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DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2011-12-08

ODDS AND ENDS | I started to feel sick yesterday afternoon. Yuck. Will start getting to football and thinking about how to get the team better and what I think needs to be done this weekend. I need a weekend to write and not travel.

If you haven't already seen it, The Atlantic's photo blog, In Focus, has the year in photos, some of which are disturbing, but have tremendous impact.

LADY RAIDER BASKETBALL | More can be found at the official site, but the Lady Raiders routed UT-Arlington last night, 84-48. Your leading scorer was G Casey Morris who had 24 points, including 6 of 10 from the 3-point line and G Christine Hyde (she's only 5'10") managed to grab 12 rebounds. F Kierra Mallard also had 16 points. LAJ's David Just recaps the game. Morris talked about the respect factor:

"I know sometimes we don’t get as much respect as we expect to get, but that’s good," Morris said, "because we can be the underdog and prove people wrong. If they’re surprised then they can be surprised when we win, because we’re not surprised at all."

The Lady Raiders don't play again until December 17th against Illinois in Chicago.

Slam Online interviewed former Red Raider Sheryl Swoope, which I enjoyed, so go check it out.

RED RAIDER BASKETBALL | LAJ's Nick Kosmider writes about how G Luke Adams is ready to contribute off the bench. Head coach Billy Gillispie talks about how everyone on the roster has to be ready:

"It’s going to be a work in progress all year long," Gillispie said. "But I love all our guys. I’m not down on any of our guys. Sometimes you don’t play them or whatever, and I’ve chosen not to play Luke until this point, but, obviously, I do love these guys, and they’re all working hard."

FSSW's Brian Smith has some thoughts on the post-preseason awards from the Big 12, i.e. who he thinks is playing well. No mention of Texas Tech, which is fine.

TEXAS TECH BASEBALL | Per the official site, OF Barrett Barnes was named the #72 best collegiate player by Baseball America. I couldn't find the link at BA, maybe someone can put it in the comments.

TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL | Per ESPN, commit CB LaDarius Newbold is still looking around and will take a visit to Arkansas. Holding onto Newbold is fairly important considering there have been few defensive backs recruited and that have stuck over the last two classes.

LAJ's Don Williams writes that UMass and UAB have hired head coaches and they're not Neal Brown.