SEC Basketball Preview/Prediction: Kentucky at Texas Tech

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Kentucky visits Texas Tech on Saturday in a key Big 12-SEC basketball matchup. Look inside for a preview of the game along with a prediction of the game’s final score.

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Team Statistical Comparison

FG% 3PT% FT% ORB TRB AST STL BLK TO
Kentucky 0.464 0.316 0.767 181 694 265 96 93 230
Kentucky OPP 0.387 0.292 0.660 186 580 198 90 54 227
Texas Tech 0.443 0.329 0.757 178 637 294 142 65 250
Texas Tech OPP 0.400 0.319 0.666 170 602 190 108 45 313

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Statistical Leaders

Kentucky Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Nick Richards Kentucky 13.7 97 53 0
Ashton Hagans Kentucky 13.6 72 89 12
Immanuel Quickley Kentucky 13.6 67 67 30
Tyrese Maxey Kentucky 13.3 82 56 20
EJ Montgomery Kentucky 7.0 46 12 1
Nate Sestina Kentucky 6.6 32 22 13
Keion Brooks Jr. Kentucky 5.7 42 15 3
Kahlil Whitney Kentucky 3.3 23 10 4
Johnny Juzang Kentucky 2.2 12 6 3

Kentucky Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Nick Richards Kentucky 49 91 140 7.8
EJ Montgomery Kentucky 22 60 82 5.5
Ashton Hagans Kentucky 5 73 78 4.3
Nate Sestina Kentucky 25 52 77 5.1
Tyrese Maxey Kentucky 5 71 76 4.2
Immanuel Quickley Kentucky 13 58 71 4.2
Keion Brooks Jr. Kentucky 22 41 63 3.5
Johnny Juzang Kentucky 8 25 33 2.2
Kahlil Whitney Kentucky 14 17 31 1.7

Texas Tech Scoring Leaders

PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
PLAYER TEAM PPG FGM FTM 3PTM
Jahmi’us Ramsey Texas Tech 15.5 80 26 31
Davide Moretti Texas Tech 13.0 70 54 40
Kyler Edwards Texas Tech 11.8 73 40 27
Terrence Shannon Jr. Texas Tech 11.4 59 60 5
TJ Holyfield Texas Tech 8.7 61 29 5
Chris Clarke Texas Tech 6.4 44 25 2
Kevin McCullar Texas Tech 4.1 27 17 3
Avery Benson Texas Tech 2.5 15 7 8
Clarence Nadolny Texas Tech 2.1 10 15 0
Russel Tchewa Texas Tech 1.6 11 1 0
Andrei Savrasov Texas Tech 0.8 5 0 3

Texas Tech Rebounding Leaders

PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
PLAYER TEAM OR DR TR RPG
Chris Clarke Texas Tech 35 108 143 7.9
TJ Holyfield Texas Tech 31 52 83 4.6
Kyler Edwards Texas Tech 15 66 81 4.5
Jahmi’us Ramsey Texas Tech 18 50 68 4.9
Terrence Shannon Jr. Texas Tech 18 50 68 4.3
Kevin McCullar Texas Tech 16 23 39 2.2
Avery Benson Texas Tech 9 22 31 1.7
Davide Moretti Texas Tech 1 22 23 1.3
Clarence Nadolny Texas Tech 4 15 19 1.1
Andrei Savrasov Texas Tech 4 15 19 1.2
Russel Tchewa Texas Tech 3 10 13 0.9

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NCAA RPI

Kentucky: 25

Texas Tech: 32

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Scouting Report


Kentucky (14-4, 5-1 SEC) most recently defeated Georgia 89-79 on Tuesday in Lexington. In that game Kentucky built a 20-10 lead midway through the first half but that lead was cut to 41-35 by halftime. Georgia pulled to within three with at 55-52 with 13:09 remaining in the game. The Cats then went on a 17-9 run and took a commanding 72-60 lead with 7:39 to play. The Wildcat lead would never go below eight points after that run. Ashton Hagans led Kentucky in scoring with 23 points. Anthony Edwards and Rayshaun Hammonds co-led the Bulldogs with 16 points each. UK is averaging 75.7 points per game so far this season. Nick Richards leads the Cats in both scoring (13.7 ppg) and rebounding (7.8 rpg). The other players also average at least 13 points a game including Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley and Tyrese Maxey. Kentucky as a team is shooting 46.4% from the field, 31.6% from 3-point range and 76.7%.

Texas Tech (12-6, 3-3 Big 12) The Red Raider’s most recent game was a 65-54 loss at TCU on Tuesday. Most of Tech’s wins have come against lower tier division I teams, however, Texas Tech defeated Louisville on earlier this season at a neutral site. Jahmi’us Ramsey leads the Red Raiders in scoring averaging 15.5 points per game. Davide Moretti and Kyler Edwards also average in double-digits. Those three players have combined to make 98 3-point shots. Chris Clarke leads Tech in rebounding pulling down almost eight per game. As a team, Tech shoots 44.3% from the field, 32.9% from three, and 75.7% from the line.

This is a game Kentucky should be able to win this game on the road. Tech is a very good shooting team though. Especially from the line and 3-point range. UK will need to play solid defense and not allow wide open shots from downtown. They have the ability to do that.

Kentucky-Texas Tech Prediction

Kentucky 76, Texas Tech 71


Saturday’s game tips off at 6:00 ET (5 p.m. CT). TV: ESPN.

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