The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: February 19th

Your daily update to all things Texas Tech athletics, including lots of spring sports underway.

Track & Field

Three Headed to Arkansas Qualifier. Hayley Cook, Brandon Bray and Kyle Thompson will head to the Arkansas Qualifier today at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville and this will be streamed on WatchESPN.

Tennis

Ladies Has Three Match Homestand. The ladies will host BYU on Friday at 4 pm, No. 39 William & Mary on Sunday at 11 am, and No. 33 Washington on Monday at 12 pm.

Texas Tech kept its program-best No. 10 ranking for a second consecutive week and has collected five of its eight victories against Top 60 opponents this season.

“I think a huge part for us was the mental training,” Texas Tech head coach Todd Petty said. “The mental ability to get over that many matches in a row and come out the way we did. We’re picking up some pretty good wins and working our way up the rankings. We’re right where we want to be moving into the rest of non-conference play.”

Softball

Softball in San Diego. Texas Tech will take part in the Campbell / Cartier Classic at San Diego University

Recapping Opening Weekend. Texas Tech Softball has a blog and one of the players will write the post, this time from Brooke Scott, who recaps their poeningn weekend in Las Vegas.

Lady Raider Basketball

Five Make Academic All-Big 12 Team. Congrats to Brielle Blaire, Ryann Bowser, Jamie Roe and Paige Parliment were named to the first team and Ivonne CookTaylor earned second team honors in the Academic All-Big 12 teams.

Basketball

Profile on Jordan Jackson. Good profile on freshman guard Jordan Jackson.

Doing Work. CBS Sports Jon Rothstein writes that he wonders why Minnesota dropped Tubby Smith and that Smith is putting himself in line for coach of the year.

Smith — one of the best human beings in college basketball — is doing one of the best coaching jobs of his career this season with the Red Raiders and you have to remember this is a guy who won a national title at Kentucky in 1998.

Texas Tech has beaten now beaten Iowa State, Baylor, and Oklahoma in three consecutive games and is 16-9 overall and 6-7 in conference play.

Smith is putting himself into the conversation for Big 12 Coach of the Year with Texas’ Shaka Smart and the Red Raiders are trending towards an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Top Five Plays.

Football

Ranking 10 through 6. DMN’s Mike DuPont continues his list of top 25 players, this is group 6 through 10 and here’s #6:

With Dylan Cantrell set to return, quarterback Patrick Mahomes has his two favorite targets in Cantrell and junior Ian Sadler during spring practices. Cantrell did not appear in any games last season after the Red Raiders ultimately shut him down during fall camp to recover from a lingering back injury. Between Cantrell, Reginald Davis and junior transfer Derrick Willies, the Red Raiders still have a plethora of vertical threats whether Lauderdale returns to the lineup or not.

Top JUCO’s. Athlon Sports ranks the top JUCO players and has Derrick Willies as the #3 player:

Quarterback Patrick Mahomes needs a new go-to target with Jakeem Grant out of eligibility. The Red Raiders’ offense may not have to look far for an answer, as the incoming recruiting class featured two talented junior college prospects at receiver, including Willies – the No. 3 overall prospect in the ESPN JC 50. The California native caught 49 passes for 1,115 yards and 14 scores at Trinity Valley Community College last season.

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