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The Morning Stake: February 1st


Lady Raider Basketball


Again, it appears that TCU, Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are the only teams that are really in the mix in regards to the preseason rankings this year.

Red Raider Basketball

LAJ’s Krista Pirtle writes about what has and has not worked in regards to Texas Tech and Big 12 play and maybe the most important thing is the focus during practices:

That focus seemed lapsed against Kansas and Oklahoma State as Tech defenders went under screens set for sharp shooters Frank Mason III and Phil Forte III instead of following them over the top and forcing them to drive.

“When we really focus on the scouting report, we have a way better chance are way more comfortable and play better,” Thomas said. “Sometimes we just don’t focus as much as we should on the scouting report. That’s not on the coaches. That’s on the players. We have to focus on the scouting report because the coaches do a heck of a job preparing that.”

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ZagsBlog’s Adam Zagoria reports that Daniel Mading is set to visit Providence and Texas Tech in February, visiting Texas Tech the weekend of February 11th-14th. Mading was originally set to commit to Arizona State, but then backed out and is also said to be interested in Butler, Cal, Oregon State, TCU, Nebraska, Penn State, Colorado State and Drexel.

“Daniel Mading’s potential is scary,” said Brandon Howell, his AAU coach with Team Belief. “Standing 6’9-6’10, he’s long and athletic with length to disrupt opponents on the offensive end, which is a gift. Daniel has improved his handles tremendously while handling the ball [in an effort] to develop into a 2-3 long-term. Everyone knows he can stretch the floor but being an elite defender, adding weight and developing into a two guard are the goals, and will benefit any program.”


Athlon Sports’ Allen Kenney has the top ten players that will be tough to replace in the Big 12 and the one and only Patrick Mahomes makes the list:

Texas Tech’s 2016 game plan: “Let’s see what Pat can do.” Kliff Kingsbury essentially put his entire team’s fortunes in the hands of Mahomes. The Red Raiders’ gifted QB couldn’t do it all often enough to get Tech bowl-eligible, but he thrilled audiences trying. Whoever takes snaps in Lubbock next year probably has the biggest shoes to fill of anyone in the entire Big 12.


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