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No. 15 Texas Tech, No. 4 K-State show similarities

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No. 15 Texas Tech, No. 4 K-State show similarities

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) Tommy Tuberville remembers having a conversation with Bill Snyder shortly after the longtime Kansas State coach had returned to the sideline from a brief retirement.

Tuberville was working as a broadcaster at the time, and remembers Snyder telling him how much work had to be done with the Wildcats to get the program back where he wanted it.

``He decided to get out, and then hated to see how the program was going and decided to go back and take it over again,'' said Tuberville, now the coach of Texas Tech. ``I'm proud for him and his family. Him wanting to get back in it, and going through the grind again.''

Well, the program is just about back to where Snyder wanted it these days, and little could Tuberville have known that his 15th-ranked Red Raiders could present the biggest hurdle to the No. 4 Wildcats' perfect regular season on Saturday.

``They've done a heck of a job. They go a different approach than a lot of other teams, but everything that they do is sound,'' Tuberville said. ``I've learned a lot from him watching how they coach, how they prepare, and they're not going to be fancy. They go out and try to make mistakes happen and capitalize on them, and that's football.''

Certainly there is no better example of ``not going to be fancy'' than Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, who has thrust himself to the forefront of the Heisman Trophy race.

Klein's coming off the finest performance of his career in one of the most dominant showings in school history. He was 19 of 21 for 323 yards and three touchdowns through the air, and had 41 yards and four TDs on the ground, in a 55-14 whitewashing of then-No. 17 West Virginia.

``We have a lot of weapons,'' Klein said, as usual deflecting the attention from himself. ``It helps everybody when you have a lot of guys that are able to contribute and make those plays.''

The Wildcats (7-0, 4-0 Big 12), who also boast a road win over No. 8 Oklahoma, rose to No. 3 in the latest BCS standings on the strength of their win in Morgantown last Saturday.

Of course, Texas Tech (6-1, 3-1) handled the Mountaineers just as easily.

The Red Raiders rolled to a 49-14 win two weeks ago, when West Virginia was still unbeaten, in some ways drawing up a blueprint for Kansas State. Texas Tech followed that up with a thrilling, triple-overtime victory over TCU last Saturday to make two straight wins over Top 25 teams.

``They throw it, they catch it, they have an extremely talented quarterback, as good of wide receivers as there are anywhere in the country, some returning guys. They're just very successful at what they do,'' Snyder said. ``They execute extremely well.''

That quarterback is Seth Doege, the Red Raiders' own Heisman Trophy candidate.

After throwing three interceptions in a loss to Oklahoma, the senior has been phenomenal over the past couple of weeks. He threw for 499 yards and six touchdowns against the Mountaineers, and then had 318 yards passing and seven touchdowns last week against the Horned Frogs.

Just like Klein, the Heisman Trophy is the last thing on his mind.

``I'm just enjoying the ride,'' Doege said. ``I think if you worry about stuff like that too much and start thinking about it, you kind of lose focus on what the big goal is.''

While the headliners on Saturday will no doubt be the quarterbacks, and the potent offenses that they direct, neither team would be chasing a Big 12 title without their defenses.

The Wildcats limited the Sooners to a season-low 19 points at their own place, and last week put a crimp in West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith's Heisman hopes. He threw his first two picks of the season and finished 21 of 32 for 143 yards, his only touchdown toss - the Mountaineers' only offensive score - coming with 7:31 left and his team trailing by 45 points.

``I think our performance is due to our preparation throughout practice, and being able to see our performance,'' Wildcats linebacker Arthur Brown said. ``It is really just the confirmation that we need to continue to be successful throughout the season.''

Texas Tech is no slouch on the defensive side of the ball, either, a marked departure from the days when Mike Leach was running the program.

The Red Raiders are seventh nationally in total defense, making them one of two teams in the country - Florida State being the other - to be ranked in the top 12 in total offense and defense.

``We've got to play our game,'' Tuberville said. ``We've got to get ready, play much better, prepare much better, focus, understand what we're getting ready to get into. It will be a big-time atmosphere, playing one of the top teams in the country.''

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: OTAs Day 1

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news including a recap of the first day of OTAs.

Player/Team Notes: 

1. Yesterday, (Monday) was the first day of the Ravens' OTAs. OTAs continue today (Tuesday) as the Ravens work on developing a new offense. Check out some of the highlights here. 

2. The Baltimore Ravens have officially announced the full 90-man roster that will be competing for an official team roster spot in OTAs this summer. 

Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jaxson Hayes

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2019 NBA Draft prospect profile: Jaxson Hayes

The Washington Wizards will have the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Here is the latest in our series on draft prospects who could fall around where the Wizards will select...

2019 NBA Draft Wizards Prospect Preview: Jaxson Hayes

School: Texas
Position: Center
Age: 19
Height: 7-0
Weight: 219
Wingspan: 7-4
Max vertical: 34.5 in.

2018/19 stats: 10.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 0.3 apg, 0.6 spg, 2.2 bpg, 72.8 FG% (3.8/5.3), 00.0 3PT% (0.0/0.0), 74.0 FT%

Player comparison: Jarrett Allen, John Henson

Projections: NBC Sports Washington 10th, NBADraft.net 9th, Bleacher Report 10th, Sports Illustrated 9th, Ringer 10th

5 things to know:

*Hayes is considered the best center prospect in this year's class. He is athletic, plays with energy and measured in at the combine at about 7-feet in shoes with a 7-foot-4 wingspan. He can run the floor and play above the rim.

*The skill that stands out most for Hayes is rim protection. He averaged 2.2 blocks in only 23.3 minutes per game. That extrapulates to 5.7 blocks over 100 possessions. He has long arms and appears to have good instincts tracking the ball in the lane. He is following in the footsteps of fellow Texas shot-blockers before him like Myles Turner and Jarrett Allen. The latter may be the best player comparison for Hayes in today's NBA.

*Hayes is not considered a very good rebounder. He averaged 5.0 per game and only once reached double figures. It could be that he just needs to add some weight, an issue that is correctable but would hurt him even more at the NBA level initially. The worst-case concern is that he is soft and won't do the necessary dirty work.

*At this point, Hayes offers nothing in the way of an outside shot. He didn't attempt a single three-pointer in college and didn't do much on offense outside of dunks and putbacks. In order to justify being taken with a high draft pick, he will either need to develop a post game, an outside shot or be extremely good on defense. His lack of an all-round game will certainly give some teams pause in evaluating him.

*Hayes comes from a family of impressive athletes. His father played 12 seasons in the NFL and recently served as the tight ends coach for the Cincinnati Bengals. His mother played basketball at Drake University and later coached in college, including a stint as an assistant at Oklahoma. Hayes followed his father's footsteps by playing wide receiver in high school before a growth spurt made it clear basketball was the path to go.

Fit with Wizards: Hayes is one of the best fits for the Wizards among the players who could be available with the ninth pick. He does what they arguably lack the most, which is play defense and more specifically protect the rim.

The Wizards allowed the most field goals within five feet of any team this past season and the third-highest field goal percentage in that range. They desperately need someone who can block and alter shots.

Hayes would likely be the Wizards' best shot-blocker Day 1. But whether he can help them in other ways is a question at this point.

Hayes would represent a bit of a project for the Wizards and may not have All-Star potential because of his offensive limitations. Still, he remains one of their best options in the first round. Long-term, he could transform their defense and form a strong pick-and-roll partner for John Wall.

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