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December 3, 2009 at 1:36 AM

Video: Scouting Texas Tech

Game info: 4 p.m. today at United Spirit Arena.
TV/Radio: ESPN2/950 AM
TEXAS TECH
Coach: Pat Knight, 25-26 in his second full season at Tech.
Last season: 14-19 overall, 3-13 in Big 12 (11th)
Last NCAA tournament appearance: 2007
2009-10 record: 7-0
Prediction: Picked ninth in the Big 12 by conference coaches.
Series: Washington leads 5-2. Last meeting: UW 59-57, Dec. 29, 1990. The Huskies have never lost to Tech in Lubbock, Texas.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— F Mike Singletary leads the Red Raiders in scoring and he’s their third leading rebounder. He’s gotten to the free throw line 37 times and converted 32 attempts. Last year, he had a breakout performance in the Big 12 tournament when he scored a career-high 43 points against Texas A&M, including 29 in a row.
— G John Roberson is Tech’s on-court leader. He averages more minutes (32.3) and more steals (13) than anyone else. He has recorded 128 assists over his last 20 contests, including nine or more five times. Roberson is also a deadly three-pointer marksman having converted 10 of 31 treys.
OVERVIEW:
— Tech returns three starters.
— Five Red Raiders are scoring at least 9.3 points per game. Four starters are shooting 50.8 percent or better and seven players are averaging 16.6 minutes or more.
— Junior college transfer guard David Tairu was voted the MVP of the Duel in the Desert, averaging 14.0 points in the three-game tournament. He was also named the Big 12’s rookie of the week. He’s sank 8 of 13 three-pointers. Tairu started the first six games, but was replaced in the starting lineup by Nick Okorie in the previous game.
— Texas Tech was the first team in the Big 12 to reach seven wins and is 7-0 for the first time since the 1995-96 season. Last year, the Red Raiders did not record their eighth victory until December 20.
— Tech is allowing opponents 58.7 points per game, which is 21 points fewer than last season when it ranked 324th in the nation in scoring defense. The Raiders have allowed just one team to score more than 61 points.
— Tech has had six home games and has not left the state. The Raiders beat Oregon State 64-60 and will face Stanford on Dec. 22.

KEY MATCHUP:
Singletary will likely be paired against UW forward Quincy Pondexter in a battle of multi-dimensional wings Singletary has committed 24 turnovers, Pondexter six.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – D’walyn Roberts, 6-7, 200, Jr., 9.7 ppg., 6.3 rpg.
F – Singletary, 6-5, 217, Jr., 13.6, 5.4
C – Darko Cohadarevic, 6-9, 242, Sr., 9.3, 6.0
G – Okorie, 6-1, 193, Sr., 8.3, 3.0
G – Roberson, 5-11, 165, Jr., 10.9, 2.0
THURSDAY LINKS:
— Here’s our advance on UW playing its first road game.
— And here’s the Lubbock Avalanche Journal advance with a story on Knight wanting to improve Tech’s non-conference schedule.

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