The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake: February 26th

You daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.


Men’s Tennis to Play NC State. The men’s team will North Carolina State, the No. 25 team in the nation on Friday at 3:00 pm and then play No. 5 Wake Forest on Sunday. Your Red Raider tennis team is No. 6 in the nation and 14-1 on the year, so this should be a fantastic test for this team:

“We are going to be tested this weekend with two great ACC opponents,” Texas Tech head coach Brett Masi said. “I’m interested to see how we handle playing in a true road setting. We need to step up our doubles this weekend and start playing better in that department. Doubles will really help us set the tone playing on the road.”


Softball Drops Two to Lafayette. The softball team dropped two games to No. 6 Louisiana-Lafayette yesterday, losing the first game, 6-2 and the second game, 11-5.

Track & Field

Indoor Big 12 Championships. The men and women will compete in the Big 12 Indoor Championships starting today at 10:00 a.m. LAJ’s Don Williams (who I think absolutely loves track & field, believe it or not) writes about this weekend’s huge meet:

“I think we really have an outstanding chance,” Tech coach Wes Kittley said Wednesday.

Senior Bradley Adkins from Idalou is the nation’s top-ranked collegiate high jumper, and senior Chris Caldwell and sophomore C.J. Jones have the Big 12’s best times this year in the 60-meter hurdles and the 800 meters, respectively.

The Tech men also stand a good chance to score significant points in the 400, the 1,600-meter relay and the pole vault.

“I think we have a chance to win five or six events,” Kittley said, “but we’ve got to have a good day. I hope we’re ready to roll.”


Belief. LAJ’s Krista Pirtle writes about Texas Tech’s faith in themselves has this team believing that they can win all three remaining games on the schedule:

After coming back from a 12 point deficit to hold off TCU earlier this week, junior forward Aaron Ross attributed that “never back down” mentality to Smith.

“I feel like coach puts confidence in us and makes us feel like we can win every game,” Ross said Wednesday night. “I feel like we can win a lot of games or continue to win games.”

In order to keep his players grounded through both their early struggles and recent successes, Smith reminds them that they’re only as good as their next win.


Do Work.

NFL Combine. If you’d like to follow along with the NFL Combine, Texas Tech has three players participating: DeAndre Washington, Le’Raven Clark and Branden Jackson. Make sure and click on their profiles for analysis from them from the NFL. And from what I can tell on Twitter, Washington benched 225 x 24 times, while Clark only managed 18 reps, but he also had one of the top two arm lengths, 36 1/8″ and huge hands at 11 7/8″.

Miscellaneous. Wreck’Em 24/7’s Carlos Silva, Jr. and Michael LaBarre have their weekly recruiting show (and they drop a bit of knowledge about possible recruiting for basketball as well). . . DMN has a look at possible expansion candidates, looking at pros and cons and everything else . . .


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