Texas Tech basketball: 3 matchups to watch as Red Raiders host KSU

MANHATTAN, KS - JANUARY 14: Kyler Edwards #0 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders drives up court against Antonio Gordon #11 of the Kansas State Wildcats during the first half on January 14, 2020 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
MANHATTAN, KS - JANUARY 14: Kyler Edwards #0 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders drives up court against Antonio Gordon #11 of the Kansas State Wildcats during the first half on January 14, 2020 at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) /
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LUBBOCK, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 19: Guard Kyler Edwards #0 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders walks along the baseline before the college basketball game against the Kansas State Wildcats on February 19, 2020 at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)
LUBBOCK, TEXAS – FEBRUARY 19: Guard Kyler Edwards #0 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders walks along the baseline before the college basketball game against the Kansas State Wildcats on February 19, 2020 at United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images) /

Edwards vs. Pack

Texas Tech got a great game from Kyler Edwards against Oklahoma State.  Putting up 18 points, he came within a point of matching his season-high.  He also hit four 3-pointers to break out of a prolonged slump from long range.

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Now, can he put together a second-straight quality performance (especially from beyond the arc)?  Or, will Kansas State get a hot-shooting effort from their shooting guard, Nijel Pack?

The freshman from Indianapolis, Indiana is proving to be a dangerous scorer this year.  He’s averaging 10.1 points per game and much of his work has been done with the 3-ball.

Already with 20 made 3-pointers on the year, he’s shooting 37% from outside.  Interestingly, Edwards has also made 20 shots from beyond the arc to lead his team, as does Pack. Thus, if either one of these players gets hot from outside, it could turn the tide of the game.

It is important to keep in mind that Tech and KSU are at opposite ends of the Big 12 spectrum when it comes to defending the 3-pointer.  Tech sits at no. 4 in the Big 12 by allowing its opponents to shoot just 28.7%  while KSU is no. 9 in the league by letting opponents shoot 37.6%.

That could be an important difference in this game and why Edwards might be licking his chops now that he’s rediscovered his touch from the outside.  Hopefully, that means he will be able to have a game similar to the one he had for the Red Raiders on Saturday. If he does, Tech fans will likely be celebrating a much-needed Big 12 win.

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