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Texas Tech (4-2) vs. Houston (5-1)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Tuesday, November 26, 7 p.m. (et)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Barclays Center (18,103) -- Brooklyn, New York. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Texas Tech 4-0, Houston 4-0. Away Record: Texas Tech 0-0, Houston 1-0. Neutral Record: Texas Tech 0-1, Houston 0-1. Conference Record: Texas Tech 0-0, Houston 0-0. Series Record: Houston leads, 27-26.

GAME NOTES: A pair of Lone Star State foes will square off in the consolation round of the Legends Classic as the Texas Tech Red Raiders battle the Houston Cougars at the Barclays Center on Tuesday night.

Texas Tech felt the sting of a loss for the second time this season in the tournament's semifinals on Monday night. The Red Raiders scored only 18 points in a miserable first half and could not recover en route to a 76-53 defeat against Pittsburgh. Prior to the loss the Red Raiders had won back-to-back games. On Tuesday they hit the court with a 4-2 overall record.

In Monday's semifinal bout with Stanford, the Cougars were set down for the first time this season. Houston failed to rally against the Cardinal in an 86-76 setback, which broke up its perfect 5-0 start.

The Red Raiders trail the all-time series with Houston by a single game, 27-26, thanks to wins in eight straight meetings and 10 of the last 11 overall.

A miserable offensive effort in the first half doomed the Red Raiders against Pittsburgh. Texas Tech recorded only six field goals in the first 20 minutes and trailed 41-18 at the break. Despite shooting 52.8 percent from the field after the break, the Red Raiders were never able to close the gap.

There has not been a large margin of error for the Red Raiders this season as they own a rather small scoring differential (+3.5). Against the Panthers the Red Raiders were well off their normal shooting mark, as they have netted 48.3 percent from the field this season but didn't even come near that rate on Monday. Jaye Crockett (13.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg) was the only player in double figures for the Red Raiders on Monday as he netted 19 points. Crockett is the leading scorer most nights for Texas Tech, though Jordan Tolbert (13.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg) is also doing a solid job in the paint. Robert Turner (11.3 ppg) and Dusty Hannahs (10 ppg) are the main contributors on the wings.

The Cougars fought to a 32-32 tie at halftime against Stanford but their defense broke down in the second half. Over the final 20 minutes, the Cougars allowed the Cardinal to net 66.7 percent of their shots from the floor, while turning in a 37.5 percent shooting effort themselves.

TaShawn Thomas continued his streak of double-doubles in the contest as he had 22 points and 12 boards, while also contributing five steals and three blocks. On the year, Thomas (17.7 ppg, 12.0 rpg, 4.1 bpg) has been an absolute force on the interior, leading the team in scoring and rebounding, while providing impressive defense on the other end. Danuel House (17.3 ppg) is the complement to Thomas in the backcourt. House is connecting on less than 40 percent of his field goal tries and struggled again on Monday, finishing with 15 points on 5- of-14 shooting. L.J. Rose (12.5 ppg) provides some additional scoring depth.

This game will be decided in the paint as Thomas contends with a rather formidable Texas Tech frontcourt. If House can give the Cougars an edge along the perimeter it could go a long way in pushing them to a victory.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Houston 72, Texas Tech 68

11/26 10:34:55 ET

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