The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.05.06

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

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Hocutt on Texas Tech Athletics. DallasNews’ Chuck Carlton interviewed Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt where he talks about what the Final Four meant to Texas Tech, extending Chris Beard and Tim Tadlock, the new ESPN+ deal and a bit more. Anyway, here’s a bit on Beard and I’d encourage you to click on over to read the rest.

Hocutt: When you have the best, you want to recognize it and retain the best. We’ve got one of the best in the country in Chris Beard. We wanted to be proactive just like we were last year with the Elite Eight run and this year going further to the championship game appearance. Just look at the market and compensate him appropriately. At the same, just insure with our investment into the basketball program that Chris Beard is going to continue to be our head coach for the foreseeable future. We’ve done that through our investment in him, our investment into the assistant coaches, our investment into the program with the new $30 million Womble basketball center and then also the support we’ve enjoyed from our community with the attendance.

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Big 12 Championship. I think this is a round-robin format as the Red Raiders will initially face No. 6 Kansas in Game 2 and No. 1 seed Oklahoma in Game 3 in Oklahoma City as part of the Big 12 Softball Championship starting this Friday. The ladies finished 4th overall in the Big 12 at 8-10 overall. Last year, this crew was 5-13, so a pretty significant improvement.

Lady Raider Basketball

New Transfer. Sophomore Texas A&M guard Jada Walton (5’11”) is transferring to Texas Tech. Walton averaged 10 minutes a game last year, 1.9 points, half an assist and a rebound and a half last year for the Aggies.

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Sweep. After losing the first of the three-game series with Baylor, Texas Tech has won 8 straight conference games as the Red Raiders swept Oklahoma over the weekend. You can check out the series thread for links and highlights as it has been fully updated as of this morning. Here are the updated Big 12 standings:

Baylor 14-6
Texas Tech 14-7
Oklahoma State 10-8
West Virginia 11-10
Oklahoma 8-10
TCU 8-10
Kansas 8-10
Kansas State 7-11
Texas 6-14

Off all things, Oklahoma State had the weekend off for conference play but was in Corvallis and swept Oregon State, which is great for Texas Tech’s RPI. Kansas swept Texas. For real. Baylor won 2 of 3 from Kansas State and TCU won 2 of 3 from West Virginia.

Texas Tech has two games with Florida International on Tuesday, a double-header, and then hosts TCU the weekend of May 16th through the 18th. This weekend, West Virginia will travel to Kansas State, Kansas will travel to TCU, and Oklahoma State and Oklahoma will Bedlam this weekend.

Texas Tech and Baylor are off for the weekend.

Texas Tech Football

First Pitch. Nice to see Coach Wells get out to the softball game.

Scott Released from Hospital. Thankfully, defensive lineman John Scott III has been released from the hospital. Get well soon.

Carter to Rugers. Congrats to McLane Carter as he’s chosen Rutgers to finish his collegiate career.

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