The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2018.12.17

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Leading Off

Don’t forget that Wednesday is a pretty big National Signing Day so gear up for that as well as the Duke game on Thursday evening. Let’s get it.

Lady Raider Basketball

Congrats to Coach Stollings and the ladies for their first non-conference road win since the 2012-13 season, while freshman Chrislyn Carr scored 35 to lead the way.

Texas Tech Basketball

WatchStadium’s Jeff Goodman did one of these “anonymous” coach polls to determine the rankings of each of the Big 12 programs using tradition, media exposure, game atmosphere, resources, buy games, recruiting base, facilities, and selling players who are in the pros and Texas Tech ranked dead last in the Big 12. I’ll have to let you choose on whether or not you want to click, but here’s the quotes:

10. TEXAS TECH (30) – The Red Raiders reached the Elite Eight for the first time last season under Chris Beard. They’ve had NCAA Tournament appearances – 16 in all – but not much high-level success. Bob Knight led the program to three tourney berths during his tenure with the Red Raiders, but this is still a program that has its challenges, including a lack of tradition on the hardwood.

Where they win: “Cool college town. People hammer Lubbock, but it’s not a bad college town at all. And the facility is really nice, it’s just too big.” – Big 12 assistant coach

The knock: “Lubbock and the lack of tradition. Lubbock is still in the middle of nowhere.” – Big 12 head coach

Texas Tech Football

Flip That Commit . . . College Station safety Brandon Joseph was committed to Texas Tech but committed to Northwestern on Friday . . . Matt Wells and offensive coordinator David Yost gained a commitment in JUCO tight end Travis Koontz (commitment profile forthcoming) and was deciding between Texas Tech and TCU . . . also previously committed to Texas Tech was Aussie-rules punter Jordy Sandy who ended up committing to TCU, however, I’m guessing that Wells a& Co. felt that this was going to happen because Arizona kicker/punter Austin McNamara was in Lubbock for an official visit over the weekend and was also offered by the Red Raiders . . . Also in town over the weekend was Culver City athlete Dominic Tatum who was previously committed to Nevada. Tatum would play defense and said that on his visit, Thomas Leggett was his host, and hung out with Bryce Robinson and Simon Gonzalez (both are committed to Texas Tech) and will announce on Wednesday . . . last night, Texas Tech head coach Matt Wells tweeted “Wreck ‘Em x 2” and you presume that one of those is for Koontz and I guess we’ll find out who the second one is for shortly . . .

Miscellaneous . . . Via Reign Of Troy there are still 12 NFL teams who might be willing to pay Kliff Kingsbury’s USC buyout in order to get him to the NFL . . .

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