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The Morning Stake: October 14th

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.


original-double-t This should be a challenge, had no idea that West Virginia was ranked No. 1.

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original-double-tTexas Tech was picked to finish 7th in the Big 12 this year and that’s a bit of a surprise given that Texas Tech went to the NCAA Tournament last year. Kansas was picked to finish first overall, as they should be. When I first saw this, I really couldn’t believe it, but here we are. I guess returning 4 of 5 starters on an NCAA Tournament team doesn’t mean much.

1. Kansas (9)* 81
2. West Virginia 65
3. Texas 59
4. Iowa State (1) 56
5. Baylor 53
6. Oklahoma 40
7. Oklahoma State 32
Texas Tech 32
9. Kansas State 20
10. TCU 12

original-double-tSI’s Jeremy Fuchs looks at the top 100 transfers and Texas Tech has three players on the list, Anthony Livingston at #56, Giovanni McLean at #64 and Shadell Millinghaus at #95. Here’s a bit about Millinghaus, who was really a JUCO guy, but originally played at Southern Miss before going the JUCO route:

A JUCO All-America, Shadell Millinghaus (No. 95) adds some much needed scoring to a Texas Tech team that lost Toddrick Gotcher and Devaugntah Williams. Millinghaus, a 6′ 2″ guard, averaged 16.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and shot 47.5 from the field with Northwest Florida State.


original-double-tLAJ’s Don Williams writes about how the Texas Tech alumni association is welcoming back the Steve Sloan (1975-1977) and Rex Dockery (1978-1980) teams. Make sure and read this. We don’t get enough history and I’m thankful for this. And if you want to watch one of those teams, here is the 1976 Blubonnet beaturing #9 Texas Tech and #13 Nebraska. The intro graphics are ridiculously sick.

original-double-t Some West Virginia links. The Charleston Gazette-Mail’s Mike Casazza writes about Patrick Mahomes and how he makes the offense go. WVU Sports’ Bob Hertzel writes about how the West Virginia ground game needs to excel against Texas Tech.

original-double-t Miscellaneous . . . Sports On Earth’s Matt Brown predicts the national games, including Texas Tech vs. West Virginia and a win for the Red Raiders . . . Football Study Hall’s Bill Connelly has this week’s S&P+ predictions and the numbers have Texas Tech, but the F/+ Projections predict a West Virginia win . . . the ESPN Big 12 Blog Bros pick this week’s games . . . SI’s Stewart Mandel predicts a win for Texas Tech (a relatively easy win) . . . Land Grant Gauntlet’s Zachary Reed previews the week’s game while Stephen Rodriguez has the Big 12 Heisman watch and Chris Ross predicts this week’s game . . .


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