The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.04.22

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Leading Off

Great Weekend. I hope everyone had a terrific weekend. I worked outside with my dad (he had some huge cedar trees fall as a result of last week’s storms) and worked outside at my house (dug the holes, planted trees, mowed before the rain arrives on Wednesday), but it was a good three-day weekend for me.

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Texas Tech Track and Field

Oduduru Breaking Records. Via USTFCCCA, Divine Oduduru ran a 9.94 in the 100m, which is a current world leader and then 45 minutes later ran a 19.76 in the 200m, the second fastest time in the 200m ever run by a college athlete:

“I worked for this,” Oduduru said. “My coaches have always been telling me that I have to get into the moment where I can feel everything. I want to say thank you to Coach [Calvin] Robinson for getting me to this point in my life and my career. We have a great team, and I want to say thank you to everyone for their love and support.”

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Lady Raider Basketball

Texas Tech Baseball

Series Win vs. Baylor. After losing in extra innings on Thursday night, Texas Tech came back to win on Friday and Saturday to take the series against Baylor. Highlights, links, etc. are all up at the series thread. After this weekend of baseball, here’s the updated Big 12 standings:

Oklahoma State 10-5
Baylor 9-5
West Virginia 8-7
Texas Tech 8-7
Oklahoma 6-6
TCU 6-6

I think that Oklahoma State swept Texas this weekend, Kansas State took the series against TCU in Manhattan and West Virginia also won the series in Morgantown. Texas Tech hosts Oklahoma State this weekend, West Virginia is in Austin taking on Texas, Oklahoma is in Manhattan against Kansas State, and Baylor is in Ft. Worth to take on TCU.

Texas Tech Basketball

Holyfield Visits. A-J Media’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes that SFA transfer TJ Holyfield visited this weekend, making an appearance at the baseball game on Saturday:

Holyfield, listed as a 6-foot-8, 227-pound forward, included the Red Raiders in his top five visits along with Illinois, Kansas, Oregon and Miami. He was spotted at the No. 16 Texas Tech-No. 18 Baylor baseball contest Saturday with Mooney and Owens, along with Beard, Red Raiders assistants Mark Adams and Brian Burg and other members of the the staff.

With the departure of four seniors, including Odiase and Owens, Texas Tech could certainly use Holyfield’s athleticism and 7-foot wingspan on the defensive end. He’s also a solid scorer, who plays above the rim, and as a junior averaged 12.9 points (on 54.8 percent shooting from the field and 41.2 percent from the three-point line) to go along with 6.4 rebounds during the 2016-2017 campaign.

You’ll note that Holyfield isn’t just visiting Texas Tech, so we’re probably a bit away from a decision and it was good that he went to the game on Saturday, it was a sell-out and Texas Tech run-ruled Baylor.

Moore Enters Transfer Portal. It was reported by ESPN’s Jeff Borzello that Texas Tech freshman would enter the transfer portal. This was really sort of expected, he’s apparently not even in Lubbock right now (maybe he is now, but I don’t know) which means taht he’s not going to class which is just weird if you intend on transferring and playing immediately. Whatever.

This means that with Culver declaring for the NBA Draft, there will be two spots available.

Texas Tech Football

Filani Mic’d Up. I get a real positive vibe (which is a meaningless emotion and really completely made up on my part, but I do feel that way) from wide receivers coach Joel Filani.

Allen’s Next Redemption. Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson writes about Dakota Allen’s next step in hopefully being drafted in this week’s NFL Draft:

During the draft process, Allen has been open and contrite about his past transgression when meeting with NFL teams.

“We’ve met with Dakota, and we’re very confident that he’s learned a very hard lesson and believe he would fit in well in our locker room,” an NFL scout said. “He’s a good young man who made a big mistake and has done everything right since then. I’m comfortable with who he is.”

Allen is an instinctive, hard-hitting linebacker who has performed well as a three-down contributor. He’s also intent on justifying the faith anyone, including his to-be-determined NFL employer, places in him.

“The type of ballplayer they’ll get, whatever team gives me the opportunity, they’re definitely going to get the hardest worker,” Allen said. “They’re definitely going to get someone who’s going to dedicate all his time and efforts to football. I know what it’s like to almost lose everything, including football. I won’t let anything stop me this time.”

Lots of good stuff there, including Kliff Kingsbury’s letter to law enforcement about Allen and second chances all the way around. I did not realize that Allen’s dad played running back for Texas.


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