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Texas Tech Friday Morning Notes - Fall Down With The Ball Edition

Double-T Nation News:

In no particular order, DTN's Top Six:

  1. TAMU's Donald Sloan's mother passed away on Thursday morning. Thoughts and prayers.
  2. Bring On The Cats has photos of yesterday's game.
  3. The 12th ManChild checks in on the win against Iowa.
  4. RaiderAde talks with Danny Amendola.
  5. DawgSports takes on the NCAA for their reversal of Oklahoma's vacated wins in 2005.
  6. ESPN's Tim Griffin on Baylor's loss to Colorado.

Texas Tech Basketball:

Today is somewhat bittersweet with the Red Raider loss to OSU yesterday, however, I do rejoice because the Lubbock Avalanche Journal now has an RSS feed. Rejoice.


LAJ's Jeff Walker reports on yesterday's loss and the Red Raiders hope that they get the call to go to the NIT. Here's Pat Knight on the last shot:

"We work every day, 15-second shot clock, trying to get a good shot and it was just too much dribbling and it got casual. Fall down with the ball and don't get a shot off? That just can't happen.

"That's not what lost the game for us. It was just everything added up to that. We saw mistakes like that throughout the game and that's really what killed us."

Here's Voskuil on the loss:

"It was just frustrating because we pretty much beat ourselves," said Alan Voskuil, who finished with a game-high 19 points after he was held scoreless in Tech's previous game. "We made the mistakes. We didn't get rebounds. We missed free throws. We just beat ourselves."

And finally from Burgess, who I think hits the nail on the head:

"It's just the minor mistakes that we've been doing throughout the whole year," Burgess said. "Missing rebounds, missed blockouts, (missed) free throws, throwing the ball away and not taking care of the ball like how I lost the ball at the end of the game - and that was so crucial - if we don't do a lot of those things throughout the season, we would have won a lot of those games. We wouldn't be in the position we're in now. We're fighting for our lives just to make it to the NIT."

There's a couple of other quick articles in the LAJ. First, a review of RMK's work in studio for ESPN. Second, Red Raiders Basketball Notebook, PK comments on the play of Cook and then there was this from OSU's Terrel Harris on guarding Voskuil:

"I got to tell you, that is the hardest person to guard in the Big 12, to me," Harris said. "I had to guard Abrams a lot and he moves a lot, too, but they have (D.J.) Augustin who really penetrates and gets some shots. But Voskuil, the offense is just constant movement. You have to always be on your Ps and Qs with him. So whenever you let up, he'll dodge you."

I think he meant "be on your toes" or "mind your p's and q's". Mixing metaphors (I think that's what this is called).


DMN's staff compiles a Big 12 Notebook and Brandon George writes his game recap, and as mentioned above, PK is hoping for an NIT bid:

"I hope just because how tough our conference is and the teams we have beaten, the NIT would give us a look," Knight said. "My fate's in the hands of a selection committee. I think this team belongs there with what we've done."

Texas Tech Baseball:

LAJ's George Watson previews this weekend's series with TAMU and talks with the closer Zach Stewart. Here's Stewart on the role of closer:

"I'm getting to where I feel more comfortable," said Stewart, who earned the team's only two saves of the year in back-to-back outings against Northern Illinois and New Mexico. "The last three games I've struggled a little bit and got the ball up some, but I was able to battle through it and had some good outings. Now I'm getting more used to it."

Here are your pitching matchups between the Red Raiders and the Aggies:

Date Texas Tech TAMU
Friday, March 14, 2008 @ 6:30 p.m. AJ Ramos (TT) (1-2, 5.71) Brooks Raley (TAMU) (2-0, 1.80)
Saturday, March 15, 2008 @ 2:00 p.m. Nate Karns (TT) (1-1, 8.10) Barret Loux (TAMU) (0-0, 4.85)
Sunday, March 16, 2008 @ 1:00 p.m. Chad Bettis (TT) (2-0, 3.38) Scott Migl (TAMU) (1-0, 3.68)