The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: March 1st

Your morning update to all things Texas Tech athletics, including the baseball and Lady Raider basketball teams in action today.

Lady Raider Basketball

Regular Season Ends Against Oklahoma. The Lady Raiders will end their regular season against Oklahoma, tonight at 6:30 pm at the United Supermarkets Arena:

“Our focus right now is continuing to get better,” Texas Tech head coach Candi Whitaker said. “We are focused on getting experience for our young players. We have seen some lightbulbs come on at times as of late. Our sole focus is playing well, and getting better every single practice and every single outing. It would be huge for us to play well against Oklahoma and build some momentum going into the Big 12 Tournament.”

LAJ’s Carlos Silva, Jr. previews today’s game against Oklahoma.

Dean Wins Another. Freshman guard Japreece Dean wins her 6th, yes, 6th, Big 12 Newcomer of the Week:

Dean averaged 17 points, three rebounds and 4.5 assists last week in Tech’s loss to Texas and win over Kansas. She dropped 17 points against the Longhorns, and has now averaged 19 points and four assists in her two meetings with Texas this season. Against Kansas, she hit the 17-point mark again, aided by a 7-7 clip at the free throw line, to go along with four rebounds and four assists. She had the assist on the basket that put Tech up 63-58 late, and hit the free throws to seal the win.

Baseball

Time Change. Texas Tech announced that Texas Tech will play Cal State Fullerton at 11:30 amon Saturday and 12:00 pm on Sunday. Texas Tech takes on New Mexico State today and wednesday, first pitch is at set for 6:30 pm.

Basketball

Bracketology Update. ESPN, CBS Sports and USA Today have all updated their bracketology. ESPN has Texas Tech as an 8 seed and CBS Sports and USA Today have Texas Tech as a 7 seed.

Post-Season Awards. The Wichita Eagle’s Kellis Robinett considers the post-season awards race for the Big 12:

But after Kansas defeated Texas Tech to secure at least a share of its 12th consecutive league championship, Smith deflected praise back onto Self.

“He deserves coach of the year,” Smith said of Self. “I think he’s done a fantastic job.”

It is a fascinating debate. Kansas is the best team in the Big 12, which has never been stronger. But the Jayhawks were picked to win the league. Texas Tech owns seventh place in the league standings, but it has exceeded expectations. Who is the more deserving coach? A compelling argument could be made both ways.

It Wasn’t Huggy. WV Sports’ Greg Madia writes that West Virginia head coach Bob Huggins said yesterday that it wasn’t him that voted Texas Tech to finish last:

“I didn’t pick them last, for the record,” Huggins said during the Big 12 coaches teleconference Monday morning.

“Anyone that knows Tubby (Smith), and Tubby and I go back a long way, knows that he would get it going. It was a matter of those guys he recruited being able to mature a bit and understand what he wanted done.”

Football

Do Work.

Miscellaneous. DMN’s Mike DuPont writes about the three critical games for Texas Tech in 2016 . . .

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