Red Raiders come in at No. 22 in national polls
Texas Tech will enter Big 12 play ranked No. 22 in the Associated Press Top 25 and USA TODAY Coaches Poll after running off four straight wins that started against Louisville in New York before three home wins at the United Supermarkets Arena. The team is also at No. 38 in the NCAA NET Rankings, No. 20 by Seth Davis from The Athletic and No. 30 in the NCAA Power 36 from Andy Katz.
The Red Raiders (9-3) earned a 73-58 win over CSU Bakersfield on Sunday to extend a 54-game non-conference home winning streak and will now host Oklahoma State at 11 a.m. on Saturday in the conference opener. Tech will complete a five-game home stand by hosting No. 6 Baylor on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020 at the USA before a pair of road games at No. 16 West Virginia and Kansas State. The Big 12 currently has four teams in the rankings led by Kansas at No. 3.
Tech is 1-1 against current AP Top 25 teams this season with a 70-57 win over Louisville at Madison Square Garden and a loss to Iowa in Las Vegas the day after Thanksgiving. The Cardinals, who were ranked No. 1 at the time, are now at No. 7 following an overtime loss to Kentucky on Saturday. The Wildcats, who will travel to Lubbock to play the Red Raiders on Jan. 25 in the Big 12/SEC Challenge, are at No. 17 in this week's rankings. Gonzaga is at No. 1 followed by Duke, Kansas, Oregon and Ohio State in the top-5.
Statistically, the Red Raiders are in the top-3 of 11 categories in the conference and are now 13th nationally with 17.3 assists per game after having 16 in the win over CSU Bakersfield. Tech leads the Big 12 with 208 total assists and 208 free throws made and is second in the conference with a 76.2 free-throw shooting percentage. The team's free-throw percentage ranks 32nd nationally and the team is 36th in the NCAA with a 1.25 assist-to-turnover ratio that is fourth in the conference. Individually, Davide Moretti is now third in the nation with a 95.5 percentage from the free-throw line where he is 42 of 44 this season. A junior from Italy, Moretti remains the active career leader in the NCAA at 92.1 percent by going 163 of 177 through 87 games. Chris Clarke will enter conference play second in the Big 12 and 29th nationally with 5.8 assists per game and third in the Big 12 with 8.8 rebounds per game. Clarke is coming off a game where he flirted with a triple-double with nine assists, nine points and seven rebounds against CSU Bakersfield. He currently has 70 assists this season which is the second most in the conference and 39th throughout the country. Along with his free-throw prowess, Moretti is fifth in the Big 12 with 26 3-pointers after hitting two more in Sunday's win and Terrence Shannon, Jr. is third in the conference with 50 free throws made. A freshman from Chicago, Shannon is shooting 84.7 percent at the free-throw line which ranks fourth in the conference.
Through 12 games and entering Big 12 play, Texas Tech is scoring 76.2 points per game, is shooting 44.9 percent from the field and is limiting teams to 40.0 percent. The Red Raiders have won 54 straight non-conference home games which ranks second in the NCAA behind only Butler which is at 58. Tech has won four straight with wins over Louisville, Southern Miss, UT Rio Grande Valley and CSU Bakersfield and owns a 12.9 scoring margin advantage.