The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.05.21

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

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Busy Day. What a huge honor for Brittany Brewer, to be named to part of the Pan Am roster. Huge congrats to her and also congrats to Felicity Maltby who advanced to the singles round of 32 with a win yesterday.

Texas Tech Vet School. I meant to mention this yesterday, but on Friday the Texas legislature’s budget included $17.4 million to establish a veterinary school at Texas Tech in Amarillo, despite Texas A&M and their Chancellor, John Sharp, best efforts to torpedo what is best for the state rather than being selfish in wanting to have the state’s only veterinary school. I think there are one or two small hurdles for this to be officially-official, but I think for all intents and purposes, this is a done deal. Congrats to all of the folks for making this happen.

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National Seed Chatter. BaseballAmerica’s Teddy Cahill held a chat yesterday and talked about Texas Tech’s national seed chances, over Oklahoma State and Georgia Tech:

Tyler (Lubbock): With Tech and Oklahoma state playing well right now does the big 12 have a shot at 2 national seeds or will it be either Tech or OSU?

Teddy Cahill: Two would probably require those two to face off in the Big 12 Tournament title game or a collapse from East Carolina and/or someone else. A lot to like about Oklahoma State’s resume now, but the Cowboys still finished third in the Big 12 and are 11-8 against top 50 RPI teams. East Carolina, Georgia Tech and Texas Tech all have been better against top 50 teams (and on the road) and finished higher in their conferences. So Oklahoma State has some work to do to get on to the top eight seed line.

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ed (Lubbock, TX): With Texas Tech being the outright champions in the #2 RPI conference, are they a Top 8 lock now? I realize there are 10 really strong teams with really strong resumes fighting for those 8 but seems the committee would reward a Conference Champion over say Ga Tech or Stanford (assuming they dont fight back to catch UCLA.) Or does Tech need to still win more in OKC.

Teddy Cahill: I think Texas Tech is a top-eight overall seed right now but it is not a lock. As I just said, Georgia Tech still has a chance to be a conference champion itself. So an 0-2 in Bricktown would not be advisable, but it could be survivable, depending on what happened around Texas Tech.

Dallas Wins newcomer of the Week.

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Hampton Cuts Kentucky. Via The Kansas City Star’s Gary Bedore, incoming freshman R.J. Hampton has cut Kentucky from his list of potential landing places, leaving only Memphis, Kansas, and Texas Tech, the only place that Hampton would need to visit would be Texas Tech:

R.J. Hampton, a 6-foot-5 point guard from Little Elm (Texas) High School, attended the KU-Baylor game on March 9 at Allen Fieldhouse. He also has visited Memphis.

โ€œIโ€™m thinking that he may visit Kansas with Jalen (Wilson, who asked out of his letter-of-intent at Michigan last week and will visit KU on May 30),โ€ Rod Hampton told 247Sports.com on Monday. โ€œWe donโ€™t need to visit Kansas or Memphis, but the next couple of days heโ€™s going to decide where Texas Tech stands. If heโ€™s serious about that, then weโ€™ll go visit,โ€ Rod Hampton added.

Rod Hampton told 247sports.com that his son will likely make his college choice โ€œthe first week of June.โ€

Post-Combine Mock Draft. SI’s Jeremy Woo mocks it out after the NBA Combine and thinks that Jarrett Culver could go 4th to the Lakers:

Thereโ€™s some intrigue as to what the Lakers might decide to do with this pick, as itโ€™s probably more valuable to them as an asset to trade for established talent than in the form of a rookie, given the impetus to win now with LeBron. If they do make the pick, Culver would be the best guy left on the board. Heโ€™s made big strides over the past two seasons, and if he can improve his shooting, thereโ€™s a chance he can be a real part of a teamโ€™s foundation. Thereโ€™s not much flash to his game and heโ€™s not an explosive athlete, but Culver does offer a pretty appealing floor.

Moretti Needs a Rebounder.

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