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The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 14, 8 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: United Spirit Arena (15,098) -- Lubbock, Texas. Television: Fox College Sports. Home Record: UNO 1-1, TTU 0-0. Away Record: UNO 0-0, TTU 0-0. Neutral Record: UNO 0-0, TTU 0-0. Conference Record: UNO 0-0, TTU 0-0. Series Record: Texas Tech leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Texas Tech Red Raiders will try to stay unbeaten under Chris Walker, as they host the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks for non-conference action at United Spirit Arena.
Walker took over the program in early October after Billy Gillispie resigned on Sept. 20. He began his tenure as intermin head coach in Lubbock with an 89-79 victory over Prarie View A&M at home. The Red Raiders now try to improve to 2-0 after winning their 13th consecutive season opener. Although TTU got the job done offensively with 50.8 percent field goal shooting and 22 made free throws, it has to improve defensively after allowing Prarie View to grab 16 offensive boards. Tech also watched as its opponent converted 26-of-34 free throws attempts.
UNO has already had a confusing season. The Mavericks picked up their second win ever against a Division I opponent with a 77-64 win over Northern Illinois, but then they were defeated in a 96-86 final by NAIA foe St. Mary's- Kansas. The Mavericks are now in their second season as a member at the Division I level, and in their first year as members of the Summit League. They will not be eligible for the conference or NCAA Tournament until 2015-16. Derrin Hansen is in his eighth year as the program's head coach, and has amassed a 122-87 overall record.
This will be the second meeting in history between these two programs. Texas Tech won the first meeting, 42-31, on Dec. 10, 1941.
UNO struggled defensively its last time out as it allowed St. Mary's to drain 12-of-24 shots from three-point range in the loss. John Karhoff is the centerpiece of the offense with an average of 15 ppg. The junior center is also grabbing five boards per game. C.J. Carter showed he is a talented slasher by scoring a team-high 16 points versus NIU, but his scoring output dropped to eight points in the team's second outing. Justin Simmons has struggled alongside Carter in the backcourt early on, making just 6-of-19 attempts from the floor. Simmons has handed out eight assists in two games.
The Red Raiders rallied around Jordan Tolbert's 16 points in their season opener. The sophomore forward led the team in scoring last season with 11.5 ppg. Jamal Williams Jr. (15), Daylen Robinson 14), and Josh Gray (10) all scored in double figures versus Prarie View A&M as well. All three were making their program debuts, as Williams Jr. and Robinson are juco transfers, and Gray is one the team's most promising freshmen. Dejan Kravic recorded five blocks in the opener to give TTU control of the paint.
Texas Tech should have no problem cruising to an easy win in this one. UNO will need to more time to develop at the Division I level before it will be upsetting a team from a power conference on the road.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Texas Tech 82, Nebraska Omaha 61
11/14 11:17:38 ET
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