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Texas Tech Sunday Morning Notes - We're Just Not Very Good Edition

Texas Tech Basketball:

You know the soundbite from "The Price Is Right" when a contestant loses their game? That keeps going through my head after watching yesterday's game. I didn't have the desire to post anything else after that team only played 20 minutes rather than 40. I know that we have the conference tournament coming up and we could go into who Texas Tech will play, but unless there is some magical run or Jay Jackson is really still on the bench, then I think the body language of this team in the 2nd half is indication enough that this team is tired and done.

I've got some ideas as to how PK can right the ship, but I'll probably save those until after the conference tournament (hint - more talent).

Here's the official boxscore.

We've got game stories galore, if you even want to read them. LAJ's Jeff Walker recaps yesterday's loss and writes that if the NIT comes calling, that they're ready. FWST's Dwain Price writes how Baylor was able to upset Texas Tech's senior day. DMN's Brandon George also devles into Baylor's victory in Lubbock.

Up first, we have a quote in a couple of those linked articles from PK and realizing what this team is:

"This team, we're not going to make it to the (NCAA Tournament). We're not going to win the Big 12 Tournament," Tech head coach Pat Knight said. "We're just not very good, we're not good enough to do that. I'm not going to sit here and sugarcoat it or give my team false confidence. This isn't a team that you can give big goals like that to. They have to have small goals. We just have to win one, we have to win the first one.

"Our goal is to get to the NIT ... Everyone wants to talk about the NCAA - the NCAA is not going to happen for this team. So now, we have to focus on the first game (of the conference tournament) and I won't even talk about a second game."

And from Walker's story:

"I'm really disappointed for our three seniors, that's the main thing," Knight said. "I was hoping we could win our last one for them and let them have a good memory.

"I think the key to the game, we had them up by nine, and we were in a timeout, and we talked about extending this lead because we've had a real problem this year: We just don't extend leads. ... I think that was a big part of the game, when they cut it down to one. I told our guys at halftime that we gave Baylor the worst thing you could give a team - hope. If we get that lead up to 16 or 18, then now the hope is pretty much gone."

Texas Tech Baseball:

The baseball team beat Northern Illinois (11-5, boxscore), but lost to host Texas State (14-3 boxscore). The LAJ covers both games here.

In the NUI win, AJ Ramost pitched 5.2 innings, giving up all 5 runs, striking out 8 and walking 4, while getting his first win of the year. Owen Brolsma and James Leverton struck out 5 and walked 0 in 3.1 innings of relief. Roger Kieschnick (6) and Taylor Ashby (1) each homered in yesterday's win. Kieschnick and Chris Hall each had 3 RBI to lead the Red Raiders.

The loss to TSU was relatively close until the 5th inning where the Bobcats just unloaded with 7 runs (they also scored 4 more in the 6th). Nate Karns gave up 6 earned runs, walking 3 and striking out 4. The bullpen wasn't much better as Brian Cloud had 0.2 innings, giving up 3 hits and 2 runs, 1 earned. Jordan stern had 1.1 innings of relief giving up 5 hits, 5 runs, 4 earned, walking 3 and striking out 3. On offense, the club only managed 6 hits. Not much to write about there and it appears that once the game got out of hand, Hays made major substitutions at every position.

Here's today's matchup:

  • Texas Tech v. Northern Illinois Sunday, March 9, 2008 @ 12:00 p.m. Chad Bettis (TT) (1-0, 2.84) v. Adam Holdenrid (NIU) (0-1).