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The Morning Stake | 2018.01.19

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Quantum Leap. This is fantastic and nostalgic for me (speaks to my age). This is a map of all of Dr. Sam Beckett’s quantum leaps.

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Time Change for Oklahoma Game.

Best Chance. SI’s Chris Johnson writes about the teams most likely to win the Big 12 and Kansas is on top, but Texas Tech is second:

Texas Tech is the Big 12’s most prolific turnover-forcer west of West Virginia and it has limited opponents to 43.6% shooting inside the three-point arc, which ranks 14th in Division I. All told, Chris Beard’s group checks in at No. 3 in Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted defensive efficiency metric. Oklahoma supernova Trae Young put up 27 points on the Red Raiders in a 10-point Sooners win in Norman earlier this month, but he needed 23 shots to do it. And while we’re on the subject of Big 12 point guards who merit a tip of the cap from college hoops observers, Texas Tech senior Keenan Evans looks like he might be able to battle Graham for league player of the year honors, non-Young division, even after being thoroughly upstaged by Texas’s Kerwin Roach II during Wednesday nine-point loss to the Longhorns in Austin.

On to Ames. A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes about the quick turnaround as the team heads to Ames for a game against the Cyclones:

Odiase was of the mindset that having the Cyclones road game so quick will allow him to erase the memory of Wednesday’s loss against the Longhorns.

Beard, on the other hand, has a different take.

“I’d rather have more time to prepare,” he said. “I think from a player’s perspective, I think Norense was speaking the truth like he always does. But I think from a coaching standpoint, I’d always like to have more time to prepare.”

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Begin of the Semester. This is offensive line coach Brandon Jones and it got me thinking that the spring semester is about to start and, knock on wood, there has only been one transfer before the start of the spring semester. This seems like a record in the Kingsbury era and perhaps a positive sign for the state of the program. Attrition can be what absolutely kills a program and truthfully, having guys develop is critical for the success of a team like Texas Tech that doesn’t recruit blue chips (only a few programs do, so don’t complain that they don’t). Developing players and keeping them in the program is the absolutely best best way to build a winning program because then, at some point, you have juniors step in for starters who have graduated and not freshmen or redshirt freshmen.

Scott to Alabama. In a twist that I never would have predicted, the Texas Tech defensive backs coach last year, Karl Scott, has been hired at Alabama as it’s defensive backs coach. Scott left Texas Tech to be the defensive coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette, but has now jumped to coach at Alabama.

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