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The Morning Stake | 2018.04.02

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Win Over Ranked Opponent. For the first time since 2015, the Texas Tech softball team beat a ranked opponent, beating No. 25 Oklahoma State 4-3 on Friday. Texas Tech was down 3-1 in the bottom of the 7th before clawing back and this team was incredibly happy about the win. As Coach Gregory said after the game, you want to believe in the process and all of htat, but at some point, you want the process to stuff it and you want results, you want wins. The softball team lost on Sunday, but in building a program from the ground up, you take these small wins.

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Texas Tech Wins Series vs. West Virginia. You can read the series thread for updates on all of the games. Texas Tech lost the first game, 1-0, but came back and won the 2nd and 3rd games by 3 runs each, 4-1 and 8-5. Texas Tech is now 3-3 on the year, which is middle of the pack, while Oklahoma is 6-0 leading the way. I’m sure LaBarre will get you caught up later this week. Texas Tech will play New Mexico State in Midland and then play in Lawrence over the weekend.

National Seed. Via BaseballAmerica, they are still projecting that Texas Tech is a national seed, 8th overall and would host through the super regional round. Also, please note how the national seeds are a bit different this year.

It is also important to remember that this season the way the Field of 64 is constructed has changed. No longer does the selection committee choose eight national seeds and then pair them with another host side based primarily on geography. Instead, they will seed all 16 host sites and pair the regionals accordingly. That means No. 1 seeds from the same conference can be paired together for super regionals, as occurs in this projection in the 7-10 matchup between Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

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Easter Dinner Update. I think Jett Duffey is going to be okay.

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Perfect Fit. ProFootballFocus picked the teams (irrespective of where they would be drafted) that the top ten receivers would be drafted and PFF picked Tampa Bay for Keke Coutee:

Team fit: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Adam Humphries ranked just 39th in the league with an average of 1.18 yards per route run from the slot and the Bucs would do well to target a more explosive playmaker for the role going forward. Coutee would be just that, as he racked up 1,265 yards from the slot at Texas Tech last year, best in the class, and forced 39 combined missed tackles after the catch in 2016 and 2017. He was also one of the top deep threats in college football, putting up 542 receiving yards on targets at least 20 yards downfield on just 18 deep targets.

Miscellaneous. Baylor paid Art Briles $15 million to walk away from Baylor as part of a severance package and I can’t believe that Baylor paid Briles $15 million to walk away . . .

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