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The Morning Stake | 2018.02.06

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Evans Racks Up Honors. Keenan Evans had a busy day as he was added to the Wooden Award List, was named a Bob Cousy Award Finalist, and received Big 12 player of the week honors yet again.

Texas Tech Ranked #7. Don’t adjust your screens, Texas Tech has climbed to the #7 ranking in both the AP and the USA Today Coaches Poll.

Notebook. A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. has a notebook of items, including Norense Odiase being happy to return to Ft. Worth where he broke his foot two years ago, Evans’ awards yesterday, and how the starting lineup is starting to gel. Here’s a bit from Odiase:

β€œIt was crazy,” said Odiase, a Fort Worth native who finished with two points and five rebounds in 16 minutes of play. β€œAfter the game, my mom was like thank you. Thank God you didn’t break your foot. It was different.

β€œI remember as soon as I got there, I got emotional the night before.”

Miscellaneous. In the only game last night, West Virginia knocked off Oklahoma in Norman last night, their first loss at home . . .

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Curley Commits. Wagoner, Oklahoma linebacker Patrick Curley (6-2/215) was offered a scholarship last night and committed on the spot. I won’t have time to do a full post until tonight or maybe during my lunch hour. Curley had offers from Army, Central Oklahoma, Drake, and Abilene Christian and a preferred walk-on spots at Arkansas and Oklahoma State. You can check out Curley’s highlights at his Hudl page. You can read A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. and InsideTheRedRaiders’ Zach Tanner. Tanner’s has a lot more quotes and details, essentially the staff told Curley that a player for Texas Tech was seeking a 6th year of eligibility (not sure who this is) and that fell through and as a result, they had a spot available.

“They brought me up on an official visit, they had a situation where they were trying to get a scholarship back from the NCAA. They thought they would have it back in time for the visit, so they could offer me on the spot. It wasn’t all done, and it didn’t end up getting all done until tonight, in the nick of time. Coach Spavital has been updating me and my family every day, we’ve been in touch and talked every day since the visit. I knew as long as he was still talking to me, then it was a good sign.”

Signing day is tomorrow, and I still don’t know if there is going to be a ton of fanfare with what happens tomorrow. I just don’t see a lot of guys (other that folks like Curley, who I knew all of the coaches were following on Twitter, but didn’t know about his status).

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