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The Morning Stake | 2018.01.04

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More Kansas Fallout. Winning a game like the Kansas game has meant a ton of press and some new-found recognition for the basketball team and Chris Beard. CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish has his updated college basketball rankings and has Texas Tech at 10th overall, behind #5 West Virginia, #7 Oklahoma, and #8 TCU:

Chris Beard took over a historically bad program in March 2016 and now, in just his second season, has the Red Raiders sitting at 13-1 with a win at Kansas. And the fact that three of Texas Tech’s top four scorers are players he enrolled after getting the job suggests this is something he built more than inherited. I’ve moved the Red Raiders to No. 10 in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one). Kansas is now No. 18. And that TCU team KU will play on the road Saturday remains No. 8 after Tuesday night’s OT win at Baylor.

A long though is being written about Kansas’ streak, which is the consecutive titles the Jayhawks have won in the Big 12, sitting at like 14 or something like that. Here’s ESPN’s Jeff Borzello’s take on the situation.

Top Five Plays.

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Arizona Opening. CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd has the coaching candidates for the open Arizona head coaching position and there are some Red Raider ties, including one of the options being Kliff Kingsbury (this seems incredibly doubtful and give this a .001% chance of happening). Also included is Seth Littrell (used to coach at Arizona) and Mike Leach, who apparently really wanted out of Washington State enough to interview at Tennessee and take that job.

Miscellaneous. Texas A&M wanted LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda to be their defensive coordinator, but LSU upped the ante and gave Aranda a 4-year deal at $2.5 million per year . . . Yesterday was a big day for some players declaring for the NFL draft, including Oklahoma tackle Orlando Brown, UCLA QB Sam Rosen, and USC QB Sam Darnold . . .

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