The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.05.22

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Leading Off

Schedule. The 23 Personnel Podcast guys have their podcast coming up this morning and I’m going to have a very sparse game thread for the Big 12 Championship game against K-State. Also, the videos of the volleyball team and Brittany Brewer were pretty terrific so make sure and check them out.

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Big 12 Championship. No starter announced in the preview. Game thread goes up at noon-ish.

Something to Gain. BaseballAmerica has a look at teams with things to gain this week and includes Texas Tech:

No. 1 seed: Texas Tech (36-15, 16-8): The Red Raiders nipped Baylor for the Big 12 title on the final day of the regular season, boosting their resume to be a top-eight overall seed. Texas Tech can feel good about its positioning now, but it hasn’t won more than one game in the Big 12 Tournament in the last five years and another quick exit could leave it vulnerable if a team such as Georgia Tech or Oklahoma State wins a title this week.

Top 7. D1Baseball looks at the national seeds and Texas Tech has moved up to 7th overall. Just reading your coments, I find it somewhat fascinating how far some of you all look ahead to the regional or super regional rounds. I’m hardly looking ahead past today, especially from a blogging perspective, but I still find it fascinating to see how far you all look ahead.

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Culver Mocked to Cleveland. CBS Sports’ Kyle Boone mocks it up and predicts that Jarrett Culver goes to the Cleveland Cavaliers:

Culver is a terrific all-around player who does a lot of things really well. He can defend at a high level, he can knock down open jumpers, he can handle the ball competently. The concern for Culver is that he’s good at a variety of things but perhaps not great at one single thing. But he’s just 20-years-old and still maturing physically, and last season he was cast in a role he’ll likely never serve again as a No. 1 option. In the right system with the right surroundings, he can be an excellent 3-and-D role player.

More Basketball Feels.

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Future Schedules. DallasNews’ Chuck Carlton writes about how college programs are scheduling out in the future and Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt said that there are fewer options as more teams continue to schedule out:

“It seems to have continued to evolve in the 14 years that I’ve been an athletics director,” Texas Tech’s Kirby Hocutt said. “We continue to get more and more extended in the future related to football scheduling. It does create a challenge.”

While Hocutt has schedule home and homes with Oregon, Oregon State, North Carolina State and Mississippi State for the next decade, he’s also got a worrisome opening on his nonleague schedule for 2021, the only opening through 2028.

“I tell you, there are very, very limited options for us to look at and explore now,” Hocutt said.

Miscellaneous. Via the Star Telegram, former TCU quarterback Shawn Robinson, who transferred to Missouri, has alleged that he should be eligible immediately due to alleged mistreatment while at TCU. This is the second time that a TCU player has alleged mistreatment, the first being Kolby Listenbee, who settled out of court with TCU . . .

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