The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: February 27th

Your morning roundup of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Miscellaneous

New Campus Photos. Some terrific new photos from our friend, TTU Red at Totally Texas Tech.

Tennis

Texas Tech Downs No. 25 N.C. State.

Track & Field

Update on Big 12 Championships.

Lady Raider Basketball

Lady Raiders Look to Sweep Kansas. The Lady Raiders are in Lawerence, Kansas, to take on the Jayhawks, tip is at 7:00 pm and the game will be on the Jayhawk TV Network and can be found on Watch ESPN.

“Kansas is going to give us their very best effort,” Texas Tech head coach Candi Whitaker said. “They play extremely hard and have a lot of great young talent. They have kids who were fairly highly recruited and can play. A lot of their freshmen are no longer freshmen in the sense they have gotten a lot of good minutes. We have to be ready to go in every area. They play great pressure man-to-man defense, and we have to do a better job of handling that and moving the basketball than we did at our place.”

The LAJ previews the game as well.

Baseball

Baseball Takes Down Houston.  Make sure and check out the weekend series thread where I’m updating every day, as Texas Tech takes down Houston, 3-2 yesterday afternoon.

Basketball

No Bubble. ESPN’s Eamonn Brennon looks at teams on the bubble and Brennon thinks Texas Tech is in:

Texas Tech [18-9 (8-7), RPI: 23, SOS: 5] Texas Tech is playing at Allen Fieldhouse on Saturday. As such, Kansas will almost certainly clinch that aforementioned 12th-straight Big 12 regular-season conference title (yep, still insane!) at the expense of the Red Raiders’ own streak of success. In the matter of five games, played across 13 days, Tech went from off the bubble completely, to safely ensconced on the No. 8 line in Joe Lunardi’s Bracketology. It shot through the S-Curve sky with wins over Iowa State, Baylor and Oklahoma, and maintained that rise this week in victories over Oklahoma State and TCU. It is, off the top of our heads, the fastest we’ve ever seen a team cross move from being barely on the page to totally in the bracket. Paeans to the Jayhawks’ historic success are likely to be written at the expense of Tech’s loss on Saturday, but here in Bubbleland, Tubby Smith has earned plenty of Homeric hymns in his honor.

Football

Turnover Tuesday. I totally missed this on Tuesday, so thanks to Carlos Silva Jr. for re-tweeting.

Taking Down Oklahoma. ESPN’s Max Olson takes a look at how each team can beat the team that won the conference last year, Oklahoma:

How the Red Raiders can beat OU: Pulling off that feat would require an unbelievable performance from Patrick Mahomes, and he’s certainly capable of those. Mahomes already has thrown for 6,200 yards and 52 touchdowns and rushed for 500 yards and 10 scores, and he did all that in only 17 starts. He did all that while learning on the go as a true freshman and sophomore. He’s a wizard at extending plays and beating defenses with his arm and his smarts. Now he’s a junior.

No defense gave him more trouble last year than the Sooners. Mahomes threw four interceptions in a game that unraveled rapidly and ended up a 63-27 beatdown. He’ll have to be sharper when the Sooners visit Lubbock this fall, and he needs a lot more help. We witnessed that play out in Tech’s losses to Baylor and LSU, too: Mahomes is special, but he can’t do it all by himself.

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