The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.03.06

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Leading Off

Spring Break. The family and I are going to San Diego to see my sister and go to Disney Land with the boys for spring break. I’m still going to be around but will be largely out of pocket during the day.

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Lady Raider Basketball

Defeating Oklahoma on Senior Night. Congrats to the Lady Raiders for defeating Oklahoma on senior night, the lone senior being Zuri Sanders, who went out in absolute style, 15 points, and 14 rebounds to finish out her career at home. Chrislyn Carr finished with 26 points and Sydney Goodson dropped 20. The ladies will play Oklahoma again as part of the Big 12 Tournament on Friday, March 9th, tip is at 6:00 p.m. and the game will be on FCS. Thus far, the Ladies are 13-16 on the year, 4-14 in Big 12 play. Last year, they finished 7-23 and 1-17 in conference play.

Texas Tech Baseball

Texas Tech 5, San Diego 1. The Red Raiders dropped the Aztecs last night 5-1 (box score) behind some nice pitching and a big 7th inning. Bryce Bonnin got the start but wasn’t as sharp as he was the last time out, going 4 innings, allowing just 1 run, 3 hits, walking 6, and striking out 4. Micah Dallas gets the win in relief, going 2 innings, and allowing 1 hit, 1 walk while striking out 5. Dane Haveman, Taylor Floyd, and Clayton Beeter would each pitch an inning to finish out the game. Josh Jung would start the scoring with a single to left to score Cody Masters. Dylan Neuse would double to left to score Brian Klein in the 6th, while the Red Raiders would score 3 in the 7th with a Cody Masters single to score Dru Baker, a Brian Klein single to score Masters, and a Neuse single to score Jung.

Today’s game is set for 3:00 p.m. with no television broadcast, but you can follow along with the live stats.

FanGraphs Draft Board. If baseball analytics is your thing, then check out FanGraphs draft rankings update, with an update on Josh Jung, who they think is the third best college hitter in the draft and the 10th best player in the draft. It’s largely a subscription-based site, but this article and the draft board are free.

Texas Tech Basketball

The Streak is Over. Oklahoma defeated Kansas last night, 81-68, officially ending Kansas’ run as conference champion for the past 14 years. The Big 12 will be won by either Kansas State or Texas Tech, with Kansas State only having a home game against Oklahoma remaining, while Texas Tech travels to Ames to take on Iowa State. Both Texas Tech and Kansas State are 13-4, so a win or a loss by either team will determine who wins or shares the Big 12 title. I don’t say this tongue-in-cheek, but congrats to Kansas on a hell of a run.

West Award Finalist.

Team on Three.

5th Star for Ramsey? Rivals’ Eric Bossi wonders if Texas Tech signee Jahmius Ramsey should maybe receive a 5th star in the recruiting rankings.

This has been made even more clear to me watching the Texas Tech-bound Ramsey lead Duncanville (Texas) High to the state semifinals over these past few weeks. He’s been dominant and has made a strong case for five-stars.

But, if we elevate him we either have to find somebody who is pretty equal to drop or we are in danger of having a pretty inordinate amount of five-stars. Keep in mind, history has also shown us that a few five-stars from the 2020 class will end up reclassifying up a year so it presents a bit of a dilemma. Do we get really strict about five-star status in 2019 and start taking away fifth stars from prospects or do we just accept that it’s a bit of a funky year and that we may end up with 35 or so five-stars? It’s something we’ll be spending a lot of time discussing over the next month or so.

Texas Tech Football

Practice #2.

Boyd on the Class. SportsTreatise’s Ian Boyd mainly writes for Inside Texas as well as Football Study Hall, but has his own site, where he breaks down the 2019 recruiting class for Texas Tech and I think that he gives the class a pretty good assessment overall, the only real ding was the result of lack of numbers at defensive back.

Filani Back. RedRaiderSports’ Brandon Soliz wrote about Joel Filani’s media availability from Sunday:

Filani, who worked with offensive coordinator David Yost before at Washington State, isn’t too familiar with coach Wells. Filani said his time spent as a graduate assistant at Boise State introduced him to Wells as Boise State is in the Mountain West Conference, the same league as Utah State, Wells’ previous stomping grounds.

“For me, I wanted to come back, but not with the wrong guy,” Filani said. “I think coach Wells is going to do a good job here. From the brief time I got to know him before, he seems like a nice guy, a genuine guy who’s going to work hard and love on the kids and do things right.”

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