The Morning Stake | 2018.12.26

Leading Off

I hope you wanted scholarship eligibility charts for Christmas because you’ll be getting a whole mess of them. Maybe not today, but soon.

And let us know what Texas Tech swag you got for Christmas. I got a sweet red long-sleeve old school double-t shirt that I haven’t take a picture of, but it looks great.

Lady Raider Basketball

The Lady Raiders won their 8th game of the year while I took a break, taking down Southern 75-55, which eclipses last year’s win total of 7. Brittany Brewer led the way with 21 points and 13 boards and freshman Chrislyn Carr scored 19 in 19 minutes, while Sydney Goodson had 16.

Texas Tech Baseball

I don’t know what NCAA Baseball Fans is, but they have Texas Tech ranked 3rd in their preseason poll.

Texas Tech Basketball

Texas Tech checked in at #11 in this week’s AP Top 25 poll. You’re probably wondering why Texas Tech moved up a spot and it’s really because North Carolina dropped a couple of spots, from 9 to 14, and Auburn also dropped from 7th to 12. So for those of you looking for the logic in losing to Duke but moving up the polls, movement is usually because of what other teams do too. CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish gets his poll attack on AP voter Damien Sordelett, who had Texas Tech ranked 9th before the Duke game, but then ranked the Red Raiders 25th after what was a competitive game. Parrish does all of the heavy lifting there:

For the millionth time — STOP PUNISHING TEAMS FOR LOSING COMPETITIVE GAMES THEY’RE SUPPOSED TO LOSE. You shouldn’t have to beat No. 1 to prove you’re worthy of being No. 16. If you wanted to move Texas Tech after the Duke game, truth is, it would’ve made more sense to move the Red Raiders up instead of down. And it makes no sense to move them down nine spots.

This is not a hard concept to grasp.

Put some respect on Chris Beard’s name.

SI’s Jeremy Woo has the breakout stars for 2019 and Jarrett Culver is prominently displayed:

Stepping in comfortably for the departed Keenan Evans, Culver has engineered an undefeated run to begin the season for the Red Raiders, who continue to prove their success is sustainable under Chris Beard. His smooth, crafty game and hot shooting have been the catalyst, and he’s gone from role-playing wing to standout combo guard in no time. Texas Tech can lean on its fearsome defense during conference play, but when thrust into big moments, expect the ball to find Culver’s hands. His play will be the key to another deep March run.

Coach Adams brings it from Christmas eve. Pretty funny.

Texas Tech Football

Yesterday, Gilbert, Arizona punter, the #2 punter in the nation, Austin McNamara, committed to Texas Tech. McNamara only allowed 5 punts returned all year and averaged 42.6 yards a punt. I’ll have to do a commitment profile this afternoon once I get some free time. You can check out McNamara’s senior season highlights at his Hudl page.

San Angelo Live’s Sam Fowler talked to San Angelo Central quarterback Maverick McIvor about his recommitment to Texas Tech:

“Coach Wells and his new staff, it couldn’t have worked out better,” McIvor said. “I was one of the first guys he came and saw. It shows importance. The offensive coordinator, I was one of the first guys he saw. It was just in-home visits that sold me. The conversation with them was solid and it couldn’t have worked out better.”

A-J Media’s Don Williams has a nice article about how on Friday of last week, December 21st, Texas Tech baseball head coach Tim Tadlok and former Red Raider footballer and current Los Angeles Chargers’ head coach Anthony Lynn both turned 50.

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