There are a few big targets for Texas Tech and the transfer market: Tyreke Keys, the point guard from Indiana State (6-3/205 | 17 PPG, 5 RPG, 2 APG); Kendric Davis, the point guard from SMU (5-11/180 | 19 PPG, 4 APG, 3 RPG); and Utah Valley forward Fardaws Aimaq (6-11/245 | 19 PPG, 13 RPG, 1.3 BPG).
Texas Tech will travel to Albuquerque to take on New Mexico for a mid-week game with the Lobos. Andrew Devine (1-1, 5.25) will get the start against Terrell Hudson (0-0, 4.66). Texas Tech obviously dropped a few spots as a result of the current 4-game losing streak that I’m sure that Tim Tadlock would like to break. And after this one game against New Mexico, the group will return home to host West Virginia for the weekend series.
ESPN released their updated FPI, which is their version of a computer model that predicts wins and loses. Currently, the FPI predicts this as the Big 12 order of finish with predicted records:
6. Texas Longhorns 9.4-3.2
8. Oklahoma Sooners 9.1-3.4
13. Oklahoma State Cowboys 8.4-3.8
19. Baylor Bears 7.9-4.3
27. Iowa State Cyclones 7.5-4.7
39. Kansas State Wildcats 6.4-5.7
42. TCU Horned Frogs 6.4-5.7
48. Texas Tech Red Raiders 5.4-6.6
52. West Virginia Mountaineers 5.0-7.0
97. Kansas Jayhawks 2.8-9.2
Dallas Morning News’ Chuck Carlton writes about how Texas Tech head coach Joey McGuire would like to name a starter before the end of the spring. Based on listening to the quarterback interviews, my guess is that it is Tyler Shough and it is because based on what they all said, that Zach Kittley’s offense is largely based on the quarterbacks making decisions and Behren Morton and Donovan Smith just haven’t had to make as many quarterback decisions as Shough has over the course of their careers. Plus, Shough can essentially spend 10 hours a day in the football complex studying film and going over things with Kittley or other offensive staff members (not sure what Morton and Smith’s schedules are like, but presumably they are busier than Shough who already has two undergraduate degrees and has just 1 class he has to take this fall to earn his masters). That’s not a knock on Morton or Smith, experience will happen, but my guess is that Shough gets the post-spring nod.