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Craqhead
03-04-2009, 05:38 PM
For the KU ~vs TT game because I'm a newb nobody. There for it wouldn't be official and I might jinx the game.


(9) Kansas (24-5) at Texas Tech (12-17)



Wednesday, March 4th, 9:30 p.m. (et) ESPN2

The Sports Network

By Scott Haynes, Senior College Basketball Editor

FACTS & STATS: Site: U.S. Spirit Arena (15,000) -- Lubbock, Texas. Television: ESPN2. Home Record: Kansas 17-1, Texas Tech 11-6. Away Record: Kansas 6-3, Texas Tech 0-10. Neutral Record: Kansas 1-1, Texas Tech 1-1. Conference Record: Kansas 13-1, Texas Tech 2-12. Series Record: Kansas leads, 17-3.

GAME NOTES: The ninth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks have their sights set on their fifth straight Big 12 regular season title, as they invade U.S. Spirit Arena this evening, for a conference showdown with the Texas Tech Red Raiders.

The defending national champions are 13-1 in conference play this year and need to win one of their last two games to capture their fifth straight and ninth overall Big 12 crown. In addition, the team is seeking its 52nd all-time conference title, an NCAA record. The team brings a five-game win streak into Lubbock, after making light work of Missouri on Sunday, 90-65.

The Red Raiders are at the opposite end of the conference spectrum with only two league wins against 12 losses. Texas Tech limps into this matchup with a six-game losing streak in tow, including Saturday's 78-63 loss to Oklahoma. Still, of the team's 12 total wins this year, 11 have come at U.S. Spirit Arena.

The Jayhawks have won 17 of the 20 all-time meetings with the Red Raiders. However, Tech has won two of the last four matchups, with both victories coming in Lubbock.

Kansas has once again found itself among the elite teams in the country thanks to stellar play at both ends of the floor. The team is getting it done in just about every phase of the game, averaging 77.8 ppg, while limiting the opposition to a mere 64.8. In addition, the Jayhawks are outrebounding foes by almost eight boards per game, while also forcing almost 14 turnovers per outing. KU possesses great balance both inside and out, led by the play of veteran guard Sherron Collins and talented center Cole Aldrich. Collins is both the team's top scorer (18.5 ppg) and primary distributor (144 assists) and is shooting over 40 percent from behind the arc, with 66 three-pointers to his credit. Aldrich counters with strong interior play, converting 61.4 percent of his shots and averaging a double-double with 15.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. Freshman Tyshawn Taylor (9.9 ppg) has been a pleasant surprise with his immediate contributions this season and the youngster is hitting 51 percent of his shots. It was once again Aldrich and Collins that led the way in the rout of Missouri on Sunday, as the pair combined for 44 points. Collins poured in 25 points to pace the team, while Aldrich added 19 points to go along with 14 rebounds. Taylor was solid as well, chipping in with 15 points, as Kansas as a whole, shot 55.9 percent from the floor, including 8-of-14 from behind the arc (57.1 percent).

The Red Raiders may be five games under .500 on the season, but it hasn't been due to a lack of offense. In fact, Texas Tech has been able to put up almost 78 points per game. The strong play has not found its way to the defensive end of the floor though, with Tech allowing an alarming 79.3 ppg. The team can score with just about any opponent, with four players currently averaging double figures. John Roberson is tops in both scoring (14.3 ppg) and assists (188), but is also the team-leader in turnovers (101). Alan Voskuil is a close second in the scoring department at 13.8 ppg and is followed by Nick Okorie and Mike Singletary at 11.2 and 10.7 ppg, respectively. The Red Raiders once again got production from varied sources, but collectively, the team shot a mere .386 from the floor in the 15-point loss to the Sooners. Roberson led the way with 17 points and seven assists. Okorie added 13 points, while Robert Lewandowski and Voskuil chipped in with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

The Red Raiders have had some success on their own floor this season, but there is no team in the country that knows how to close out a season with a conference title like Kansas. Expect Collins and Aldrich to once again lead the way, as Kansas posts a solid win in Lubbock.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Kansas 83, Texas Tech 67

03/04 10:27:25 ET

beer bacon
03-04-2009, 05:42 PM
Nobody cares about KU on this forum. This forum is for MU fans!

KcMizzou
03-04-2009, 05:44 PM
Nobody cares about KU on this forum. This forum is for MU fans!Heheh. :D

Pablo
03-04-2009, 05:44 PM
If you insist..

Mr. Plow
03-04-2009, 05:44 PM
If you insist..

Done.