The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.02.21

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

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Kirby Hocutt Show. RedRaiderSports’ Brandon Soliz recaps the Kirby Hocutt Show from yesterday, where Hocutt details the incredibly busy sports weekend for Texas Tech with basketball hosting Kansas, baseball hosting Kentucky, and the Big 12 track and field championships. Hocutt had this to say about head football coach Matt Wells:

– More on Wells – coach said they’re not focused too much on watching film of the current guys. Wells said it’s about moving forward to the future and not the past. Nelson Mbanasor wanted to transfer but heard about Wells’ established environment and told Nelson that it’s a clean slate for him. What matters will be the film beginning on March 3.

– Hocutt said the players’ confidence is at an all-time high in his eyes.

In a college football world where players quite often transfer, Texas Tech hasn’t had any significant transfers (a back-up walk-on quarterback transferred), while I think I read that Oklahoma State has had 9 transfers thus far this season. We talked about on National Signing Day about how the lack of numbers in a recruiting class could doom Texas Tech and that’s true if a handful of players transfer and you lose depth that way. Right now, that’s not a problem. Player transfers could still happen in the summer, so I’m not counting my chickens just yet.

Staked Plains BBQ. Texas Monthly’s Daniel Vaughn has the Texas barbecue of the staked plains, an almost perfect post for this site:

As you head northwest toward Lubbock out of the small town of Post, the steep road seems to point skyward. Cresting the edge of the Caprock Escarpment, U.S. 84 cuts through the relentlessly flat carpet of prairie atop the Llano Estacado, or Staked Plains. Charles Goodnight, the famous Panhandle cattle rancher, told his biographer that “there is nothing to create an echo” in this land. It’s easier to spot a grain elevator or windmill than a tree interrupting the horizon, so it’s no wonder this region has never had a reputation for really good barbecue. But that’s changed over the past decade.

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Coverage Change. Yesterday, it was noted that the Friday opener was changed from 6:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and the television coverage has changed too, please take note:

Friday: 2 pm – Texas Tech TV
Saturday: 2 pm – Texas Tech TV
Sunday: 1 pm – FSSW+

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Fireside Chat. This week’s episode is with Jarrett Culver. Solid.

Big Board. The Ringer has their initial 2019 NBA Draft Lottery Big Board and your guy Jarrett Culver is #2 on the list:

These aren’t entirely flattering comparisons at the surface (still, both Turner and Porter were top-three picks in their respective drafts). But Culver’s potential for literal growth turns what would normally be commonplace skills for the guards into gemlike rarities for a player 6-foot-8 or above. Culver has the do-it-all, two-way wing skill set at the top of every team’s wish list, but the first thing I’d try to find out if I were a front-office executive is whether or not his growth plates are still open. That could be the difference between a reliable 3-and-D wing and a type of big man the NBA has rarely seen.

This post also linked to a post from The Stepien’s Ben Rubin about the actual height of Jarrett Culver, which is listed at 6’6″ officially and I think he probably is 6’7″ because he does seem a bit taller, but that’s also dependent on the heights of other players being accurate.

Mind-Boggling Stats. BleacherReport’s Kerry Miller has 9 mind-boggling stats from the year and the Texas Tech defense is something to behold:

Texas Tech has the most efficient defense in the country, and it’s not that close. Its adjusted defensive efficiency score of 84.2 is more than a full point better than the closest challenger (Michigan at 85.9).

As a matter of fact, the Red Raiders have the most efficient defense in KenPom history, tied with 2008-09 Memphis (84.2) and narrowly edging out 2014-15 Kentucky (84.4) and 2012-13 Louisville (84.8) for that title.

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Damarcus. The latest player-posted highlight video from Damarcus Fields.

Draft Rankings. CBS Sports’ Chris Trapasso ranked the 26 best linebackers in the 2019 NFL Draft and he has Dakota Allen as the 6th best linebacker of the group, while Trapasso also ranked the receivers and has Antoine Wesley as the 13th best receiver.


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