area, get your asses out to the game.

I know the start of the season hasn't been stellar up to this point, but I'm always going to push for my fellow Bama fans to support the team, regardless of your feelings for the coaching staff. Attending Alabama basketball games is the only real reason I miss my home state at this point. I envy you peoples who have the means to attend games on a regular basis.

crimsontider said...

If we don't win by double digits, I can't come away from this game with a positive feeling.

crimsontider said...

Good win tonight, the offense looks like it has completely turned around, and Jimmy Taylor was dominant defensively tonight, he will have to eat a lot of minutes as a freshman, but he looks the part so far. Relly was dominant, and probably could have even gotten around 40 if he had shot the ball more. I like what I saw from Nick and Retin. The team as a whole looks a lot more confident offensively. The problem this year will be depth, and adapting to the new foul rules, it should be an interesting season one way or the other. Roll Tide.