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Bring on the PodCats with Jay Burrous of Viva The Matadors

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Texas Tech’s hot start has surprised everyone, including our SB Nation colleague, but can they keep it up against Kansas State?

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Senior Keenan Evans is the primary playmaker for Texas Tech’s offense.
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Texas Tech started the Big 12 season with an impressive 77-53 win over Baylor, then managed to top that accomplishment by going to Kansas and knocking off the Jayhawks 85-73. Viva The Matadors writer Jay Burrous doesn’t expect a letdown when the Wildcats visit Lubbock on Saturday, but he’s still cautious about believing in the Red Raiders given their history.

We talked about why these two teams match up pretty evenly, and why Dean Wade could have another big offensive game if he continues to play smart, aggressive basketball. Plus, we talked a little about coaches in the Big 12 and Jay told us why Tubby Smith certainly deserves some credit, but it’s not as if Chris Beard is just riding the coattails of his predecessor.

Bonus content: In case you missed it back in November, Jay’s postgame recap after Kansas State football rallied to beat Texas Tech 42-35 in overtime turned out to be the most read story on Viva The Matadors in 2017. He titled it “Goodbye, Kliff Kingsbury.” Check out the comments if you’ve got time.


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