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Texas Tech Saturday Morning Notes - Good Enthusiasm Edition

Double-T Nation News:

A preview of today's game goes up shortly. Hopefully without mistakes.

In no particular order, DTN's Top Three:

  1. BON previews today's Texas v. Texas Tech game.
  2. Double Extra Point has some revealing pictures of the Sacramento King dance team (probably NSFW).
  3. Jake at Mavs Moneyball defends Avery Johnson's decision to put Kidd on the bench. Even if Terry makes the shot, I'm still trying to figure out why Kidd isn't on the floor. But that's just me.

Texas Tech Basketball:

LAJ's Jeff Walker has his preview of today's game with the Longhorns and writes about the tough workout the team had on Thursday. Walker tells a pretty good story of how the day went, but for those of you who wanted this team to get an ass-chewing (I was one of them) then you got your wish:

Knight didn't allow his players to wear their practice uniforms. He also made them dress outside the locker room - Thursday and Friday - though he said they'll be back in the locker rooms for today's game against Texas.

The film room was moved to the bowels of United Spirit Arena, an area just outside a garage entry that had chairs set up in front of a television.

The practice on Thursday included very little basketball. The only basketball-related activity on the agenda was free-throw shooting, after the team ran sprints while carrying weights. With their arms obviously fatigued, only one player made a free throw - Ricardo De Bem - and when the team didn't give him encouragement for making the shot, Knight made the team run.

After working them out in the arena, Knight moved the team to Tech's intramural fields for relay races. These weren't ordinary relays, though. These involved tires ... the kind used on tractors.

PK said that the energy at practice on Friday was good and had this to say about his team:

"They had pretty good energy at practice (Friday)," Knight said. "I think after they realized what happened when they didn't do anything for (De Bem) after he made a free throw, they were cheering pretty good during the relays and showed pretty good enthusiasm."

PK wants this to be a team that supports whoever is out on the floor. That's a good lesson to learn.

Oh, by the way, the Red Raiders are playing the #2 team in the country in UT and assistant coach Chris Beard had this to say about Atchley and Augustin:

"I think Connor Atchley is arguably the most improved player in the country this year," Beard said. "Gary Johnson now has his legs under him. He'd be a starter for any other team in our league. I think D.J. Augustin, if it's possible, has gotten even better since the last time we played him and I didn't think that was possible. Their defense doesn't get the credit it deserves either, because they are a good defensive team."

MUST READ ALERT: FWST's Dwain Price has an excellent (and I do mean excellent) article on who Pat Knight is. I won't quote any of the article, just trust me on this one.

DMN's Brandon George previews today's game against the Horns.

Texas Tech Baseball:

Well, damn't. The Red Raiders lose to the Houston Cougers 5-4 (boxscore) as their 9th inning rally came up just a little short. Starting pitcher AJ Ramost pitched 5.2 innings, giving up 3 hits, walking 4 and striking out 4 while giving up 3 runs. Brian Cloud gave up 2 runs in 2 innings of relief, walking 2 and striking out none. Roger Kieschnick went 2-4 with 1 RBI while second baseman Joey Kenworthy also went 2-4 with 2 RBI. By the way, Houston's Bryan Tully got the save and also had a home run to lead Houston.

Up next:

  • Texas Tech v.Tennessee Saturday, March 1, 2008 @ 3:30 p.m. Nate Karns (TT) (0-0) v. Nick Hernandez (TN) (0-0).

Texas Tech Track and Football:

I was looking around the results from the Big 12 Indoor Championship, and curious if there were any football players who were competing. Before I go there, I should give a huge congrats to Sally Kipyego, who seems to be dominating yet another meet. Back to football. Receiver Lyle Leong finished 15th in the long jump while Jamar Wall did not place:


I feel bad for Wall, you work so hard and then you foul on each attempt. The Red Raiders actually had a number of top finishers in the long jump: Anthony Flemons - 2nd; Bobby Evers - 6th; and Waylon Randolf - 8th. Go here for a recap of the day and here for the results.