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December 3, 2010 at 11:21 AM

Scouting report: Texas Tech

TEXAS TECH
Game info:
1 p.m. Saturday at Edmundson Pavilion.
TV/Radio: FSN/KKNW-1150 AM
Record: 5-3. RPI rank: 155.
Previous game: Beat Oral Roberts 86-82.
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Prediction: Picked to finish seventh in the Big 12 by league coaches.
Coach: Pat Knight is 42-45 in his third full season with the Red Raiders.
Series: Washington leads 5-3.
Last meeting: The Huskies lost 99-92 in overtime in Lubbock, Texas on Dec. 3, 2009.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— Senior John Roberson has tallied 1,458 points in four seasons and he’s 15th on Techs’s all-time scoring list. He’s also ninth on the school’s career assists list. Robertson has played in 108 games.
— Senior Mike Singletary entered the season with 1,142 career points and No. 24 on Texas Tech’s all-time scoring list. He scored 29 points in his last outing. His career high his 43.
OVERVIEW:
— This is the first of two games for Washington in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Challenge Series. UW plays at Texas A&M on Dec. 11.
— In last year’s game, former UW star Quincy Pondexter scored 31 points, however, Tech handed the 12th-ranked Huskies their first defeat in front of an ESPN2 audience. Former Husky Elston Turner missed two free throws late in regulation and Singletary nearly won the game on a desperation three-pointer at the buzzer, but it waved off because time had expired. In overtime, Tech outscored Washington 19-12. Roberson scored 25 points and Singletary had 16.
— Tech is a veteran team. All five starters are upperclassmen who average double digit scoring and at least 27 minutes. Sound familiar? Long Beach State is similar and the 49ers didn’t have enough legs to run with the Huskies.
— The starters receive the bulk of the minutes, however, Knight uses up to six reserves for a limited amount of time.
— Despite their experience, the Red Raiders were 4-10 on the road last season and they’re 0-1 this season, falling 92-83 in overtime to North Texas.
— Three freshman (F Jaye Crockett, G Javarez Willis and G Jamel Outler) are receiving quality minutes off the bench. Crockett averages 6.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 15.8 minutes. Willis also averages 15.8 minutes and 4.1 points while Outler’s time has fluctuated.
STARTING LINEUP:
F – Mike Singletary, 6-5, 235, Sr., 12.8 ppg., 6.0 rpg.
F – Brad Reese, 6-6, 195, Sr., 11.6, 5.0
C – Robert Lewandowski, 6-10, 256, Jr., 6.9, 1.0
G – David Tairu, 6-3, 177, Sr., 11.5, 2.8
G – John Roberson, 5-11, 168, Sr., 13.5, 3.8 apg.
KEY MATCHUP:
The Huskies struggled last week against top-notch guards Kalin Lucas of Michigan State and Kentucky’s Brandon Knight. Roberson isn’t in their league, but he’s capable of having a big game. His career high is 33 points. Roberson can also get careless with the ball and he’s committed at least three turnovers in each of the past five games. He has a season-high five turnover. At 5-feet-11, he appears to be solid matchup for 5-9 Isaiah Thomas. At 168 pounds, not sure if Roberson has the strength to keep the 185-pound Thomas out of the lane.

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