The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2023.07.21

TBT continues.

The Air Raiders will play The Enchantment today at 8:00 CST (on ESPN+) and I found this bracket with a better schedule. John Roberson led the way with 15 points and 5 assists, while Mat Mooney had 11 points and 8 assists, and Tariq Owens had 13 points. 9 boards, and 4 blocks. Lots of contributions from a ton of players, just fun to watch. And it wasn’t a surprise that Texas Tech forced 17 turnovers and had just 6 for the good guys. If the Air Raiders win tonight, they will play on Sunday.

Texas Tech announced their matrix which is a fancy way of saying their opponents, but don’t get paid to do fancy things.

Home-and-away: Baylor, UCF, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas
Home-only: BYU, Cincinnati, Kansas, K-State
Away-only: Iowa State, Houston, Oklahoma, West Virginia

Dallas Morning News’ Joseph Hoyt reports on how Texas Tech student-athletes reported earnings of nearly $8 million in name, image, likeness deals:

Texas Tech athletes reported earnings of $7,870,700 in Name, Image and Likeness deals in the first two years it was allowed, according to information obtained by The Dallas Morning News through public records requests.

Athlon Sports ranked the Big 12 coaches and Joey McGuire checked in 10th in the Big 12:

The jump from successful high school coach to college assistant to running a FBS program hasn’t proven too big for McGuire at all. The Texas native guided the Red Raiders to an 8-5 mark last fall and posted a winning record (5-4) in Big 12 play for the first time since ’09. Additionally, Texas Tech beat both Oklahoma and Texas in the same season for the first time in program history. McGuire went 141-42 as the head coach at Cedar Hill High School 2003-16, while his stint on Baylor’s staff from 2017-21 provided valuable insight into how to build a program in the Big 12.

I think this is where he’s going to get slotted because of the lack of experience.

If you want a pick-me-up after that, also from Athlon Sports are their bowl projections and they think your Red Raiders will do well:

Projection: Cotton Bowl – Texas vs. Utah
If the champion of the Big 12 Championship isn’t in the CFB Playoff, they would automatically go to the Sugar Bowl. But with the Sugar Bowl as a national semifinal this season, the champion of the Big 12 will fall into another New Year’s Six bowl.

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s Nathan Giese writes about how former North Texas players are happy for Grant McCasland and that when the topic of him being up for the Texas Tech job, he just focused on UNT:

“Just locked in,” Huntsberry said. “Not worried about nothing else besides us. That’s the type of guy he is. When he sees something, and the whole coaching staff, when they’re doing something, they’re all in and that’s something that any player would ask for.”


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