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Texas Tech Basketball:

LAJ's Jeff Walker has an article this morning about this Tech team convincing the NCAA selection committee that they are worthy. Jay Jackson notes the importance of these two games:

"A lot of people have been saying that we're already in, but Coach (Bob Knight) has already said that we're not a lock or anything," Tech guard Jay Jackson said. "We knew that these last two games were important if we want to get into the tournament."

I really believe that so long as Tech doesn't completely choke they'll be in the tournament. Fool-hearted for me to believe that way, but I think that's the case.

The LAJ also has their game preview, which is good, but certainly not as good as the DTN preview (what's up?).

FWST's preview of tonight's game.

SEN's Tim Griffin does his usualy good job in the weekly Big 12 Insider and believes that Tech is in the tourney.

According to the Texas Tech commitment page, Tech has added another committed but not signed player, Darko Cohadarevic, a 6-9, 225 forward from Belgrade Serbia. According to Darko's player page from Seward County Community College he's just a freshman this year, which means that he'll be a sophomore next year. Darko is averaging 10.3 points per game and 5.4 rebounds a game. Things I like about Darko's profile, although he has limited basketball experience, he's apparently an athlete, as he is a former soccer goalie (how could you score on a 6-9 kid?) and his brother is No. 1 in Serbia in Tae-Kwan-Do. I'll take it. It appears to me that Coach Knight and Co. started looking around and noticed that there were no big men who had any sort of basketball skill or athleticism. Think about the returning big men for next year: Suljagic, Rizvic, Mitchell, Cook. That's not good, not good at all. Royals Review, faithful DTN reader and game thread commentor, has noted at least once this year the shocking lack of athleticism for Tech's frontcourt, and it's true, it's really sad and it very evident against a very athletic team, like Texas where Mason and Durant simply have their way. Rizvic, who has the most potential of the 4 listed above, may not be ready by the time the season starts up next year and unless Suljagic shoots 1,000,000 shots a day during the offseason, he's just going to be another body. I say kudos to the coaching staff for adding another big man to an otherwise bleak situation.

Make sure and check out Burnt Orange Nation and Rock Chalk Talk for previews of today's game that decides the Big 12. Give me Kansas at home. That's a tough place to win on the road and I like KU's depth better than UT's.

Texas Tech Baseball:

Ramos has done it again. Sophomore pitcher, AJ Ramos, pitched 7 shutout innings and struck out 10, leading Tech to a 5-0 win over Cal State Northridge. Offensively, first baseman, James Leverton led the way with 3 hits and 3 RBI. Since Morgan went down with an arm injury, Ramos has been Tech's #2 starter and has pitched really well as of late.