The Morning Stake

The Morning Stake | 2019.03.20

Your daily dose of all things Texas Tech athletics.

Leading Off

Bracket Challenge. Don’t forget to join the Staking The Plains Bracket Challenge. If you’re not part of the group from last year, I apparently have to add you manually which is a real pain in the ass, but I love you all, so it’s no problem. I added a bunch of people yesterday and will do so again today. You can reply to my comment below or shoot me an email at All I will need is your email address and I’ll get you added, but I need you all to do it today because tomorrow I’m pretty booked in terms of having time to add people and the NCAA Tournament starts tomorrow.

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Coaches as Players. Kinda funny exercise, ESPN’s Tony Moss ranked the coaches as actual players among the 68 teams part of the NCAA Tournament and your guy Chris Beard ranked 64th:

64. Chris Beard, Texas Tech Red Raiders — Beard was a regular for McCullough High School in The Woodlands, Texas, but did not play college basketball at Texas. Then-Longhorns coach Tom Penders gave Beard a managerial job, and he’d eventually become a student assistant at the school.

This prompted Abilene Christian head coach Joe Golding to tweet this at Beard:

Highly Draftable. Take your pick. YahooSports’ Pete Thamel, NBCSports’ Ben Standing, and SB Nation’s Ricky O’Donnell all think that Jarrett Culver is highly draftable, Thamel and O’Donnell think he’s a top 10 player. Here’s a bit from O’Donnell:

Culver has been the best offensive player on college basketball’s No. 1 defensive team during a breakout sophomore season. This is a do-it-all wing with few holes in his game, showing the ability to carry the Red Raiders as an isolation scorer, a facilitator, or as a key cog in the defense. Culver brings so much to the table while taking almost nothing off of it. That’s a big reason why he’s projected to be a top-10 pick in June’s NBA Draft.

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Oklahoma Drill.

Suspensions. I’ll have a separate post to discuss the four suspensions.


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