The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.12.28

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So there were some issues yesterday getting into each particular post and I’m not sure what happened. I did go ahead and update all of the plugins and maybe that eventually did the trick. This is where not being able to know exactly what you’re doing in terms of running a website is a problem because I really don’t know what I’m doing. If anyone ever has any WordPress expertise, you can always email me. I almost always need the help.

A couple of more things, you can always reach me by email (to the right) or on Twitter. I can be slow to respond by email, but I almost always answer emails. I don’t get a ton of time to respond on Twitter as I try not to spend a ton of time on that website (because it is a hellhole that I can’t escape) and am trying to create stuff more than falling into a hellhole. The other thing is that this is my very busy time of year at the job that pays the bills so I’m even less available than I normally am. Just stretched a little thin at the moment.

Texas Tech Basketball

Game tonight, 6:00 p.m. at the United Supermarkets Arena. Fireside chat with Chris Beard and special guest, former Red Raider footballer and basketballer, Joey Hawkins.

Let’s check in on Keenan Evans.

CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander has his power rankings, with Kansas at #6, Texas Tech at #8 and Oklahoma at #10:

Texas Tech (10-1) is going to stay right where it was in last week’s rankings. It played Duke to a tight tilt for about 36 minutes, then things got away from Chris Beard’s team. Weirdly, Duke and TTU are the only two teams in the NET top 24 yet to play against a Quad 2 team. TTU won’t have many chances in league play; most opponents will qualify as Quad 1. Last week: No. 8.

NCAA’s Joe Boozell has 7 scary defenders and includes Matt Mooney:

Mooney has been a defensive cog for them all season, interrupting passing lanes and being a general pest to opposing teams’ best players. A transfer, Mooney had averaged more than two steals twice in his career before getting to Lubbock. He’s averaging 2.2 thefts this year while only fouling 1.9 times per game. His technique is so sound that he can get away with playing aggressively; most guys can’t do that.

Texas Tech signee Khalid Thomas has been out this season with a broken foot and he should be back this weekend according to KMVT in Twin Falls, Idaho.

Texas Tech Football

Head coach Matt Wells should be at tonight’s basketball game:

East Valley Tribune’s Zach Alvira talked with newest commit, punter Austin McNamara:

โ€œHe saw me punt live (at Utah State),โ€ McNamara said. โ€œWhen he got to Texas Tech and realized he needed a punter, he called me right away. He told me I was the only punter he was comfortable with and he wanted me.โ€

McNamara went on an official visit to Texas Tech on Dec. 16, just three days before the early signing period began on Dec. 19. He immediately fell in love with everything the university had to offer. From the facilities designated for the football program to the academic buildings he toured while there, he knew it was the right fit.

โ€œThey really care about you and make you want to feel at home,โ€ McNamara said. โ€œThatโ€™s how I felt when I was there. I really liked everything.โ€

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