The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.03.29

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Links! I’m doing the links all here rather in the post game thoughts post.

A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. – Moretti, Culver combine for 37 points to lead No. 9 Red Raiders to win over Michigan:

“It’s amazing man because I wanted, so bad, for my brother to see me play with Texas Tech so he could live the moment with me,” Moretti said of his brother, known as “Lil Moro,” who he would call and describe his games to on a weekly basis. “I want to ask him what he saw and all the details that I was used to describing to him. … Just to have a deep conversation is going to be special.

“I can’t believe they were able to come for the next few days to see my play. Just unbelievable.”

The Red Raiders (29-6) — picked by Big 12 coaches to finish seventh in the conference — advanced to their second straight Elite Eight under coach Chris Beard.

SI’s Greg Bishop – Texas Tech–Michigan Produced More Jokes Than Points, but It Doesn’t Matter for the Red Raiders:

By the time the final horn had sounded, the Red Raiders had scratched out a more-than-respectable 63 points in their Sweet 16 victory. On this night, that marked an offensive explosion, the this-game equivalent of the Chiefs’ offense in 2018. It was possible, responsible even, to admire their defense, their scheme and the way their players executed said scheme, throttling Michigan’s offense in a death grip of steals and blocks and smothering D. It was possible to look at Texas Tech and see a team that could not only beat Gonzaga on Saturday but win the national championship. “We guarded at a high level,” said Texas Tech coach Chris Beard, in what might be the understatement of the tournament.

ESPN’s Myron Medcalf – Texas Tech passes Michigan exam … but bigger test awaits:

Now, Texas Tech, which plays the best defense in America, will face Gonzaga, the best offense in the country, in a Saturday battle that could send the Red Raiders to the first Final Four in the history of the program.

“Yeah, I’m already kinda shaking, thinking about how good Gonzaga is, but I didn’t know they were the best team offensively,” Beard told ESPN after the game. “I’ve got great respect for their coach and their program, as does everybody in our locker room. We’ll have to guard at a high level because that’s who we are. I’ve always thought when you get to this tournament you’ve gotta be who you are. That’s obviously who we are, and we gotta figure out a way to score some points, too.”

The Detroit News’ james Hawkins – ‘A bad day’: Michigan season ends with a thud in 19-point loss to Texas Tech:

By time halftime rolled around, Michigan found itself trailing, 24-16, after a miserable half where it shot 28 percent, went 0-for-13 on jump shots (0-for-9 from 3-point range) and had as many turnovers (seven) as made field goals.

“They really have a great (defensive) plan, which we don’t see much, really pushing everything to the baseline,” Beilein said. “We just weren’t good at that. We picked up our dribble. There were a lot of things we worked on in two days of practice, but we couldn’t get far enough to make a difference because that team practiced that defense for six months.”

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Saturday Scrimmage. The scrimmage will be Saturday at 2:00 p.m., which is perfect timing as the basketball game is a bit past 5:00 p.m. Also interesting on this tweet is that Keenon Ward commented on this with a “Straight up” tweet.

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