Tech Basketball Preview: Southeastern Louisiana

Tech Basketball Preview: Southeastern Louisiana

Jarrett Culver Jarrett Culver

LUBBOCK, Texas – After two dominant wins to start the season, Texas Tech now hosts Southeastern Louisiana at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday to complete a three-game home stand at the United Supermarkets Arena where they have won 40 straight non-conference games.

The Red Raiders are 2-0 with a 41-point scoring margin through two games, while the Lions (1-2) are the defending Southland Conference regular-season champion. SLU arrives in Lubbock after opening their season with road losses at Nebraska and LSU and a win over William Carey on its home court. Texas Tech is coming off an 84-52 win over Mississippi Valley State last Friday after beginning the year with an 87-37 victory over Incarnate Word. Texas Tech is averaging 85.5 points per game and is shooting 54.5 percent from the field, while opponents are at 44.5 points per game and a 30.1 percentage.

Texas Tech is 2-0 all-time against Southeastern Louisiana with the Red Raiders taking a 62-54 on Dec. 30, 2011 in the last meeting. SLU won the Southland Conference regular-season title last year with a 15-3 conference record. The Red Raiders are 1-0 against Southland Conference opponents this season and is 71-23 all-time. Tech will also play Abilene Christian on Dec. 15 in a "Throwback Game" at the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.

The Red Raiders are currently on a 40-game home non-conference winning streak after starting the season with a pair of wins over Incarnate Word and Mississippi Valley State. TTU started the streak with a 100-69 win over St. Mary's on Dec. 30, 2013 and were 9-0 last season in those games. Chris Beard is 21-0 in non-conference home games as the team's head coach and is 35-4 overall in home games coming into Tuesday's game.

Jarrett Culver leads the Red Raiders with 14 points per game and has also contributed nine assists and seven rebounds through two games. A Jerry West Award Watch List player, Culver started his sophomore season by dropping 16 points against UIW in the opener before going for 12 points and five assists in the win over MSVU. Davide Moretti is coming off a career night where he scored 17 points after drilling five 3-pointers. A sophomore from Italy, Moretti had 14 of his 17 at halftime and now has hit 32 3-pointers in his career. He also dished out four assists in the win over MVSU after having six assists and nine points in the opener. Norense Odiase pulled down 10 rebounds in the win over MSVU and is averaging 8.5 per game to start his senior season. Odiase now has 373 total rebounds in his career and is also averaging six points per game after going for eight points and 10 rebounds against MVSU. He was two rebounds shy of his career-high of 12 which he had in games against Loyola, Hawaii and Sam Houston in the 2014-15 season.

Matt Mooney and Tariq Owens have stepped right for the Red Raiders after transferring in for their senior seasons. Mooney leads the team with 12 assists through two games after having six in both, while he is also averaging 10 points and 4 rebounds per game. A guard who played the past two seasons at South Dakota, Mooney began his Tech career with 12 points against UIW before scoring eight against the Delta Devils to go along with his six assists. Owens leads the Red Raiders with seven blocked shots after opening the year with six blocks against UIW. A St. John's transfer, Owens is coming off scoring nine points and seven rebounds in the win over MVSA after being one off the single-game block record of seven in his debut. He leads the team with an 85.7 shooting percentage after going 4-for-5 against MSVU.

Brandone Francis is adding 6.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game after scoring 13 in the opener against UIW, while freshman Kyler Edwards is at 9.5 points through his first two collegiate games. An Arlington native, Edwards began the season with 10 points against UIW before contributing nine points and three rebound. The Red Raiders are also seeing depth added by Deshawn Corprew who transferred in as a sophomore from South Plains College. He's averaging 9 points and 5.5 rebounds per game after going for a season-best 11 points and eight rebounds in the win over MSVU last Friday. Corprew was 5-for-9 from the field in the game through 17 minutes of play. He shot 3-for-4 in the opener and is currently shooting 61.5 percent from the field. Malik Ondigo is coming off a career night also where he had eight points against the Delta Devils Ondigo was 3-for-5 from the field and also had five rebounds in the game.

STREAKING: The Red Raiders are currently on a 40-game home non-conference winning streak after starting the season with a pair of wins over Incarnate Word and Mississippi Valley State. TTU started the streak with a 100-69 win over St. Mary's on Dec. 30, 2013 and were 9-0 last season in those games. Chris Beard is 21-0 in non-conference home games as the team's head coach and is 34-4 overall in home games coming into Friday game.
 

FOLLOW THE RED RAIDERS: Friday's game will be broadcasted on Fox Sports Southwest with John Harris and Chris Level on the call and on the Texas Tech Sports Network's flagship station Double T 97.3 in Lubbock with Geoff Haxton and Clark Lammert. Fans can also find the game on any streaming device by using the FOX Sports Go app and can interact with the broadcast by following @GunsUpRadio on Twitter.

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