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The Morning Stake | 2018.02.02

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Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Big 12 released the results from the Big 12 preseason coaches’ poll and your Red Raiders received 61 votes to just barely edge TCU, with 60 votes, and Texas Tech is on top of the preseason poll for the first time since 1999 (first place votes in parentheses).

2018 BIG 12 PRESEASON COACHES’ POLL

1. Texas Tech (5) 61
2. TCU (4) 60
3. Texas 42
4. Oklahoma 40
5. West Virginia 38
6. Kansas 26
Oklahoma State 26
8 Baylor 22
9. K-State 9

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Top 5.

National Player of the Week. CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander designates Texas Tech guard Keenan Evans as the Quicken Loans Player of the Week.

Notebook. A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. has a basketball notebook where he writes about the additional minutes for Josh Webster and how he prepares, that Malik Ondigo is fine, but that Norense Odiase and Tommy Hamilton just played on Wednesday, and Chris Beard bought the students who didn’t get in a lunch and handed out gift certificates. Here’s a bit on Webster’s role and work ethic:

And, as has been the case following home games all-season long, Webster was out on the court taking jumpshots with staff member grabbing rebounds. He was joined by teammate Justin Gray as both continued to perfect their shooting motions after their squad earned an overtime win against the Longhorns about an hour prior.

“I’ve been so impressed with his discipline,” Beard said of Webster. “He’s continued to work out everyday. On game nights, where he doesn’t get a lot of minutes he works out a lot the next day. He works on off days.

“He’s stayed committed to being in the film room, even though sometimes he’s not watching himself. He’s watching Keenan (Evans) or somebody else. He’s just really got his confidence back up.”

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Sykes Gone From Team. A-J Media’s Don Williams reports that defensive back Willie Sykes is no longer with the team.

Miscellaneous . . . Congrats to to former Red Raider footballer Micah Awe who has signed a reserve / futures contract with the New York Jets . . . FWST’s Stefan Stevenson writes about the lawsuit by former TCU receiver Kolby Listenbee against TCU head coach Gary Patterson, TCU and the Big 12 Conference alleging a pattern of abuse and harassment . . .

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