Texas Tech Red Raiders at DePaul Blue Demons

Texas Tech Red Raiders Preview

The Texas Tech Red Raiders won their first five games but fell from No. 12 to out of the AP poll this week following losses to Iowa and Creighton in the Las Vegas Invitational. The latter game was played without leading scorer Jahmi’us Ramsey (17.3 points per game) who is day-to-day after sustaining a hamstring injury against Iowa.

One of the guys who can pick up any potential scoring slack is junior guard Davide Moretti, a key holdover from last year’s team that played in the national championship game. He scored a career-high 23 against Creighton, while Virginia Tech transfer Chris Clarke put in 17 as Ramsey’s replacement in the starting lineup.

DePaul Blue Demons Preview

The DePaul Blue Demons — picked last in the preseason Big East coaches’ poll — have roared to their first 8-0 start since the 1986-87 season, including a 93-78 victory over Iowa, which later beat Texas Tech.

The Blue Demons, who have also notched road wins at Boston College and Minnesota, have been boosted by speedy and fearless junior point guard Charlie Moore, in his first season at DePaul after playing at Cal and Kansas. He is averaging 17.1 points and 6.6 assists per game. Junior forward Paul Reed is locking down the frontcourt for the surprising Blue Demons by averaging 15.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game.