Preview for Texas Tech vs. OU and Kansas
Texas Tech Men’s Basketball is gearing up for a busy week playing in the Big 12 Conference. The team prepares to play the No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners Monday, February 1st, in Lubbock at United Supermarkets Arena at 8 p.m.
The Red Raiders will travel to Manhattan to take on the Kansas State Wildcats, Saturday, February 6th at Bramlage Coliseum. The Texas Tech Red Raiders are currently ranked No. 13. Both games are to be competitive and give the Red Raiders a chance to compete at a high level.
Texas Tech and OU
Monday’s matchup against the No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners is sure to be a good one. The Sooners have won five straight games, with three against ranked opponents in Kansas, Texas, and Alabama. Two of the three ranked teams rank within the top ten, giving them a hot hand entering tonight’s game. With the Sooners missing Austin Reaves and Blondes Williams in Saturday’s game due to COVID-19, The Oklahoma Sooners look to a young bench to pull weight to make up for the absence.
Looking back at Texas Tech’s first game against Oklahoma, it was back and forth, competitive, nail-biter. Tech had Marcos Santos-Silva, Mac McClung, and Terreance Shannon Jr. all score over 15 points. The combined efforts of the three led to a win against the at the time non-ranked opponent on the road. The Sooners have had a bumpy path playing ranked teams such as Baylor and Kansas, but been on fire lately.
OU Coming After Tech
Reflecting on the Sooners game against Alabama, De’Vion Harmon steps up for the team, scoring 18 points. lookout for him to do the same against the Red Raiders. The game’s critical matchups will come from the guard play as players such as De’Vion Harmon and others look to lead.
From the Texas Tech side of things, guard play in the last few games has been phenomenal, with McClung and Terrance scoring over 20 points. If Tech’s guard play can continue to dominate, the team should match up well against the Sooners.
Kansas Ready to Take on The Raiders
Looking ahead to Saturday’s game against Kansas State, it is to be a good one. Kansas State ranks ninth in the Big 12 and has a seemingly quiet season. With a 5-13 record, the Wildcats are looking to turn their season around with a big home win against the Red Raiders.
The Wildcat’s two leading scorers are Nijel Pack, a freshman guard and leading scorer averaging 11.8 points. Mike McGuirl, a senior guard averaging 11.4 points per game. With a very young team and only having one senior, the team is looking for a big ranked victory.
As for Texas Tech, the team is looking to win a season series, being their second game against Kansas State. In their first matchup, it was a team effort with three players in double figures, where the red raiders took care of business at home.
Tune Into Texas Tech Big 12 Action
Mondays ranked matchup against the No. 9 Oklahoma Sooners is set for 8 p.m. on ESPN at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas. Saturday’s game against Kansas State will take place at 3 p.m. at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas, and the television schedule has not yet been released.
Story by Trinity Porter, sports journalist intern