The Morning Stake | 2018.03.07

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Texas Tech Softball

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Texas Tech / Kentucky Chat. Baseball America’s Teddy Cahill did a top 25 chat and started out by talking about Kentucky, but also discussed Texas Tech:

Bobby (Ohio): Do you think Texas Tech is still a CWS co tender with injury to Gingery? Who do you see replacing him?

Teddy Cahill: Emphatically, yes. Texas Tech has very impressive depth on that pitching staff. Losing your All-American lefthander is never ideal, but I think the Red Raiders are one of the few teams equipped to overcome that blow. John McMillon has been very impressive as a starter so far and they’ve got options behind him and Davis Martin in Ryan Shetter, Erikson Lanning and Dylan Dusek. As I noted in Off the Bat today (there’s a whole piece about the Red Raiders, if you want more detail), Texas Tech has already used 14 pitchers. They’ve really built up that pitching staff over the past few years and it is paying off right now.

Cahill also addresses Texas Tech being ranked #5 despite records and things like that, Cahill says that teams 3-8 are all pretty close.

Texas Tech Basketball

2nd Team All-American. NCAA’s Andy Katz has his All-American teams and Keenan Evans makes hsi 2nd team:

Keenan Evans, Texas Tech: Evans was one of the main reasons the Red Raiders had a special season. Evans averaged 17.4 points and 3.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists a game. The Red Raiders defended extremely well under Chris Beard’s coaching but Evans was a difference maker for this squad. If Texas Tech advances deep in March, look for Evans to be the reason why.

Beard, Evans and Smith Receive More Honors. The official site notes that Keenan Evans was named the USBWA All-District Player of the Year, Chris Beard was the Coach of the Year and Zhaire Smith received All-District honors.

Tubby Talk. CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish is reporting that current Memphis coach Tubby Smith may be on his way out and on his way in is possibly Penny Hardaway, the former Memphis Tiger and NBA’er. This would be a significant change for Memphis that went out and hired Smith from Texas Tech two years ago. Oh, and Parrish is a Memphis resident and he was on top of Smith when he left Texas Tech a few years ago. What a turn of events.

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