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Big 12 Tournament:

The Texas Tech men's basketball team gets their dignity handed to them, as well as a loss at the hands of Kansas State 66-45. Typically I'll stay up and watch the game and do a game review, but I didn't do that. My wife has the flu and the doctor recommended that I take Tamaflu to make sure I don't get it either. I took my pill last night around 6:00 p.m. and I passed smooth out around 7:00 p.m. Next thing that I know, it's 4:45 a.m. this morning and I'm wide awake. I don't have the inclination to watch last night's game. I also agree with RoyalsReview, this gives the Selection Committee a very good reason why Tech should not make the tournament. Especially when you see teams like Oklahoma State win in the conference tournament. Each Oklahoma State-type team that gets a little further gives the Selection Committee a reason not to pick Tech and there are plenty of reasons across the country (USC? Illinois? Also, we need to see Memphis win the C-USA tournament and not some other also-ran).

I won't make this terribly long because I can't imagine that too many of you want to read about a 21 point loss. Here's the Box Score and it's fairly evident that Jackson showed up, but no one else did.

DMN's Tim MacMahon has his game story. Knight had this to say of his team's performance:

"We may not have had the proper lighting in the locker room," Knight said when asked why Jackson was the only Red Raider to get going, "or maybe Kansas State was pretty damn good defensively and maybe we were a little bit tired."

Tim has this on Tech's chances to make the tournamet:

Knight said any team that finishes in the Big 12's top five deserves a bid unless it "screwed up unbelievably" during the nonconference schedule.

"I don't think that Kansas State winning this game or our losing this game or our winning yesterday really has any bearing on that," Knight said.

Knight also made mention in Tim's article that this team is not suited to play back-to-back games. I tend to agree, typically Zeno and Jackson have to play 35 minutes a game and Tech isn't exactly a deep team.

LAJ's Jeff Walker has his game article. Huggy Bear explains why K-State should be in the tournament:

"As crazy as it may sound, we came down here to win this," Huggins said. "... The whole deal about whether we are in or not is ludicrous. I mean, when you think about it, we've got two teams in our league (Kansas and Texas A&M) that are both playing for a one seed. And Texas has got to be a three or four? So, then you're going to tell me from one through three, and then the next best team in the league, which has been us, that we're not in the best 65 in the country, as good as this league is? ... I felt like we were in before we played this game."

For a Kansas State perspective, Kansas City Star's Howard Richman has his game article

FWST Big 12 Notebook.

Rock Chalk Talk previews the Kansas v. Kansas State game.

Burnt Orange Nation has some quick notes on the win over Baylor.

Texas Tech Baseball:

The Red Raider baseball team beat Texas A&M-CC 9-4 behind another strong pitching performance from A.J. Ramos. Ramos had 8 strikeouts in only 6 innings and allowed two runs. Taylor Ashby and Joey Kenworthy each had two RBI to pace the team. The LAJ has their game article.

Up next for the Red Raiders, the #8 ranked Rice Owls at 7:00 p.m.