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Texas Tech Basketball:

Wow, DMN's Tim MacMahon has a pretty special story this morning on Tech guard Benny Valentine. I've often said that Valentine seems over-matched by players in the Big 12, but now I get the feeling that Knight signed this kid to save him from himself. I know that's awfully self-righteous for me to say about Knight, but I have to think that Knight's a good enough talent evaluator to know that Valentine would be a little overwhelmed (this is not to say that Valentine wasn't a good player) but he gave Valentine a scholarship anyway. For those of you who hate Knight, keep this article in mind when that thought runs through your head. Knight isn't a horrible hateful person, at least not all of the time.

[editor's note, by Seth C]I should go on the record by saying that I have a ton of respect for Coach Knight and don't think he is a horrible hateful person.

Tim ends his article like this:

Those close to Valentine believe he couldn't have found a better fit than Tech, which is a 13-hour drive from Omaha. They say Valentine needs a tough, take-no-bull authority figure like Bob Knight in his life.

"He definitely needed to get out of town," Poepsel said. "To me, he's in a perfect spot, especially with a guy like Bobby Knight there.

"No probation officer can be as tough as he can be."

Tim also has this note from the DMN College Blog, Knight was a no-show at the Big 12 telephone conference.

LAJ's Jeff Walker has an article on the new "travel squad" policy instituted by Knight. My posting is a day late, but it's still worth your time if you haven't read it. Jeff also has a preview of today's game.

FWST's John Miller has a preview of today's game and Pat Knight thinks this is the problem:

"Instead of five guys playing as individuals, we need the five guys to play as one," Knight said. "We need to talk on offense, talk on defense and have the bench come on. Right now, it's a team of individuals."

Burnt Orange Nation has an interview with the writer of one of my favorite basketball stat websites, Ken Pomeroy. Definitely worth a read.

Texas Tech Baseball:

The Tech baseball team is back on track, winning their last 3. On Sunday, Tech beat Northwestern 4-3. Senior Colt Hynes pitched 6 innings, allowing only 2 runs, while shortstop Kyle Martin had 2 RBI, Matt Smith had a homer and Geoff Byrnes had two hits to lead the Red Raiders.

On the back-end of a double-header, Tech had a strong pitching performance from Aaron Odom and Roger Kieschnick his a grand-slam to lead the Red Raiders to a 12-2 win over Western Illinois. Odom pitched 6 innings, giving up 1 run while striking out 5. Paul Gonzalez pitched 3 innings, allowing only 1 run and striking out 6. Kieschnick his a grand-slam, his second of his career and third baseman Doug Thennis had a 3-run home run as well.

In the final game of the Red Raider Classic, Tech notched their third victory of the series with a 13-11 win over Western Illinois. Shortstop Kyle Martin had 2 home runs and 4 RBI while catcher Matt Smith had a homerun and 2 RBI. It was a rough day for the pitchers, so we'll just focus on the fact that Tech has climbed out of their slump and are now 4-3 for the year.

Corn Nation is doing a weekly review of Big 12 and begins with this week's edition. They'll do a much better job of keeping on top of the Big 12 teams not named Texas Tech.