The Morning Stake | 2018.03.15

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Texas Tech Falls to Louisville. Texas Tech was ahead most of this game, but allowed Louisville to score 3 in the 6th and 1 each in the 7th and 8th innings to allow the Cardinals to take the lead and eventually win the game 7-4 (box score). Really kinda more of the same for the pitching staff, and not in a good way, too many walks (7 total) and with so many young guys on the mound and playing so many games in a handful of days (5 games in 6 days) it catches up with you. Ryan Sublette took the loss, only getting 2 out in the 6th and allowing 3 runs. The offense only managed 5 hits all day long and 3 of Texas Tech’s runs came on a Cameron Warren home run in the first inning.

Texas Tech stays on the road and will play Baylor to open up Big 12 play.

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Lean on Defense. Texas Football’s David Ubben takes a look at the Red Raiders and here’s one of the four items discussed by Ubben:

3. Is this the year the defense breaks through? All the pieces are there for the Red Raiders to make the leap defensively the program has been waiting on for at least a decade. At times, it’s felt impossible for Texas Tech to field a coherent defense. But this year, 10 starters return. Nose tackle Mych Thomas is the only player gone from last year’s unit, and 20 of the 22 players in last year’s defensive depth chart return. There’s as much continuity on the defense in Lubbock than on any unit in the country. Plus, coordinator David Gibbs is back for an unprecedented (seriously) fourth season running the Red Raiders’ defense. Last year, Tech jumped from 126th nationally in yards per play to 77th. If that progress continues, expect it to pay off in the win-loss column. We’ll get a sense of how good this defense could be in Tech’s three public scrimmages. The first is March 24 in Midland, followed by an April 7 game in Frisco and the final spring game April 14 in Lubbock.

Miscellaneous. Via CollegeFootballTalk, the Big 12 will have a revenue of $371 million for the last fiscal year and will distribute $34.3 million to each school, but 25% of Baylor’s share is withheld while the school is investigated (the SEC paid its members $41 million each) . . .

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