Preview of the basketball game 2021-22, TV program
In a battle of two strong defensive teams, Texas Tech is looking to continue its run for a Big 12 regular season title. Oklahoma is looking to turn its season around with an upset win.
TV schedule: January 9, 2022 on ESPN U at 9:00 p.m.
Venue: Lloyd Noble Center
The Texas Tech Red Raiders come into this game with an 18-5 record. Their five losses have come against Iowa State, Kansas State, Kansas, Providence and Gonzaga. Their best win of the season came against Kansas. Texas Tech is ranked 9th in the AP poll.
Offensively, Texas Tech is led by Bryson Williams. Williams is averaging 13 points per game on 53% shooting. The Red Raiders defense is very dominant. This defense allows 60 points per game. It’s 9th in the country in terms of points allowed per game. Their ratio of assists to turnover is also very solid. The Red Raiders’ assist-to-turnover ratio is 0.669. It is the 11th in the country.
The Oklahoma Sooners come into this game with a 13-10 record. Their ten losses have come against Oklahoma State, Baylor (twice), Texas, Kansas, Auburn, TCU (twice), Utah State and Butler. Their best win came against Iowa State. They’ve lost 7 of the last 8 games, including last weekend against Oklahoma State by nine points. Due to the Big 12 improving everyone’s metrics overall, the Sooners are still on the bubble but have a lot of work to do in the coming weeks.
Offensively, the Sooners are led by Tanner Groves. Groves is averaging 13 points per game on 55% shooting. This Oklahoma defense is very solid. Their defense allows 64 points per game. It’s 40th in the country in points per game.
This match will be a defensive battle. None of these teams are excellent offensively. If Oklahoma wants to win this game, they’re going to need a good game from Tanner Groves.
In a battle between two great defensive teams, Texas Tech will win another game behind their below average offense.
Prediction: Texas Tech 61, Oklahoma: 50