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Men's College Basketball
Preview
Northwestern St. at Texas Tech
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Where: United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, Texas

Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith wants to see a better defensive effort from his Red Raiders in Tuesday’s home contest against Northwestern State, and he made that crystal clear in the moments after Saturday's 80-68 victory over Missouri State. “I thought it was one of our worst defensive efforts,” Smith told reporters, adding, “We let them pass the ball up the court whenever they wanted.” The Red Raiders got a career-best 18 points from Devaugntah Williams and strong play from the bench.

Texas Tech reserves scored 38 points – Williams leading the way as he continues to recover from a toe injury – and the Red Raiders are averaging 31 points from their bench. Freshman center Norense Odiase continues to impress, scoring in double figures in all three games. The Demons are 2-0 on the season but are winless against Division I competition, losing by a combined 63 points to Texas A&M and No. 18 Oklahoma.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, FSN Southwest Plus

ABOUT NORTHWESTERN STATE (2-2): Zeek Woodley paces the Demons, hitting 55.9 percent of his shots and averaging 20.8 points after going for 26 points against Oklahoma. Jalen West (13.8) and Marvin Frazier (11.5) also average in double figures, but defense has been a problem: Texas A&M shot 56.8 percent while Oklahoma converted 50 percent of its attempts. The Demons are shooting 22.1 percent from 3-point range while averaging 28.3 3-point attempts.

ABOUT TEXAS TECH (2-1): Odiase leads the Red Raiders in scoring (14.0) and rebounding (8.0) while shooting 63.6 percent from the field. Williams has come off the bench to average 11.7 points and is 8-for-10 from 3-point range. The Red Raiders, who outrebound their opponents by 4.7 boards per game, dominated Missouri State 28-9 on the glass in the second half.

TIP-INS

1. Texas Tech plays the second game of an eight-game homestand Tuesday; the Red Raiders are 13-6 at home since the start of last season.

2. Texas Tech G Robert Turner, one of two returning starters, is shooting 34.4 percent from the field and is 1-for-9 from 3-point range.

3. The Red Raiders have won all three previous matchups with Northwestern State.

PREDICTION: Texas Tech 82, Northwestern State 58
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Neutral Day Night Conf
Northwestern St. 2-2 L1 1-0 1-2 0-0 0-1 2-1 0-0
Texas Tech 2-1 W1 2-0 0-1 0-0 0-0 2-1 0-0
Last Meeting
Northwestern St. Texas Tech
Date Away Home Pts Reb FG% Pts Reb FG%
11/19/09 NWST 75 TTU 94 75 24 44.4 94 37 53.2
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Northwestern St. D. Knight 19 66.7 6
Texas Tech M. Singletary 25 72.7 9
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Northwestern St. J. Hulbin 6 0 6
Texas Tech D. Roberts 11 3 8
Assists Player  
Northwestern St. D. Knight 3
Texas Tech J. Roberson 6
Season
Points Player Total FG% FTM
Northwestern St. Z. Woodley 83 55.9 13
Texas Tech N. Odiase 42 63.6 14
Rebounds Player Total Off Def
Northwestern St. T. Joseph 26 11 15
Texas Tech N. Odiase 24 13 11
Assists Player  
Northwestern St. J. West 30
Texas Tech T. Gotcher 6
Quickchart Matchup
Northwestern St. Off vs  Texas Tech Defense
68.0 Points For
65.3 Points Against
35.9 FG%
37.8 FG%
31.0 Reb
33.3 Reb
Texas Tech Off vs  Northwestern St. Defense
71.7 Points For
99.5 Points Against
39.9 FG%
53.5 FG%
33.3 Reb
47.0 Reb