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The Morning Stake | 2018.02.23

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Beard with the Media. RedRaiderSports’ Will McKay and A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. have quotes from Chris Beard’s press conference with the media, one of the highlights is that Beard says that Keenan Evans’ toe isn’t getting any worse by playing, it’s a pain tolerance situation, and this is from McKay’s post about stopping Kansas’ transition offense:

-I asked Coach Beard, with the way Oklahoma State did such a great job of hitting open threes in transition, how important it was to learn a lesson from what happened in Stillwater considering that Kansas has three point shooters all over the court and will play fast and try to hit transition threes as well:

“It’s what keeps me up at night. It’s why I can’t sleep,” he said. “They have four three point shooters on the floor at all times, and they play with great spacing. So, we’ve got to get back on defense. If we try to play a full court, fast break game? Start the bus. If we can get it into a controlled deal a little bit, we can play with teams like this. It starts with your offense. You can have the best defense in basketball, but if you hand the ball to the other team, or if you take a bad shot, get your shot blocked, it puts impossible pressure on your defense. Our defense starts with our offense, and it has to have maximum effort sprinting back. Can’t take one play off in terms of effort. Then, you’ve got to get back and build your defense. So yeah, I’m really worried about that, but I am with every game.”

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Shimonek Preparing for NFL Draft. FWST’s Drew Davison writes about how former Texas Tech quarterback Nic Shimonek is literally following in the footsteps of his friend Patrick Mahomes:

So it’s no surprise that Shimonek is mimicking everything Mahomes did a year ago. As Shimonek said, β€œIt’d be stupid if I didn’t do everything Pat did. He went from second- or third-round to 10th overall. He set a blueprint for me and I’m using that to my advantage as much as I can.

β€œMe and Pat are best friends. I talk to him all the time, just about every day. I’m a very curious person and I was picking his brain and seeing what he was doing. So I knew what to expect going into it.”

Shimonek did everything Mahomes did going into the draft. He hired the same agent, Leigh Steinberg. He’s training at EXOS in Carlsbad, California, and working with the same quarterbacks coach, Mike Sheppard, to prepare for next week’s NFL Scouting Combine and his pro day next month.

Interview with BJ Symons. Heartland College Sports’ Pete Mundo has an audio interview with former Texas Tech footballer BJ Symons.

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