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Monday Morning Matador 3.6.17

It’s March. Football is kind of back. Baseball is killing it. Things are good.

NCAA Basketball: Texas Tech at Kansas State Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

**steps outside**

**inhales deeply**

Ahhh, Spring is in the air. Football is relevant again. Baseball season is in full swing. The troubles the harsh winter has delivered on the basketball front are all but in the past.

There is optimism in the air among the Texas Tech faithful, and there are plenty of reasons why. Let’s take a look this morning on what’s going on in Raiderland.

TTU Baseball goes 2-1 in Shriners Classic

Things were bleak when Tech got pounced by Texas A&M in the opener, but what a response from what has turned out to be a resilient Texas Tech baseball team: two wins against premier SEC talents to close out the Shriners Classic. We’ve been saying it for weeks, but it’s true: Texas Tech is a legit baseball school.

Three questions for the Texas Tech Red Raiders this spring

This was written Friday about opening weekend practice, but the questions remain prominent: What newcomers will make a difference, and who else can step up at quarterback?

Fifth biggest issue for Texas Tech in spring: Can the Red Raiders find a spark on special teams?

Special teams matter. There is no Jakeem Grant on this year’s squad, or at least, such an individual has not yet revealed himself to the public. Oh, and the punting game needs lots of work. Special teams have proven to win and lose games for programs every year. Let’s hope Kingsbury can turn things around, starting in the spring.

Kliff Kingsbury's focus this spring needs to be fixing one of the nation's worst defenses

As if Kingsbury didn’t have enough to worry about. Look, Tech doesn’t need to come out and be Alabama defensively. Just stop giving up 500 yards per game. I feel like that’s not a lot to ask, but, in reality, that’s a huge task. Last year, Tech lost three games in which it scored 44 or more points. Just win those games. It can’t be that hard...can it?

That’s all for today. Have a great Monday, Red Raider fans. It’s a new season. Let’s enjoy it.