The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2020.03.05

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This Future Dentist Once Dropped 54 Straight. Then He Was Lost to Time. Via Sports Illustrated’s John Walters, a really cool story about a record that may never be broken, 54 straight points for a player:

Even in his 90th year, the old man’s shoulders stretch as broad as the Allegheny range. The long-ago Temple All-America no longer stands 6′ 4″, but he remains a looming presence, in person and in the NCAA basketball record book. Back on campus in North Philadelphia, he draws a visitor close and flashes a silver lapel pin affixed to his black sports coat, inscribed with his alma mater’s familiar, serifed T. “Legends Club,” he says with unfettered pride. “That’s for $100,000 donors.”

He inscribed his legend for the Cherry and White long before he ever wrote Temple a check, but his legend concerns all of college basketball. On March 3, 1951, he set a Division I record that will leave you absolutely incredulous, not only because of its obscure nature but also because it still exists. It is, in fact, the oldest extant individual record in D-I hoops.* And it belongs to Bill Mlkvy.

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Texas Tech 11, UNLV 3. Another dominating win for Tadlock and Texas Tech (recap and box score). Hunter Dobbins gets the win and moves to 2-0 after going 6 innings, giving up 4 hits, no walks, and striking out 8. Ryan Sublette had some issues and gave up 3 runs in 0.1 of an inning, but Jakob Brustoski came in and stopped the bleeding and Brandon Hendrix pitched the final frame. 2B Brian Klein was 4-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI and Jace Jung was 2-5 with 2 runs and 4 RBI, including 2 home runs.

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De Sousa to Return for Texas Tech. The Wichita Eagle’s Gary Bedore reports that forward Silvio De Sousa will return from his 12 game suspension for his near-attack (not sure what else to call someone picking up a chair and about to hit someone with it) at the Kansas State game many moons ago.

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Spring Preview. AthlonSports’ Nicholas Ian Allen previews Texas Tech with 5 storylines to watch this spring, including the idea of limiting plays on defense:

Defensive coordinator Keith Patterson has an aggressive philosophy as a play-caller. In some instances, that’s highly advantageous for a defense, as Tech’s 14 interceptions last season were good for third in the conference. But sometimes, over-aggressiveness can lead to a defense getting burned for big plays — something that happened far too often for the Red Raiders in 2019.

Of the 403 pass attempts Tech’s opponents attempted last year, 35 gained 30 or more yards. At 8.7 percent, the Red Raiders allowed the highest rate of explosive pass plays in the country. The lack of a consistent pass rush hurt (Tech ranked seventh in the conference and No. 80 overall with 24 sacks as a unit in 2019), as did an inability to knock down passes (the Red Raiders ranked last in the Big 12 and No. 124 with just 30 pass breakups). The good news? Texas Tech is experienced in the secondary and welcomes back three starters, including cornerbacks DaMarcus Fields and Zech McPhearson.


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