The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.05.25

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Leading Off

The men’s golf team will participate in the NCAA Championship, the 12th of its program history, at Karsten Creek in Stillwater, Oklahoma (TexasTech). Texas Tech is the 10th seed out of thirty teams competing:

“The message doesn’t change. Control the controllables,” Texas Tech head coach Greg Sands said. “Committing to the shot, staying patient, and being aggressive when necessary. We just need to be us. We’ve been a good enough team all year, so the approach isn’t going to change now.”

Congrats to Gabriela Talaba for advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Singles Championships, taking down Michaela Gordon from Stanford (TexasTech). Talaba is the first person in program history to do this, so a huge deal for her and Texas Tech. Sarah Dvorak and Sabrina Federici lost in doubles to a pair from North Carolina and Felicity Maltby lost in singles to a player from Vanderbilt. The ladies program finished No. 9 overall and was top 10 for the second straight year (TexasTech).

The track and field program is in Sacramento participating in the NCAA West Regional where five student athletes have advanced to national in Eugene, Oregon (TexasTech).

Texas Tech Basketball

Kevin McCullar has named where he’ll take his official visits, Kansas State (June 10-12), Texas Tech (June 13-15), Louisville (June 21-23), Houston (June 21-23) and Virginia Tech (June 27-29) (Twitter).

Also, don’t forget that Both Gach (6’7″) (I accidentally misspelled his name earlier in the week and apologize for that) and Keonte Kennedy (6’4″) are set to decide soon. Kennedy is supposed to decide on Saturday, so we should get some answers on some of these final scholarship spots pretty soon.

Texas Tech will play Arkansas in the 2019 SEC/Big 12 Challenge on January 26th, 2019 in Lubbock, your home to kick ass basketball (TexasTech).

Texas Tech Football

Well, Jacob Zeno has committed to Baylor, which was somewhat expected given how the winds were blowing the last few weeks. This means that Texas Tech will need to put the press on Maverick McIvor, which is pretty much what I wrote yesterday morning. And if you might be thinking that McIvor may not know that Texas Tech needs to make McIvor the highest of priorities, well, SanAngeloLive has a headline that reads, “After Losing Top QB Recruit, Central’s McIvor is Only Option for Tech”:

McIvor will weigh his options throughout the summer with trips to Lubbock, Duke and the University of North Carolina planned ahead of the 2018 season.

Recruiting is a finnecky business and McIvor, a true student-athlete, could decide to pledge to a school with renowned academics like former Central stars Adam West and Henry Teeter, who chose Harvard and Holy Cross respectively.

The Texas Tech coaching staff, including head coach Kliff Kingsbury, are set to conduct a Q&A session at the Angelo Football Clinic on June 13.

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