Game Preview - Georgetown @ Texas Tech - Hoyas' first true road test
Game 8 - Georgetown (4-3) @ Texas Tech (4-2)
Nuts & Bolts
Date: November 30, 2022
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Venue: United Supermarkets Arena, Lubbock, TX
How to Watch: Big 12 Network / ESPN+
Matchup History: Georgetown leads all-time series 2-0
Last Meeting: Georgetown def. Texas Tech 98-90 on 3/21/96
Betting Lines: Via DraftKings
Spread: Texas Tech -16.5
Prediction: Georgetown 59, Texas Tech 76
Official Game Notes: HERE
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Head Coach: Patrick Ewing (6th season, 72-87 record at Georgetown)
Record: 4-3 (0-0 in Big East)
Last Time Out: Defeated UMBC 79-70 on 11/26
Player to Watch: Akok Akok
Georgetown’s first true road test of the 2022-23 season presents a monumental challenge. Texas Tech plays hounding defense and has one of the best home court advantages in college hoops.
The Hoyas are going to have to match the energy of the Red Raiders from the tip if they don’t want this to get out of hand quickly. They’ll need to defend to a level similar to Texas Tech as well.
Junior guard Akok Akok blocks a shot in Saturday's 79-70 win over UMBC / Photo: Rafael Suanes/Georgetown Athletics
For this reason, my player to watch is Akok Akok. The star transfer from UConn is 17th in the country in blocks per game (2.43) and stuffs the statsheet seemingly every game. The Hoyas need him to be the focal point of the defense in order to stay relevant for 40 minutes.
This matchup just spells trouble for Georgetown. I think the Hoyas can keep this competitive by slowing things down, defending the three and playing strong defense.
If not, Texas Tech can and will run away with it. A big 40 minutes ahead where we’ll hopefully learn a lot more about this Georgetown squad.
Head Coach: Mark Adams (2nd season, 31-12 record at Texas Tech)
Record: 4-2 (0-0 in Big 12)
Last Time Out: Lost to #25 Ohio State 80-73 on 11/23 @ Maui Invitational
Player to Watch: Kevin Obanor
The Red Raiders enter year two under the direction of head coach Mark Adams, who replaces Chris Beard, who took the Texas Tech program to new heights in his final years in Lubbock.
Adams was an assistant for five years under Beard, making him an ideal hire to replace his former boss and lead the Red Raider program.
In year one, the decision paid off, as Texas Tech won 27 games and advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
To start year two, Tech has been a little slow in the win/loss column, but brings the same intensity and fire to the court, especially on defense.
I watched this team play in the opener of the Maui Invitational against Creighton and their defense is no joke. It suffocated the Jays, who were still getting shots to fall, leading to a victory.
So far this year, the Red Raiders have defeated Northwestern State, Texas Southern, Louisiana Tech and Louisville, with losses coming against Creighton and Ohio State, both ranked opponents.
In terms of brand recognition, this is Tech’s last chance in the non-conference schedule to defeat a big time opponent, although we all know Georgetown has lost a step in recent years.
They’ll look to take care of the Hoyas through a frantic pace, especially on defense. The Red Raiders are only scoring about 70 points per game, led by senior forward Kevin Obanor. The Oral Roberts transfer is scoring 13.5 PPG on 53% shooting while adding just over 5 rebounds per game.
I like Tech in a lopsided one tonight. I don’t see how Georgetown overcomes the Red Raiders defense, considering they struggled against the defense of Loyola Marymount and American.
Not a pessimist, just a realist. Texas Tech, a lot to a little tonight in Lubbock.