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DTN Daily Diatribe | Texas Tech News, Notes and Links | 2012-03-06

ODDS AND ENDS | Recently I picked up East of Eden and I'm not too terribly far in the book, but Chapter 8 may have been the best piece of literature I've read in a decade. I know that this odd and end is out of nowhere as I've read more than my fair share of literature as an English major, but was never required to read Steinbeck. I have been meaning to pick up East of Eden or Grapes of Wrath and just never ran across either at a used book store (I try to pick up "classics" as used books for some reason as I feel like someone else has read this and decided that they no longer need it). I picked up East of Eden in a used book store about 6 months ago and started it last week. I'm enthralled. This makes me incredibly nerdy, I get that. This definitely gets the Seth C seal of approval.

Changing gears, 10 years of incredible photos from space from the satellite called Envisat.

TEXAS TECH TRACK & FIELD | Congrats to the eight student athletes who are attending the NCAA National Indoor Meet in Idaho.

TEXAS TECH SOFTBALL | Conference play already? Heck yes. The softball squad travels to Austin to start conference play against the Longhorns starting tomorrow in a three game series. UT is the #6 team in the country and Texas Tech is trotting out three underclassmen as starting pitchers while UT starts all upperclassmen.

TEXAS TECH BASEBALL | This is a one-game trip to Tempe to face a very good Arizona St. team and then takes on TCU for three games in Ft. Worth this weekend. The official site and LAJ's George Watson have very quick previews.

Texas Tech (9-3, 0-0) vs. Arizona St. (8-2)
Location: Brock Ballpark | Tempe, AZ
Radio: Affiliates
Date Start Time Texas Tech
Starting Pitcher
Arizona St.
Starting Pitcher
3.6.12 7:30 pm David Paiz (RHP)
(0-0, 0.00)
Zak Miller (RHP)
(0-0, 0.00)
LF - Brennan Moore | CF - Barrett Barnes | RF - Jamodrick McGruder
SS - Tim Proudfoot | 2ND - Bryant Burleson
3RD - Reid Redman | 1ST - Scott LeJeune
C - Bo Altobelli
DH - Matt Eureste

*Click on the score for boxscore.

TEXAS TECH BASKETBALL | News leaked yesterday that there were two committed players that visited Texas Tech this weekend, F Wannah Bail and G Michael Carey, while there was one other uncommitted player that also took a visit, F Aaron Ross (6-7/220) (Rivals profile) from St. Johns Northwest Military Academy, WI (hat-tip Eric Bossi via Twitter). Ross was originally committed to Arkansas, but had a bad ACT score and is attending a prep school in Wisconsin. Here's a quick scouting report from NBE Basketball Report:

Aaron Ross (St. John’s Northwest Military Academy 2012) – A onetime Arkansas commit, Ross played like one of the nation’s bet forwards against the loaded frontline of Brewster. He tallied 30 points and 9 rebounds by mixing 3 point shots (3-7) with hard drives to the basket. Ross has the quickness to take his man out on the perimeter but also the strength to go to work on the low block. This combination gave Brewster fits all day as they tried various defenders to slow down the big man. Only Jakarr Sampson had any success but even he gave up his share of hoops against Ross. Finding balance between inside and outside will always be important for Ross as he doesn’t want to hunt jumpers and ignore his physical advantages. He also needs to be more committed defensively and will have to define a roll on that end. He is a little bit between a 3 and a 4 right now but needs to be a 4 defensively in my mind. Regardless of position he’s a beast and showed that off today.

You can find YouTube video and Ross is #32 on the gray team. I watched the part of the game linked and there are other games there, but Ross is okay and he does appear to be a tweener and I didn't see those drives to the basket or three-point shots described above, but the guards weren't exactly setting him up either. Maybe I just found the bad part of the game to watch.

The moral to the story is that head coach Billy Gillispie isn't done recruiting.

TEXAS TECH FOOTBALL | OC Neal Brown tweeted his top performers from the scrimmage on Saturday:

I think you all have heard of everyone except for maybe IR Jordan Davis (5-9/163) a transfer from Southwestern Oklahoma St. (official site). I think that Davis played when the Joekel brothers were at Arlington (I could be wrong about this) and I couldn't find any other information or video on Davis, so this probably wasn't very informative.