The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.03.22

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Bracket Sponsorship. Well, you all are getting prizes for the top 3 finishers and I’ll announce these prizes when I update the top 10 (and we might highlight the bottom 5 as well) on Monday.

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Texas Tech 11, Michigan 2. The Red Raiders jumped all over the Wolverines in the 5th inning, scoring 6, and they never looked back (Recap | Box Score). I’m updating the series thread when I can (which is hopefully this morning!).

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It’s Time. Dan and LaBarre have something planned for 8, the game day thread goes up at 10.

SportingNews’ John E. Hoover – March Madness 2019: Texas Tech’s Chris Beard has proven perfect coach in Red Raiders’ revival:

Now, Sutton is an aide under Chris Beard at Texas Tech, the Big 12’s newest such champion alongside Kansas State. Sutton sees a direct parallel between the success of Oklahoma State, Kansas and Tech. He knows why Beard’s reclamation project in Lubbock has been so sudden and why, just three years in, it may have staying power.

“He’s made the atmosphere at Texas Tech right now one of the two or three best places in the Big 12 night in and night out,” Sutton said. “I think that was one of his biggest objectives coming in. There was a reason Kansas has won 14 straight championships: It’s one of the toughest places to play every night. It’s hard to beat them. You look back at Oklahoma State, one of the things that made Oklahoma State such a great job was it was sold out every night. One of the best atmospheres in the Big 12, if not the best, during our time there.”

Tulsa World’s Kelly Hines – NCAA Tournament in Tulsa: A year after Elite Eight run, Texas Tech looking for more:

This year’s team has already made a name for itself, winning its first regular-season Big 12 championship in only the third season under Beard.

“We’re trying to build a program, not just to have a good team,” Beard said. “And there’s a big difference. Last year, we had a great run in this tournament. We didn’t want that to define who we are in our program.

“I’ve always been the guy that had a day-to-day plan. Our plan is to execute the process. This team has done that about as well as any team I’ve ever coached.”

USA Today’s George Schroeder – Jarrett Culver is Texas Tech’s homegrown star hoping to lead team on NCAA tournament run:

Culver is the youngest of three very athletic brothers – his oldest brother Trey was a two-time NCAA champion in the high jump at Texas Tech, and middle brother J.J. is a junior basketball player at Wayland Baptist in nearby Plainview, Texas – who grew up competing with and against each other in a variety of sports. He loves gospel music, which comes from his heritage: his father Hiawatha Culver is a pastor and the Texas Tech basketball team’s chaplain.

But Jarrett Culver was lightly recruited out of Coronado – and that includes the university in town. With Tubby Smith as coach, Texas Tech didn’t seem very interested and had not offered a scholarship (although Culver’s father, Hiawatha Culver, says Smith offered a scholarship after taking the job at Memphis). When Beard arrived, he immediately changed that, saying, according to Culver, that he would have pursued him “no matter whether I was in Lubbock or New York or where I was.” And although Culver considered Texas, he ultimately chose to stay home.

“I saw myself playing here,” he says, “and I felt it would be the best opportunity for me.”

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Defensive Line Coach Paul Randolph.

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