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Double-T Nation Daily Diatribe :: 05.27.10

Big 12 / Pac-10 Alliance:  I ran across this DMN article about Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott talking with (I could not find the article, otherwise I would have just linked to it) about a possible Big 12 and Pac-10 Alliance:

"It certainly makes some sense to look at," Scott told "Our analysis is looking at a few different option on parallel tracks and one of those would be strategic alliance, the core of which would be a TV pooling joint venture with the Big 12…Dan Beebe and I have had discussions about that since last September."

This somewhat confirms what we've been discussing, which is the two conferences joining forces to become some sort of Voltron.

Red Raider Makes Top 100:  MaxPreps' Tom Lemming released his top 100 players from the class of 2011 and Lakeland, FL, WR Javares McRoy made the list at #73.  McRoy is only ranked as a 3-star by Scouts and you can expect that to change.

Miscellaneous:  Dr. Saturday's Matt Hinton sizes up the Oklahoma Sooners, meanwhile, the internets are abuzz that Phil Steele has the Sooners ranked #1 in his preseason magazine, per ESPN's Pat Forde's Twitter.

Henderson to Transfer to Texas Tech:  Former Utah Ute SG Marshall Henderson (6-2/175), per LAJ's Courtney Linhehan, will apparently transfer to Texas Tech.  Henderson does not come without baggage as he was the player that shoved/hit a BYU player and was suspended for a game (Linehan's story has the video).  I found a video of Henderson from high school and also a bit from Henderson last year leading the way against Michigan.  Henderson was the second leading scorer for Utah, as a true freshman, averaging 11.8 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 0.8 APG on 37.4% shooting. 

Although I haven't seen this confirmed anywhere, I'm guessing that Henderson will be taking the scholarship of SF Corbin Ray, who supposedly will not be able to play any more due to a concussion suffered before the season started last year.  Henderson will be able to practice with the team this year, but won't be eligible to play until the next year.  I would guess that Henderson will have three years of eligibility available (he didn't redshirt, so the year that he sits out will count as a redshirt). 

When Henderson becomes eligible, it will be a huge boost to this program as the team will be graduating John Roberson, David Tairu, D'walyn Roberts, Mike Singletary, Brad Reese and Theron Jenkins.  Quite simply, there will need to be some players who can step in and put the ball in the basket.

Big 12 Baseball Championship
(click link to watch games live)

Texas Tech (27-28, 13-15)
Location: AT&T Bricktown Ballpark : Oklahooma City, OK
Radio: Affiliates
Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Starting Pitcher
5.26.10 9:00 a.m. Ben Flora
L, 3-3
Texas A&M: Michael Wacha
W, 8-2
L: 2-9
5.27.10 3:00 p.m. Chad Bettis
6-4, 4.71
Texas: Taylor Jungmann
6-2, 2.20
5.29.10 9:00 a.m. TBA
Missouri: TBA
LF - Michael Reed (Sr.); CF - Taylor Ashby (Sr.); RF - Bonham Hough (Sr.)
SS - Joey Kenworthy (Sr.)     2ND - Jamodrick McGruder (Fr.);
3RD - Nick Popescu (Jr.)                                  1ST - Barrett Barnes (Fr.)
C - Jeremy Mayo (Jr.)
DH - Scott LeJeune (So.)

*Click on the score for boxscore. Texas Tech series preview (pdf).

Worn Out Arms and Aggie Bats; Red Raiders Lose to Texas A&M: The bullpen just couldn't keep it close.  Ben Flora had a decent start (5.1 IP; 6 H; 4 R; 3 ER; 0 BB; 6 SO), but the bullpen couldn't keep it together as Brandon Petite (1.1 IP; 2 H; 3 ER; 2 BB; 1 SO) and Brennan Stewart (0.1 IP; 2 H; 2 ER; 0 BB; 1 SO) struggled mightily.  The fact that the bats haven't woken up in over a week is also disconcerting.  The Red Raiders were limited to three hits for the entire game and will face UT's Taylor Jungmann today, one of the best (maybe the best) pitchers in the Big 12.

LAJ's George Watson has the recap from yesterday's game and has this from head coach Dan Spencer on running out tired and young arms:

"With who we are and our personnel (on the mound) we need to do a better job offensively early in the game," Tech coach Dan Spencer said. "Not taking away anything from Wacha, he did a good job, but we needed to put some pressure on him. We had a chance if we could get on base to run the bases against Wacha — that’s not his strength, holding runners — but we couldn’t get on base.

"We’re running some guys in (to pitch) … who haven’t had a lot of success, one, and second haven’t had a lot of experience pitching in close games late in the season. That’s what we had."

Bettis Expected to Start:  LAJ's George Watson writes that Spencer will start Chad Bettis for today's game against the Longhorns:

"We’re running some guys in (to pitch) … who haven’t had a lot of success, one, and second haven’t had a lot of experience pitching in close games late in the season. That’s what we had."

Help on the Way:  LAJ's Don Williams has an article about two different Hunter Scotts, one plays for LCU, but the other is a senior, plays for Coronado and has signed with Texas Tech.  The two Hunter Scotts have combined for 113 innings, 125 strikeouts, 15 wins and 11 saves.  I wish I knew the numbers for the Scott headed to Lubbock.   There's no doubt that the Red Raider need more pitching and every bit helps.