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DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2011-11-04

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Jian Sword Dancing - YouTube (via)
I don't know how SARR is going to use this as inspiration, but I'm sure that he can.  I also feel like that this could be some sort of inspiration to the team this weekend, no matter the sport:  teamwork can be a beautiful dance.

Jian Sword Dancing (via temperature3)


Tech prepares for No. 3 Iowa State after loss to A&M - The Daily Toreador: Sports
It doesn't get any easier for the Lady Raiders.  Good luck!


Tim Tadlock Talking About Returning to Texas Tech on the Williams & Hyatt Show [AUDIO] - SportsRadio 1340 The Fan
Good stuff from Hyatt, very much enjoyed listening to this.


Red Raiders Rally Back To Top Southwestern Oklahoma, 76-70 - Texas Tech Red Raiders Official Athletic Site and Young Raiders squad barely tops SWOSU | Red Raiders and Red Raiders win preseason showdown despite sloppy play - The Daily Toreador: Sports
It's a start and it's not a loss, so there's that.  I mentioned this yesterday, I'm very much excited that everyone else is excited that the program has a fresh start, but if you keep your expectations low (this isn't easy for a guy like myself who likes to see the positive) then I don't think you'll be too disappointed this season.  It's going to be really rough this year and a possible indication is the fact that this team was losing at halftime to Southwestern Oklahoma State University and the game was close to the very end.  Here are the links to the boxscore (PDF) and to the post-game quotes (PDF).  First things first, SF Jaye Crockett, C Kader Tapsoba and PG Kevin Wagner didn't play as they were injured and in the quotes, Gillispie doesn't give any clue as to how long any of the players will be out, but he does say it's not any sort of season ending injury. 

More basketball and football links are after the jump.

The player of the game was PG Javarez Willis, who had 22 points (8-11 FG, 4-5 3FG, 1 AST, 5 TO) to lead the team and C Robert Lewandowski had 18 (6-8 FG, 5 RB).  Just about all of the newcomers struggled, except for SF Jaron Nash who was pretty good off the bench and in limited minutes (11 PTS, 5-5 FG, 5 RB) and SF Terran Petteway (6 PTS, 2-8 FG, 10 RB, 3 AST, 4 TO, 3 BLK).  The biggest problem was that there were 28 turnovers to just 11 assists. 

Here's Gillispie on the whether the exhibition benefited Texas Tech:

Well we’ll see, a lot of our guys have to be embarrassed by the way they played and I’m not embarrassed by their efforts, they’re freshman, and they were shell-shocked out there, we had only had two returning guys out there and they didn’t play very well either as far as the way you think the game but that’s ok, that’s why we played it and we’ll improve from it, but again I thought it was perfect because they executed what they wanted to against us we didn’t take anything away, the only guy that started taken things away from them was Jaron Nash, he did a fantastic job of denying passes like we normally try to, he really changed and turned the game for us. We didn’t throw the ball inside, I mean Lew (Lewandowski) was so wide open on the ball reversal and that’s the way we are going to play but those are mistakes that are correctable and we will correct them and we’ll be better next time out. I thought it was perfect, it was a lot of fun to watch the mistakes happen, it was fun in a bad way, but it was fun because it’s going to help us get a better start tomorrow in practice.


Tech senior back in game after injuring both knees | Red Raiders
Focus on C Justin Keown and his perseverance in playing through injury this year.  Keown sounds like one tough S.O.B.:

Keown was on his way back into the lineup — for the second time this season, after separate knee injuries. In the last 21/2 months, the Red Raiders’ 6-foot-4, 286-pound senior has suffered tears to the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee and a sprained MCL in his left knee.

But he’s made it a point to get back as soon as possible.

"That’s why I came all the way from South Carolina, to play here," said Keown, who has missed only two games. "Being my last season, I wanted to give it my all. My family’s back home watching me, supporting me. I wanted to play for them. It means so much to me in so many different ways."

Searching for Focus - The Daily Toreador: Sports
I think these are all old quotes, but here it is.

Texas-Texas Tech: Can 'Horns Exploit Weakened Red Raider Secondary? - Burnt Orange Nation
To answer the question, yes, I believe so. College Football - Week 10 preview in the Big 12
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