The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.04.24

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

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The women’s track team is ranked No. 17 in the nation while the men have reached the No. 2 ranking (via official site).

The women’s tennis team finished 2nd in the Big 12, 7-2 overall, and will play Kansas State on Friday as part of the Big 12 Tournament (via official site).

The men’s golf team is in sixth place, 15 shots off the lead at the Big 12 Championship at Southern Hills Country Club (via official site).

Texas Tech Baseball

Texas Tech is taking on No. 7 Arkansas for two games, tonight at 6:30 p.m. and tomorrow evening at 6:00 p.m. with the game to be broadcast on the SEC Network Plus today and the SEC Network on Wednesday (via official site). Texas Tech will run out freshman Ryan Sublette for today’s game (0-1, 8.68) and Arkansas will start Jackson Rutledge (3-0, 2.08). Both teams have TBA for tomorrow’s match-up.

A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. previews this mid-week series against the Razorbacks:

Texas Tech will try to erase the memory of the loss to the Sooners, and look to begin a new positive roll, starting with a two-game road midweek series against No. 7 Arkansas in front of up to 10,000 fans at Baum Stadium. The first contest is set for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and will conclude with a getaway game at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

“Every time we step out there, it’s an opportunity,” said Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock, who’s guided his squad to a 32-9 overall mark this season. “It’s an opportunity for each guy to get in those moments and have a chance to go play and compete. That’s really how we need to look at Tuesday and Wednesday right now.”

D1Baseball and Baseball America have Texas Tech as the No. 4 team in the nation with Arkansas, the next opponent, checking in at No. 7 for D1 Baseball and No. 8 for Baseball America.

Josh Jung was named the Big 12 player of the week this week (via official site):

Jung, a San Antonio native, recorded 10 hits over four games last week, with seven going for extra bases, the most of any conference player during that stretch. He totalled two doubles, two triples and three homers, two coming in the same game at New Mexico on April 17.

Texas Tech Basketball

Buy your very own Staking The Plains t-shirt at the Staking The Plains Threadless Shop. Click on that danged shirt (or the link).

It’s time to celebrate as tonight at the United Supermarkets Arena (the City Bank Room) at 6:00 p.m. you can join the Texas Tech basketball team for what is being termed as a special celebration on Texas Tech’s Elite Eight run in the NCAA Tournament. Head coach Chris Beard and Fran Fraschilla will be in attendance and they’re going to buy you pizza (via TexasTechMBB via Twitter).

Texas Tech and Khavon Moore made it official as the 6’8″ forward has signed his National Letter of Intent (via official site):

Moore averaged 22 points and nine rebounds per game during his junior season. He is a multi-dimensional wing player that can play three positions on both sides of the floor. Moore possesses a strong ability to play on the ball, create for others and is a volume rebounder. He has amassed over 2,000 career points during his high school career.

Moore is the ninth Top 100 high school player to sign with Texas Tech under third-year head coach Chris Beard and is the fifth Top 100 member to commit to the Red Raiders in the Class of 2018. The list includes Deshawn Corphew, Kyler Edwards, Tariq Owens and C.J. Roberts.

Texas Tech Football

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton had some interesting things to say about the quarterbacks as part of the 2018 NFL Draft (via New Orleans Advocate’s Joel A. Erickson):

“With regards to the quarterback class this year, this is just us, the Saints, the guy we had graded very high last year was Mahomes,” Payton said. “I don’t know that I see that player in this class.”

Kansas City traded ahead of New Orleans to take Mahomes at No. 10, but if the Bills had taken Lattimore, the Texas Tech quarterback would be a Saint, according to Payton.

“We would have taken Mahomes,” Payton said. “And had both of them been there, we would have taken Lattimore. We had the higher grade on the corner.”

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