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Monday Morning Matador: Men’s basketball rises to the call

Also, tennis team notches quality wins & football program has some things go its way

The Big 12 may not have had a stellar weekend, but Texas Tech is riding pretty high after a productive week.

Men’s basketball fights back, improves to 17-4 (5-3 in conference)

After the extremely disappointing loss to Iowa State on January 20th, many people questioned if Texas Tech was pulling a... well, Texas Tech. The Red Raiders returned home on Tuesday to take on an Oklahoma State team that just defeated (then #4) Oklahoma 83-81. Despite trailing by 15, the Red Raiders rallied and scored 50 points in the second half to overcome and beat the Pokes 75-70. Keenan Evans and Jarrett Culver had big games each putting up 26 and 25 points, respectively.

Then after coming off a conference victory, the Red Raiders went into the Big 12/SEC match up weekend pitted against South Carolina. The Gamecocks were in the Final Four last year, and thus were picked by most to defeat the Red Raiders in a game based on defense. The game was incredibly well matched at different areas on the court. Both teams had a moment with a confident lead, but ultimately the grit and superstar performance from Keenan Evans, who had 31 points (!!!!), led the Red Raiders to a 70-63 victory over the Gamecocks. See more on that game here.

Women’s and Men’s tennis teams gather quality wins

Saturday afternoon the #8 women’s team secured a spot in the ITA Indoor National Championship after handily beating Wichita State 4-0. Up next the Lady Raiders take on TCU this Saturday. The #25 men’s team took down the three-time defending NCAA Champions #15 Virginia in a comeback victory, but lost against #23 Colombia to wrap up the ITA tennis kickoff weekend. The Red Raider will take on Memphis this saturday

Jones AT&T receives substantial donation and substantial visitor

Last week former Texas Tech lineman and current Rawls College of Business advisory council member, Cody Campbell donated a sum to assist in the renovations of the south end-zone of the Jones. While everyone was busy watching the Red Raiders play South Carolina over the weekend, Lubbock had a very quiet visit from a very interesting quarterback prospect. John Stephen Jones, yes that Jones , came to Lubbock to talk with some of the football staff and see what kind of operation Kingsbury is running. No doubt touring some of the new athletic renovations and stopping by some local eats, Jones tweeted out Saturday that he had a great time in Lubbock over the weekend with some pictures of him in the scarlet & black. With his grandfather being such an advocate for the Arkansas Razorbacks, it’s hard to tell where Jones will end up when the time comes.

How are you supposed to get back to work now?