The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.10.30

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Texas Tech and United Supermarkets Announce New Marketing Deal. Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s Don Williams reports that Texas Tech and United Supermarkets announced a new partnership that will make United the official supermarket of Texas Tech athletics and the Alumni Association:

“It provides an increased sponsorship amount that United is investing toward Texas Tech athletics,” Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt said, “so it’s a significant investment from a sponsorship role that will help us with our operational expenses when we talk about the student-athlete experience, strength and conditioning, nutrition, travel, recruiting travel.

“Their increased investment will help us with expenses as an athletics department.”

Associate athletic director Robert Giovannetti said that Coca-Cola, AT&T, Under Armour, and Anheuser-Busch are the other companies who have exclusive agreements with Texas Tech.

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Top 50. SI’s Jeremy Woo and Molly Geary rank the top 50 players and they have Chris Clarke at 43:

Clarke is expected to play a leading role on a new-look Texas Tech team that should be competitive once again. The Virginia Tech transfer is a tenacious, athletic defender who will fit right in with Chris Beard’s style of play, and may also see some time handling the ball and initiating offense as the Red Raiders mix and match. Clarke’s effort and intensity can be tone-setting, and he should contribute across the board with his versatile skills.

Overrated. CBS Sports’ Kyle Boone writes that Texas Tech is likely overrated:

No. 13 Texas Tech: This team is only a few months away from its first appearance national championship game, but was gutted in the offseason. Three of its top scorers are no longer in town, and one of those, Jarrett Culver, was the Big 12 Player of the Year and a lottery pick. The good news if you want to argue against me: Last season Tech lost four of its top five scorers, one of whom was a lottery pick, and still managed to advance further than any other team in its program’s history. I think we’re slightly overvaluing Texas Tech and slightly undervaluing Baylor (more on the Bears in a sec).

ESPN’s Myron Medcalf ranks a handful of things, including graduate transfers, and Chris Clarke as the 6th best:

Clarke has been the center of controversy in recent years. He was suspended in 2018-19 for undisclosed reasons, and a drug possession charge against him was recently dropped. He’s hoping for a fresh start at Texas Tech, where he can play a significant role for a team coming off a run to the national title game. He made 60% of his shots inside the arc in 2017-18.

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