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Beyond the arc: Dub Malaise, Mounting injuries, Billy Preston

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Dub Malaise

Double Dribble

Take a minute with me to reflect on the incredible career of Dub Malaise.

Dub Malaise was a 5’11 guard from Odessa, TX and played for Tech from 1964-66. The achievements for Dub were plentiful during his playing career. One of those achievements was setting the record for most points in a game when he scored 50 points against Texas in 1966.

Along with the single game scoring record, Dub also holds the school record for most free throws in a season (191). He is second all-time in career free throws made (452), career points per game (20.3), and single-season points per game (23.7). He scored 1,420 points during his career at Tech which ranks him 19th all-time.

Malaise was a three-time selection for First Team All-Southwest Conference (SWC). He was also named SWC Player of the Year in 1965 along with being named to several All-American teams that year.

Dub was inducted into the the Texas Tech Hall of Fame in 1984 and into the SWC Hall of Fame in 2014. He is currently living in the McKinney area and he and his wife run a successful real estate agency.

Mounting injuries

The midway point of the season is barely a week past and the season ending injuries are starting to mount. Many of these injuries are to key players. We know about Texas Tech’s own, Zach Smith. Let’s take a look at some other key losses around college basketball.

Billy Preston

In what is obviously an “injury” to matters of good judgment, the college career of Kansas star freshman Billy Preston is over before it ever started. ESPN’s Jeff Borzello is reporting that, “Kansas freshman Billy Preston, whose eligibility has been in question for months, has signed with BC Igokea, a European club located in Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

You might remember that Preston’s eligibility was being questioned because he was involved in a minor accident and the “financial picture” of the car he was driving was under investigation. Preston stated, ”Playing at the University of Kansas was a dream of mine, but being a professional has always been my long-term goal, [and] that day is finally here.” You just barely missed out on an opportunity to play with the Ball brothers in Lithuania Billy.

Lady Raiders

The schedule was not friendly to the Lady Raiders over the past week.

Last Saturday they dropped a home contest against No. 9 Texas 39-90. The game started off well for Tech but unraveled quickly as they were outscored by 38 points in the second and third quarters combined.

Brielle Blaire and Erin Degrate led the team in scoring with seven each. Degrate and Dayo Olabode were co-leaders in rebounds at four. The Lady Raiders struggled mightily from the field shooting only 27 percent.

On Wednesday, Tech lost a road game against No. 20 West Virginia 52-82. Degrate poured in 20 points to lead the team and Jada Terry pulled down a team leading eight rebounds. The team managed a very impressive 55 percent field goal percentage for the game.

Up next is a road contest in Stillwater against Oklahoma State on Saturday. The Lady Raiders are currently 7-13 overall and 1-8 in the Big 12.