|Written by Michael|
Bet on NCAABWith the news that Texas Tech head coach Pat Knight will be finishing his final season at the head of the Red Raiders, it becomes a question of whether his team will rally behind him in tonight's game against Missouri, or give up the season as lost. This first-round game in the Big 12 Conference Tournament will give us the answer.
Look for Texas Tech to rely on seniors John Roberson, Brad Reese, and Mike Singletary to lead the Rd Raiders. Missouri is currently listed as the 10 point favorites, with the total set at 154. While the Tigers are preferred by the sportsbook, Texas Tech's veterans have proven their worth in the tournament in past years.
In Singletary's sophomore year, he put up 43 points, a tournament record, in a win against Texas A&M, while just a year ago Roberson averaged 18 points in two Big 12 tournament games. The two combined have only averaged 26.3 points per game this year, but are still capable of having a 40 or 50 point night, especially considering past success in the tournament.
Missouri is also an abysmal road team, with a 1-7 conference record when playing outside of Columbia. The last time the Tigers played in Kansas City, they dropped a game to Georgetown with a close overtime game. Missouri will have to contain the Red Raiders' inside game tonight if they hope to pull out a victory.
The Tigers have been stronger at defense on the perimeter than they have been inside all season. If the game is played outside, Missouri has the better chance. But if the game is played close to the basket, Texas Tech has a lot of weapons down there. Reese, Lewandowski, and Roberts can easily overpower the Tigers' defense if they get a lot of touches inside the paint.