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Texas Tech Friday Morning Notes - Motivational Tool Edition

Double-T Nation News:

Crimson and Cream Machine, an OU blog, and DTN traded questions and answers before Saturday's matchup. Make sure and check out my answers to his questions and here is CCM's answers to my questions.

Sometime tomorrow you'll have your Texas Tech v. Oklahoma preview and open game day thread. I'm interested to see how this team reacts.

Texas Tech Basketball:

LAJ's Jeff Walker writes this morning how #900 will be a load off of everyone's shoulders. Head coach designate Pat Knight had this to say about the burden of #899:

"We didn't talk about it at all, but other teams would bring it up because they didn't want to be No. 900," Pat Knight said. "I heard (Oklahoma State's) Obi Muonelo was at a women's game bragging about how there was no way they were going to let the record happen at Gallagher-Iba. It's a hell of a motivational tool and it's good that we got it out of the way."

LAJ's Walker has a second article his morning detailing how the motion offense caused problems for the Aggies. As Walker notes:

When effective, the motion offense can produce two things - free throws for the offense and foul problems for the defense.

This style can - and has - provided major problems for teams with a strong front court, like Texas A&M.

Of course, the Aggies shot 21 free throws for the game, but during the first half, they were only 4 for 8, which means that they weren't doing what they do best, which is pound the ball inside and get free throws. Additionally, it also helps that Aggie had 13 turnovers in the first half.


FWST's Mike Jones has his Big 12 Basketball Insider which focuses a bit on the supposed checkered past of Kansas State coach Frank Martin and Texas Tech actually gets a mention:

"As has been the case more often than not, Bob Knight's teams at Tech are wildly inconsistent from game to game. But when they're good, they're good."

It also appears that the FWST has undergone a redesign and the only thing that bothers me is the drop-down menu that drops down when you even so much as graze the navigation bar. It certainly looks better, but don't make reading obtrusive.

Texas Tech Football:

LAJ's Don Williams provides an update on the Texas Tech/Tulsa imbrologio and the most disappointing thing is that Myers doesn't think that there's any recourse:

"We never agreed to let them out,'' Myers said. "I still think it's bad faith on their part. They said they're going ahead and playing Arkansas. I don't know any recourse we have. They'll have to pay us.''

Snip

"He seemed to think we wouldn't have any trouble finding a game, but he's wrong,'' Myers said. "There might be some people out there, but they don't correspond with what you've got (for playing dates).''

That must be one hell of a contract if there's no recourse against Tulsa. I'm still amazed that there isn't some sort of NCAA provision which would prohibit teams from dropping teams so late in the season. There's a NCAA rule for everything else, why not add one more.