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The Morning Stake | 2017-10-19

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 RedRaiderSports’ Will McKay talks with shooting guard Niem Stevenson about his maturation process since coming from the JUCO ranks:

“The lessons I learned – well, you know I came in from JUCO, and the Big 12 is just a lot tougher. There’s more talent, and it’s a faster pace. I’ve just got to be a smarter player,” said the senior guard. “Limiting my turnovers, being a better defender, and just being there for my teammates. I know it’s not about me.”

Being selfish is something that won’t fly in Chris Beard’s basketball program, and Stevenson understands that now. He understood that changing his regimen, both on the court and off it, simply had to happen if he was going to leave behind the legacy he wanted in college basketball.

“I’ve just bought in. It’s been about spending more time in the gym, working on time management, off the court habits with what I’m doing. I know this is my last year, and I just have to prove to myself that I deserve to be here.”

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  Texas Tech may have found their kicker.

 A-J Media’s Don Williams has a notebook of things, including talking with Travis Bruffy about his return to the team:

Bruffy said he spent about three days at University Medical Center. The timing was terrible. Bruffy was set to be a first-time starter after securing the left-tackle job throughout spring practice and summer and preseason workouts.

“I’m not afraid to say when they told me what I had, I busted out crying,” he said. “The first two games, having to watch them from my house and feeling like I was just a fan, really makes you appreciate what you have.

“The last couple of games since I’ve been back has really been me going out there loving the game and taking advantage of the opportunity I have and being grateful to be back.”

 SI’s Bruce Feldman writes taht Kliff Kingsbury has done the second best job of coaching thus far in the “hot seat division”:

2. Kliff Kingsbury, Texas Tech. The Red Raiders are much improved on defense, and their offense still gives opponents nightmares even after losing star quarterback Pat Mahomes to the NFL. Kingsbury briefly got Tech back in the Top 25 for the first time since 2013.

  Miscellaneous . . . LandGrant Gauntlet’s Chris Ross has a post about the teams that are over-achieving by taking a look at teams who are beating the spread, and two of those top teams are Texas Tech and Iowa State . . . Heartland College Sports’ Matthew Postins previews Texas Tech and Iowa State . . . Athlon Sports Nicholas Ian Allen also previews Iowa State and Texas Tech . . . this was stuck in the middle of the A-J as Ames Tribune’s Dylan Montz writes about the Cyclones looking to have a more consistent offensive line . . .

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