The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: 2016.01.06

The Lady Raiders hosts Oklahoma State and looks for their first conference win. The men take on Iowa State in Ames and some end of season things for the football team.

Sounds Like a Pretty Good Little Deal.

Chess in the Final Four. Via the LAJ, the Knight Raiders, Texas Tech’s chess team, won the 2015 Pan-American Intercollegiate Chess Championship for the first time in it’s history and will play in the Final Four in April.

Lady Raiders Host Oklahoma State. Via the official site, the Lady Raiders will host Oklahoma State and look for their first conference win of the year. As mentioned above, tickets are only $6.30, which sounds like a great deal.

“Oklahoma State, like every team we will face in the Big 12, is a good team,” Texas Tech head coach Candi Whitaker said. “It’s important that we play the way we are capable of playing and control the tempo. Oklahoma State will guard you very well, and they are big inside–they rebound the ball well. Because of that, we need to make sure we are boxing out and attacking the glass.”

LAJ’s Nicholas Talbot has a quick preview of the game.

  • LAJ’s Krista Pirtle has a preview of the game, discussing the Cyclone starters, the short Iowa State bench and playing in Hilton Coliseum.
  • The Gazette takes a look at Iowa State forward Georges Niang and how he’s improved over the course of his career.

  • ESPN’s Brandon Chatmon has Texas Tech’s season report card. The offense gets an A+, the defense gets an F and an overall game of C+:

    Tech had some great moments — a road win at Arkansas, Mahomes going toe-to-toe with TCU’s Trevone Boykin — and some disappointing times, like getting overwhelmed by Baylor, Oklahoma and LSU. But, overall, Tech took a step forward in 2015 by returning to a bowl game. If Gibbs can improve the defense and push that side of the ball into the middle of the Big 12 pack next season, it’s not crazy to think the Red Raiders could make a run at a conference title.

  • ESPN’s Jake Trotter has his Big 12 All-Bowl team and Jakeem Grant and Taylor Symmank make the team.
  • The AP also has an all-bowl team and that includes Jakeem Grant.
  • Via TexAgs, the Aggies’s athletic director, Eric Hyman, has stepped down, or resigned or something like that. Some folks that this means that this puts TAMU on full meltdown mode, but my old man, who is an Aggie, was indifferent about him being fired. If anything, this makes me think that the Aggies and Longhorns will be in a bidding war for Tom Herman at this time next year.
  • Former TAMU quarterback Kyle Allen will transfer to Houston and be eligible for the 2017 season. Texas Tech plays Houston in the 2017 season.

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