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The Morning Stake | 2019.11.19

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Walter McCarty has put Evansville back on the map. Via SB Nation:

Even the ability to gather in the players’ lounge, watch some football and eat in peace is a testament to the work that McCarty has done at Evansville. His players and staff enjoy being at the facility. They can relax there. It’s not rare for players to funnel in and out of his office. Their practice facility is a home for everybody involved with Evansville basketball, and McCarty wouldn’t have it any other way.

The 6’10, salt-and-pepper bearded McCarty was raised on the south side of Evansville, just on the western side of Highway 41, which runs north-south and splits the city in two. He grew up with one brother, two sisters, his mother and a stepdad who came around when he was in early elementary school.

Walter’s mother Joy worked at Eaton Axle in the assembly line across the river in Henderson, Kentucky, and would pick up waitressing at the American Legion or at a bar to make extra money for the family. His stepdad, Steven Lindsey, worked at Alcoa, an aluminum producer, and went to sleep early, having to start work at 4 a.m. When Joy was going into work, Steven was coming home, and vice versa. “[My siblings and I] weren’t alone,” McCarty says. “We were stable. But you know, they weren’t really strict.”

In sixth grade, he met Troy White while at Plaza Park in middle school, an East Side kid. The two bonded over basketball. As they got older, their relationship developed, and now they’re damn near inseparable. McCarty and White aren’t like peanut butter and jelly. Peanut butter and jelly are like McCarty and White.

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Lady Raiders 98, Florida A&M 60. Dominating 2nd and 4th quarters end up in a 38 point win for the Lady Raiders. Pretty balanced scoring overall, Sydney Goodson led all scorers with 21 points, while Brittany Brewer recorded a double-double with 18 points and 14 rebounds. Alexis Tucker and Jo’Nah Johnson each scored 17 while returning Big 12 Freshman of the Year Chrislyn Carr scored 8 while dishing out 7 assists.

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Fireside Chat. This week, Coach Beard is joined by special guest, soccer coach Tom Stone, who I think could probably have a sitcom together.

Polls. Texas Tech is ranked #12 in the most recent AP poll, keeping in mind that the AP Poll literally means nothing at the end of the year so it’s just supposed to be a good time and keep you distracted from more important things in your life. When you question why a voter has a team ranked at a certain spot at this point in the season, there’s not enough evidence other than what you think it should be. ESPN’s Jeff Borzello has ESPN’s power rankings and has Texas Tech #11:

There’s not much to say about Texas Tech beating Eastern Illinois, Bethune Cookman and Houston Baptist to start the season, but how about Chris Beard’s recruiting class in 2020? The Red Raiders signed five-star guard Nimari Burnett — beating out Alabama, Oregon and Michigan — top-35 wing Micah Peavy and under-the-radar California wing Chibuzo Agbo. They also have UNLV transfer Joel Ntambwe sitting out this season. With only graduate transfers Chris Clarke and TJ Holyfield expected to depart after this season, Beard won’t have to rebuild the same way in the spring. And we’ve seen what he can do with experienced rosters.

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