Texas Tech vs Nebraska Basketball Preview and Prediction
Texas Tech vs Nebraska Preview
Two undefeated teams with high hopes for the 2018-19 campaign meet at the Hall-of-Fame Classic in St.Louis, MO on Tuesday night.
The 4-0 Texas Tech Red Raiders will play the 4-0 and 24th-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers after both teams defeated solid teams to advance in the underrated early season tournament.
For Texas Tech it looked like they may head to the losers bracket of the Classic, but they rallied for a 78-63 win over Southern Cal on Monday where they overcame a nine-point halftime deficit and shot 16-for-20 in the second half. The Red Raiders trailed the Trojans by as many as 13 in the first half but would respond by outscoring them by a 55-31 margin in the second half.
Nebraska took a similar route before dismantling Missouri State 85-62. The Cornhuskers shot 51 percent from the field, including 13 3-points, while blistering the nets at 59 percent in the second half to pull away down the stretch.
Culver Powers Tech
Jarrett Culver is coming off a night where he had 18 points, five assists, three steals and nine rebounds against the Trojans. He leads the Red Raiders with 16.8 points per game and is also averaging 4.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds. He scored a season-high 21 points last Tuesday against Southeastern Louisiana when he went 8-for-12 from the field and also added four assists and four rebounds. Against USC, Culver was 5-for-10 from the field and matched a career-high with seven free throws. He scored 13 points and had seven rebounds in the second half Culver has scored in double-digits in each of the first four games this season. A Lubbock native, he was named to the Jerry West Award Watch List and a Big 12 Preseason Honorable Mention selection before the season and has now scored in double-digits in 24 games in his career.
Nebraska’s Three-Headed ‘Jr.’ Attack
Nebraska plays only three players over 25 minutes a game–and all three are crucial to their success. They also happen to all be seniors AND juniors.
James Palmer Jr.- 17.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.3 blocks per game
Glynn Watson Jr.– 16.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists, 1.3 steals per game
Isaac Copeland Jr.- 15.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.5 blocks per game
These three seniors make up one of the most experienced starting units in college basketball. They will power Nebraska as far as they can.
TTU: Davide Moretti matched a career-high with 17 points on Monday with 13 coming in the second half. A guard from Italy, Moretti also scored 17 points against MVSU when he knocked down five 3-pointers and would knock down two more against the Trojans. He is averaging 12.8 points and 3.3 assists per game for the Red Raiders this season and has scored in double digits in two of the four games. He came into this season after only having two double-digit scoring performances last season, including a career-high 14 points against Florida Atlantic. He is currently shooting 48.5 percent from the field and leads the team with eight 3-pointers.
NEB: Isaiah Roby. The junior forward stands at 6’8 and weighs in at 230lbs. He is the inside presence for Nebraska and leads the team in blocks and is second in rebounding. He is almost can’t-miss from inside the three-point arc. He hasn’t missed more than two shots in a game since Nov.11th, 2017.
LINE: -2 NEB
Texas Tech will have the most talented player on the court tonight in Jarrett Culver, but the senior leadership on Nebraska cannot be overstated. The three seniors who power the Cornhuskers will be too much for a Red Raiders squad that will likely be in the NCAA Tournament again this season.
Nebraska picks up a solid non-conference win.
Nebraska 74 Texas Tech 68