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Texas Tech Wednesday Morning Notes - Meat Necklace Edition

Double-T Nation News:

Huge congrats to Barking Carnival for winning Best Big 12 Blog. Also contrats to Corn Nation for being the runner-up. It was an honor just to be nominated.

I don't normally cover any sports other than football, men's basketball and baseball, but would like for all of you to recognize the greatness of Sally Kipyego, who was named the Big 12 Indor Female Performer of the Year, which is the 2nd year which she's won this award. Congrats Sally, what an incredible honor.

In no particular order, DTN's Top Nine:

  1. Basketball Junkie Warning I: Card Chronicle previews Championship Week(s). A must read.
  2. Basketball Junkie Warning II: Basketball Prospectus previews the Horizon League, Big South and Ohio Valley conference tournaments.
  3. Uncommon Sportsman looks at strategy of the Iditarod.
  4. Courtside View's Steve Walentik has an in depth Big 12 Power Poll. Walentik has TT at #8, which seems about right.
  5. BHGP taps into a conversation between Joe Paterno and Bill Cowher. Genius.
  6. EDSBS thinks that Mr. Crabtree is the BEST fantasy college football player. Yes, he is.
  7. CornFromAJar from Rocky Top Talk takes on the traditional media again. Well done.
  8. True Hoop takes a look at whether or not the SuperSonics will move from Seattle to OKC.
  9. SMQ takes on all of the candidates for the Presidential race.

Texas Tech Basketball:

Tickets to Saturday's season finale against Baylor are only $5.00.

LAJ's Jeff Walker checks in on the basketball team and details why Allen Fieldhouse is such a great place to play. PK felt like he was sporting some new jewelry on Monday night (emphasis mine):

"I feel like someone put a meat necklace around my neck and just threw me into the lion's den," he said. "We just got beat by a better team. Bar none. They just killed us."

PK also tries to explain why the team has played so poorly and so well at times:

"If I had an explanation for the difference then we wouldn't have played this way," he said. "They are kids and they get happy. The problem is people tell them how good they are. I warn them, talk to them and beg them, but I can't play for them. What I need to do is to perform a heart and brain transplant during the timeout, but I can't do that. You can't play casual basketball or you will lose by 20 or 40, especially on the road. Hopefully, my freshmen can learn from this."

Texas Tech Baseball:

The Red Raiders win their home opener against Central Arkansas, 15-6 (boxscore). LAJ's George Watson has his story on the game, which includes the following regarding the early errors in this contest:

But the Red Raiders took awhile to get started, and the miscues started on the first batter.

Payton Seelinger grounded to Jason Seefeld at third, but Seefeld, who had surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee in October, threw wildly past Thennis at first. Thennis retrieved the ball, but his throw bounced into left field, allowing Seelinger to go to third and score on a Graham Martin groundout.

Tech shuffled the defense before the top of the second, moving Seefeld to first, Thennis to center, Willie Rueda to second and Joey Kenworthy to third, but the defense hurt Tech again.

An errant pickoff throw by Tech starter Cory Large allowed Scott Cline, who had singled, to move to third, and he scored on a groundout by Richey Irvin. Large gave up singles to Tye Throneberry and Seelinger, and with two outs, Martin ripped a shot to center. Thennis came in on the ball but watched it go over his head for a two-run triple and a 4-0 Central Arkansas lead.

Ummm, that's got to stop. I'm sure these guys know this, but that's awful.

Starting pitcher Cory Large lasted only 2.1 innings, giving up 5 earned runs, walking 2 and striking out 2. Thankfully, Paul Gonzalez, Owen Brolsma, Austin Quick and Sam Janca pitched the rest of the game without giving up a run, giving up 3 hits, striking out 6 and walking 3.

The offense broke out with 19 hits, which helped make the early errors a little more forgettable. Roger Kieschnick had 3 hits, including a home run, and 2 RBI, while Doug Thennis also had 3 hits, with a home run, and 4 RBI.

It will be interesting if the errors affect who starts today, certainly something to watch. Here's today's matchup:

  • Texas Tech v. Central Arkansas Wednesday, March 5, 2008 @ 1:00 p.m. Russ Fornea (TT) (0-1) v. TBA.