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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Texas Tech
When: 9:00 PM ET, Friday, December 19, 2014
Where: United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith isn't worried about his players looking past Friday's visit from Arkansas-Pine Bluff in anticipation for their trip to Las Vegas. The Red Raiders have showed maturity early in the season despite a young roster. "They are beyond their age right now and I think a lot of that has to do with them playing so much (travel) basketball in this day and time," Smith told reporters Wednesday. "This is the first time they've played at this level, but they've been exposed. They measure themselves against others so I don't think they'll look past anybody."

The Red Raiders, who are 8-0 at home, will play a pair of games next week in Las Vegas at the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. They have held opponents to 54.9 points during a seven-game win streak, including a 101-39 win against South Carolina State on Wednesday. Marcel Mosley and Arkansas-Pine Bluff upset Houston 61-56 in overtime on Wednesday to snap a six-game losing streak.

TV: 9 p.m. ET, Fox College Sports Central, FSN Southwest-Plus

ABOUT ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF (2-8): Mosley had a career-high 33 points against Houston and leads the Golden Lions with 17.5 points. JoVaughn Love adds 12.5 points and a team-best 5.3 rebounds but the Golden Lions, who are 1-6 on the road, have struggled offensively. They average 54.4 points (ranked 347th out of 351 teams) and are shooting 36.5 percent from the floor (339th).

ABOUT TEXAS TECH (8-1):
Junior transfer Devaugntah Williams leads the Red Raiders with 11.4 points and is shooting 52.9 percent from behind the 3-point line. Freshmen Norense Odiase (9.7 points on 57.1 percent shooting), Justin Gray (7.6 points) and Zach Smith (5.9 points, team-high 6.1 rebounds and 15 blocks) have started together in eight games. Freshman Isaiah Manderson is averaging 11.5 points and six rebounds off the bench in the past two games.

TIP-INS

1. Texas Tech senior starter Robert Turner (9.7 points) started the season 2-of-21 from the 3-point line before hitting 4-of-5 against South Carolina State.

2. Texas Tech ranks sixth nationally in free-throw attempts per game (28.4) and is shooting 66.4 percent from the line.

3. Arkansas-Pine Bluff has a minus-10.6 rebound margin and has not won the rebounding battle through 10 games.

PREDICTION: Texas Tech 75, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 51

Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 2-8 W1 0-0 1-6 1-2 1-5 1-3 0-0
Texas Tech 8-1 W7 8-0 0-1 0-0 2-0 6-1 0-0
Last Meeting
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Texas Tech
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
No previous meeting.
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Arkansas-Pine Bluff N/A
Texas Tech N/A
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Arkansas-Pine Bluff N/A
Texas Tech N/A
Assists Player  
Arkansas-Pine Bluff N/A
Texas Tech N/A
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Arkansas-Pine Bluff M. Mosley 175 43.4 31
Texas Tech D. Williams 103 48.6 13
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Arkansas-Pine Bluff J. Love 53 21 32
Texas Tech Z. Smith 55 18 37
Assists Player  
Arkansas-Pine Bluff T. Hammond 38
Texas Tech R. Turner 21
Quickchart Matchup
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Off vs  Texas Tech Defense
54.4 Points For
56.9 Points Against
36.5 FG%
37.1 FG%
23.0 Reb
27.9 Reb
Texas Tech Off vs  Arkansas-Pine Bluff Defense
72.4 Points For
71.3 Points Against
45.5 FG%
46.5 FG%
27.9 Reb
34.4 Reb