The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.04.29

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

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Ready for Another Week. Well, I hope you all had a great weekend. I completely jacked up the post where Dakota Allen was drafted as I cannot, for the life of me, keep straight that there are two teams in Los Angeles, nor can I figure out who the coach is of each team. Sometimes, I’m just not very smart. Anyway, that was the worst thing that happened to me, so I consider that a success.

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Swept. Ugh. The ladies dropped three one-run games to Oklahoma State over the weekend, 2-3, 7-8, and 5-6. These games were in Stillwater and considering how rapidly this team has ascended this year, learning to win on the road is one of the toughest things that teams have to figure out how to do. They’ll be back on the road on Tuesday against New Mexico State, then at home for 2 games against Kentucky this weekend before the Big 12 Championship.

Lady Raider Basketball

Villas-Gomis Added to 2019 Class. The ladies have added to the 2019 class with 6’3″ forward Emma Villas-Gomis, who was playing the past two years at Salt Lake Community College. In looking at her stats, Villas-Gomis averaged 7.3 points, shot 35% from the floor, 28% from the three-point line, 80% from the free throw line, 3.5 boards and a shade over 2 assists a game.

Texas Tech Baseball

Sweep. Teas Tech swept Oklahoma State, a ranked team, at home, 12-4 on Friday, 10-2 on Saturday, and 5-2 on Sunday. The series thread is updated with links, and highlights. For Texas Tech, the Red Raiders had two very convincing wins and a very exciting win on Sunday. In terms of the Big 12 race, there’s still some work to do.

Baylor 12-5
Texas Tech 11-7
West Virginia 10-8
Oklahoma State 10-8
Oklahoma 8-7
TCU 6-9
Kansas State 6-9
Texas 6-11
Kansas 5-10

Baylor swept TCU this weekend in dominating fashion in Ft. Worth. Like embarrassingly dominated (6-3, 15-2, 12-1). Oklahoma won the series in Manhattan against Kansas State, while Texas lost the series to West Virginia in Austin. This weekend, Texas is at Kansas, TCU is at West Virginia, Kansas State is at Baylor, and Texas Tech is at Oklahoma.

Texas Tech Basketball

Visitors. Well, Texas Tech had two grad transfers visit over the weekend. Texas A&M graduate transfer Admon Gilder visited on Friday. Additionally, Texas Tech hosted Vanderbilt graduate transfer Yanni Wetzell also visited over the weekend. Gilder, 6’4″ / 199, averaged 12 points a game, shooting 46% from the field, 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.2 steals a game. Wetzel, 6’10” / 240, averaged 5.9 points, 50% from the field and 3.8 rebounds a game.

More Videos That Make You Have the Feels.

Nadolny to Decide Today. Point guard Clarence Nadolny is set to make his college decision today at noon (maybe this is 11:00 a.m. our time since Clarence is on the East coast?) and is set to decide between Texas Tech, West Virginia, and Iowa State. I don’t know where things stand before all of the recent visits, but Nadolny was originally a pretty heavy West Virginia lean and was told that any pick other than the Mountaineers would be an upset. Who know, I know that Texas Tech doesn’t really have a point guard after Moretti, so there’s certainly room on the roster. Remember that there are currently two spots available, so Nadolny’s commitment would take one of them.

Texas Tech Football

Suspect Arrested. Via the A-J Media, Asia Devine Jackson turned himself in on Sunday around 11:30 as the suspect involved in the shooting of freshman defensive lineman John Scott, III, and another victim, Kiana Pipkins. Scott and Pipkins were hospitalized, although Scott remained hospitalized on Sunday, but is in stable condition.

Mahomes on Madden 20. Uproxx’s Martin Rickman interviewed former Red Raider footballer Patrick Mahomes about being named the cover athlete for Madden 20 and Mahomes talks about a bunch of stuff, including talking about being a fan of the men’s basketball team and the March Madness run (but make sure and check the whole thing out):

You had the opportunity to see Texas Tech playing college basketball in the National Championship and obviously not quite coming through, but what was that experience like? Was that something you ever thought would happen?

Yeah, I mean I knew they had a good team, but I mean it’s hard to get there. It’s hard to win those five or six games to get to the National Championship, and they did that. They fought hard. They were 12 seconds away from winning a National Championship. And those guys are guys that worked hard every single day and so I was excited for them and proud of them. Obviously didn’t get what they wanted, but they’ll be back with that culture that they have there.

How hard is that, with how competitive you are, having to sit in the stands and know you don’t have an impact on that game?

I thought it was awesome, though. It was the first time in a long time that I felt like I was truly a fan. Like I was a fan of that team. I wanted them to win. I was rooting them on just as hard as anyone else there. And it was a special experience I’ll never forget.


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