Kansas State (18-9, 8-6) will complete their home-and-away series against the Texas Tech Red Raiders (13-14, 5-9) when they visit Lubbock on Tuesday. In the first matchup, K-State came out swinging and led by 12 points at halftime and ended up winning 66-58 following a stronger second half from the Red Raiders.
Kansas State’s record on the road this season has been absolutely abysmal, and is putting their tournament chances in doubt. Texas Tech nearly knocked off the much stronger Kansas Jayhawks at home last weekend, and will be confident they can grab a win against K-State.
Here is all the information you need to catch the game:
Who: Texas Tech Red Raiders (Big 12 Conference)
Keys to the Game:
1: Win Away From Home: K-State simply has to win this game or their game at Oklahoma State, preferably both, in order to help their away resume for the NCAA Tournament committee. The Wildcats are 1-6 when playing away on an opponent’s court this season and 2-2 on true neutral courts, and the committee will seriously question whether they have what it takes to be successful outside Manhattan.
Texas Tech pushed KU to the limit recently in Lubbock, and will know of K-State’s road woes and will come out looking to take it to the Wildcats. They’ll have to do something to get the crowd out of the game early, and keep them out or it could be another bad performance.
2. Shane Southwell: K-State needs Southwell back and making an impact. He has not had the most impressive season before his injury, but when he isn’t able to be on the court, playing consistently, a lack of depth in that position shows up quickly. The Wildcats are lucky to have had D.J. Johnson and Nino Williams stepping up to help, but they are still not reliable enough to depend on. Southwell brings stability and confidence to the team when he is on the floor, even if it doesn’t always show up on the score sheet.
3. The Trees: Texas Tech’s best players are their big men, Jaye Crockett and Jordan Tolbert, with both averaging double-digit points and 6 rebounds per game. Kansas State’s frontcourt has shown that they, as a unit, can shut start post-players down. Last time out against Texas Tech, Tolbert played 22 minutes and didn’t manage a single point. If they can force Crockett to make all the plays again, the Wildcats will have a good chance of winning.
Where: United Spirit Arena
When: 6:00 PM CT
Tuesday, Feb. 25 2014
Radio: K-State Sports Network