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The Morning Stake | 2020.11.24

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It doesn’t seem possible, but there’s just one more sleep until basketball is played. I’m always thankful for this time of year because it affords me a bit more time to watch and write about everything as both basketball and football are gearing up. There will be a preview and game day thread going up relatively tomorrow and I’m excited to see this team.

Head coach Matt Wells, DaMarcus Fields, and Alan Bowman were all made available to the media. The media scrum is about an hour and I did not have time to watch it (but I did listen to it while I was working on blogging things this morning).

Avalanche Journals’ Don Williams writes about Alan Bowman getting a second chance at starting with Henry Colombi getting a shot as well.

“That’s all I’ve wanted to do is be able to prove to everyone that I can be healthy, I can be fine and I can play,” he said. “So it’s refreshing that I’m not in the training room. I love (head athletic trainer) Drew (Krueger) to death, but I don’t have to see him every day.”

Texas Tech quarterback Alan Bowman hit 35 of 46 passes for 397 yards and two touchdowns in the Red Raiders’ 41-17 victory two years ago at Oklahoma State. The Red Raiders visit the Cowboys again on Saturday.
Bowman should get the start against OSU, but with a qualifier: He’s not necessarily going to play every series. Henry Colombi, who started four games in a row when Bowman was benched, also will have a role, as was the case against Baylor.

“I think we saw enough to continue to do it,” Wells said. “Just like I said last week, we’ll play both quarterbacks. As of today, Alan will start the first series, but we need to bring out the best in both of them.”

And also from Avalanche Journal’s Don Williams also writes about the blueprint to try to pull off another upset of Oklahoma State:

So if they can spring two consecutive upsets, why not three? They must have an idea of how to go about it.

“I think the thing that stands out last year is we started fast,” said Tech coach Matt Wells, whose team built a 20-0 lead and pitched a shutout until the last minute of the first half. “We created five turnovers, and we were able to set up scores for the offense. That’s always a pretty good recipe.

“But you’re going to have to play well on the road. You’ve got to start fast. You’ve got to play well early. We’ll have to score points to win, but we’ve got to be able to win up front, the O-line and the D-line.”

Avalanche Journal’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes about how head basketball coach Chris Beard wants to try to keep a home court advantage, which is Beard asking everyone to wear a mask while at the game. I’ll be interested if the USA will sell food (because you have to take off your mask to eat). I tend to think for Beard, being able to play basketball is the most important thing and if that means asking fans to not eat for a couple of hours, he might just spring for Whataburger for everyone after the game.

Also, from Avalance Journal’s Carlos Silva, Jr. writes about Marcus Santos-Silva as the lone senior for the squad.

After entering his name into the NBA draft earlier in the year, taking advantage of the opportunity that’s available to get evaluations from NBA teams while maintaining his college eligibility, Santos-Silva elected to transfer.

But, he put himself in a position to choose his next stop and he knew exactly what he wanted for his future.

“My main focus was to go somewhere with a winning culture and can compete for a national championship,” Santos-Silva said. “I remember the first day me and coach Beard talked on the phone, all we talked about was winning a national championship.

“The whole recruiting process wasn’t hard for me. I knew what I wanted, where I wanted to go. And Texas Tech checked all the boxes.”

Here are some tweets.

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