The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.01.15

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Leading Off

Seems like every day is a busy day when you’ve got so many spring programs doing so well. The success for those spring programs is pretty incredible and fun and lets us take a break from football and that hasn’t always been the case.

Texas Tech Track and Field

There’s a ton of fun photos and highlights from the meet over the weekend, so check them out.

Lady Raider Basketball

That’s the forth time for freshman Chrislyn Carr. Congrats!

Texas Tech Baseball

Keith Patrick had you covered from a preseason perspective for Tim Tadlock and the crew with D1 Baseball having Texas Tech as a preseason #3 team in the nation. That’s cray yo. That D1 Baseball has what Kendall Rogers of D1 Baseball thinks will be the starting lineup, complete with two freshmen, Max Marusak in center and Tanner O’Tremba from Colorado at DH, with Dylan Neuse, Jr. from McLennan College starting at short. I know that our Michael LaBarre and Keith Patrick will have some opinions on that (and some of you all as well).

Texas Tech Basketball

Well, you get to see Chris Beard’s back tattoo, it’s 4:1 with his daughter’s names as the “4” and the “1” the word “loyalty”. Francis also confirms that he’s never been to Chimy’s / fist bump/ .

Speaking of Chimy’s, students, here is your opportunity to probably have drinks bought for you by Chris Beard:

The AP Top 25 was released and there was no movement for Texas Tech as they remained at #8. When you have really good teams, there’s not a lot of movement, although Duke lost last night, but didn’t have two starters for the game. Here are some other rankings: NCAA’s Andy Katz has Texas Tech at #7; USA Today’s Coaches Poll has Texas Tech at #9; and College Poll Tracker has every voter with the highest vote at #6 and the lowest at #13.

SI’s Molly Geary has her power rankings and has Texas Tech on the rise:

Texas Tech: The Red Raiders are the only team unscathed in Big 12 play so far, sitting atop the conference at 4–0 after wins over Oklahoma and Texas this week. While offensive concerns continue to persist and threaten Texas Tech’s potential ceiling, what it’s doing defensively so far this season is ridiculous. Per kenpom.com, the Raiders are giving up an adjusted 82.8 points per 100 possessions through 16 games. Last year, Virginia’s No. 1 defense gave up 85.6, and no team in the kenpom era (that is, since 2002) has ever given up fewer than 84 over the course of a full season. We’ll see if Tech can keep up its incredible pace.

As far as game information is concerned, Iowa State head coach Steve Prohm said that center Cameron Lard will be in uniform on Wednesday for Texas Tech, via Demoines Register’s Randy Peterson. That’s a big deal for ISU, Lard is a very good shot blocker.

Texas Tech Football

Well, there’s not much news here except for some recruiting stuff, some offers and things like that, which is pretty much off my radar because I don’t follow recruiting all that much. The biggest college football news yesterday was that Kyler Murray declared for the NFL Draft, which means that no more Kyler, which is great. Of course, Oklahoma is in the mix for Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts and had him on campus over the weekend and if Oklahoma gets yet another transfer to play quarterback, then at some point it doesn’t make sense for a high school quarterbacks to sign with the Sooners.

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